Khiri Travel has become the first DMC in South-east Asia to be Travelife certified across all its offices.
In the last few days, Khiri Travel’s operations in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Laos earned Travelife certifications for the first time, joining offices in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar which retained existing certification over the last few months.
Travelife certification is awarded to tour operators after rigorous systems, policy and procedure checks onsite by Travelife auditors. The three-stage Travelife process acknowledges the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development CSR guidelines, which include labour conditions, human rights, environmental responsibilities, biodiversity and fair business practices across the company and its supply chains.
Khiri Travel CEO Herman Hoven said: “With full Travelife certification in all our destinations, clients can rest assured that they are working with a responsible operator who cares about the bigger picture and has the processes and metrics in place to prove it.”
Khiri Travel was one of the first DMCs in Asia to be Travelife certified in 2015. Since then, Khiri has been a proactive supporter of the responsible tourism agenda advanced by Travelife, leading DMCs and PATA through its Tour Operators’ Sustainability Working Group.
The Travelife standard for tour operators is also formally recognised by the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
Commenting on Khiri Travel’s full accreditation in seven destinations, Naut Kusters, general manager of tour operators and travel agents for Travelife, said: “I am delighted that Khiri Travel continues to be a front runner in sustainability. Khiri has always been willing to share its experience and enthusiasm with other companies, for example, through PATA’s working groups.”
Kusters believes sector-wide engagement can become a turning point for the tourism industry in Asia.
“By working together, leading DMCs can set industry standards and positively influence the behaviour of suppliers,” he said.