Exo Travel pushes carbon neutral tours

Bangkok-headquartered DMC Exo Travel has announced its latest efforts to fight climate change with carbon neutral holidays, allowing clients to travel carbon neutral with a minimal fee.

Through its not-for-profit arm, Exo Foundation, the DMC is organising tourism activities that minimise travellers’ carbon footprint, promoting wildlife experiences that encourage the preservation of natural habitats, as well as regrowing forests in Vietnam and Borneo. The company is also working with Nexus for Development to purchase carbon credits to offset all regional flights that are purchased via Exo Travel.

Furthermore, guests who book through Exo Travel can now make their holiday completely carbon neutral by choosing to offset the carbon from their hotels, activities and transport for a small fee. Carbon credits or funds will go towards protecting and regrowing forests, cleaner energy and wildlife protection in places that need them most, said the company in a statement.

Exo has integrated a carbon calculation mechanism into their operating system, so the system will generate the average carbon cost of each trip. This value is then given to their guests who can choose if they’d like to offset the carbon footprint of their trip.

Ruben Derksen, Exo Travel’s product and marketing director, said: “It costs around US$1.50 per person per day to offset their carbon footprint. So for a 10-day holiday, it’ll only cost a guest US$15. It’s incredibly cheap to do the right thing and we think we can generate a lot of funds to protect, regrow and fund reforestation efforts in Asia.”

Exo said it believes that with this new initiative, they should be able to plant at least 20,000 new trees in 2020.

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