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Khiri Travel Reveals New Products and Partnership Ahead of ITB Berlin

March 9, 2018

Khiri Travel Reveals New Products and Partnership Ahead of ITB Berlin
A new Thailand-Cambodia coastal combination, new frontiers in Sulawesi, tours with personality in Sri Lanka, add-on programs for Myanmar, and the announcement of a sales and marketing partnership for Germany will be among the Khiri Travel highlights at ITB Berlin 2018

Southeast Asia-based responsible tourism DMC, Khiri Travel has announced four new destination products for ITB Berlin and a new sales and marketing partnership for the German market. Here are the details:

Indonesia: Connecting to Sulawesi and Beyond
The new Khiri Travel office in Makassar, Sulawesi opened in December. It is now looking after Khiri itineraries in Sulawesi, Kalimantan, The Moluccas, and Papua. “Sulawesi is a massive destination in itself – with increasingly good air links,” says Herman Hoven, Khiri Travel Indonesia GM. An increasing number of direct flights from Singapore, Jakarta and Bali are making it more accessible. Hoven recommends Toraja, north to the Poso Lake and Bada Valley in Lore Lindu national park. Then over to the Togean islands to see the Bajo people who live on stilt houses in the open sea. He also recommends Wakatobi, a string of idyllic islands known to divers. Garuda now flies to Wakatobi.

Thailand-Cambodia Coastal Connection
Khiri Travel is now promoting Chantaburi in southeast Thailand. Known for its French influence over 100 years ago, most notably its church, the little-visited province can now be combined with nature conservation hikes and kayaking at the Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia. An option is to finish on the quiet Thai island beach retreat of Koh Kood. There are daily direct flights from Angkor to Sihanoukville, another gateway to Cardamom Tented Camp and the border crossing to Thailand.

Insiders with a Story to Tell in Sri Lanka
New to Colombo, Galle, Negombo, Kandy and Jaffna, Khiri Travel has announced conversations with local personalities who have a story to tell. Each insider encapsulates the spirit of place. The personalities include a chef, an archaeologist, street food expert, a painter, a historian, and an artist whose daughter plays sitar.

New 2D/1N Add-On Programs in Myanmar
Khiri Travel Myanmar has announced new 2D/1N add-on programs to take people off the beaten track and closer to local communities across central Myanmar. Five options include Hidden Oases, Cycle Adventure from Bagan to Salay, Yandabo and the Burmese Star Tortoise, A Remote Lake Adventure Beyond Inle in Shan State, and Moeyungyi Wetlands and Golden Rock.

The emphasis on all five is getting to know communities in rural areas and finding out how they live,” says Melissa Tan, Khiri Travel Myanmar GM.

DiaMonde to Represent Khiri Travel in Germany
Effective 1 February, Khiri Travel has appointed DiaMonde to be its sales and marketing representative for Germany. Richard Brouwer, CCO of Khiri Travel, said: “The Khiri Travel and DiaMonde partnership is innovative and fresh. It will take both companies in new directions. We both believe there will be big demand for Khiri Travel’s unique brand of responsible tourism among thoughtful and discerning German customers with a passion for discovery.

Khiri Travel will be represented at ITB Berlin (Hall 26B, Stand 203) by Founder Willem Niemeijer, CCO Richard Brouwer, Khiri Travel Myanmar GM Melissa Tan, Khiri Travel Indonesia GM Herman Hoven, Khiri Travel Vietnam GM Oleg Shafnarov (at the Global Discovery stand, Hall 4.1/238), Khiri Travel Myanmar MD Edwin Briels (at the Myanmar stand Hall 26B/226), Khiri Travel Sales & Marketing for Europe Adrian Croft, and Khiri Travel Germany Sales Manager Dana Leidel.

For further information email: travel.trade@khiri.com. Or make an ITB appointment with Khiri Travel here.


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Khiri Travel Announces New Eco Tours in Thailand and Indonesia

March 21, 2017

Khiri Travel Announces New Eco Tours in Thailand and Indonesia
New community and nature based experiences in Phitsanulok, Loei, Chiang Khan and North Lombok revealed ahead of ITB Berlin

Khiri Travel will unveil two new community and nature based tour experiences in northern Thailand and North Lombok at ITB Berlin. The emphasis is on unique insights into lesser-known corners of popular destinations, with the trips giving flexible options, depending on budget and interests.

In Thailand
Continuing its mission to reinvent tourists’ perceptions of Thailand, Khiri Travel will introduce its “Hidden Gem: Phitsanulok to Loei & Udon Thani” 4D/3N trip at ITB.

In it, guests enjoy a trip to Phra Buddha Chinnarat in historic Phitsanulok and a trip to Phu Hin Rongkla a former 1970s communist stronghold in the mountains and the strange Suan Hin Pha Ngan geological karst formations.

There’s a bicycle ride to a weaving village, lunch in an eco farm and overnight in Chiang Khan, a teakwood settlement with narrow lanes on the southern bank of the Mekong river overlooking Laos. Guests have the option of staying in a Thai-style villa with pool overlooking the Mekong or a chic hotel in town beside walking street.

From there guests can travel on to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos or on to Udon Thani via Phu Pra Bat historical rock formations for air connections.

In Lombok, Indonesia
Khiri Travel Indonesia is launching a two-day community based experience combining Sembalun*, North Lombok, the gateway to Mt Rinjani and the Gili islands of East Lombok.

Guests ride a bicycle through verdant fields in Sembalun to a weaving village for coffee and a chance to listen (and play) traditional gamelan music, then ride through a bamboo forest to see a community school where the emphasis is on learning while playing.

The trip then takes guests to East Lombok for overnight camping on a deserted island in the eastern Gili islands. The Khiri guide takes guests by boat to a mangrove conservation area on Gili Petagan, to a remote beach on tiny Gili Layar and on to Gili Kondo for overnight camping.

In the morning enjoy snorkeling, beach exploration and relaxing followed by a beach barbecue then back to the mainland.

Visit Khiri Travel at ITB Berlin at Hall 26 B, Stand 226 to find out more about new travel experiences in Indonesia, Thailand and around Southeast Asia.

*  The Khiri Travel bicycle rides in Sembulan were developed as part of GIZ-SREGIP, a German-Indonesian cooperation project. Khiri Travel shares its best practices through GIZ-SREGIP to community partners to improve their knowledge on how to develop the trip with consideration of environment, local culture and visitor satisfaction levels.

Khiri Travel Experts Showcase Southeast Asia at FITUR

January 11, 2017

Khiri Travel Experts Showcase Southeast Asia at FITUR

Khiri Travel aims to open new markets for Spanish speaking B2B tour operators who wish to discover authentic local travel in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Maldives.

Multiple award-winning Khiri Travel is bringing 23 years of Southeast Asian DMC experience to Madrid for FITUR, 18-22 January.

At the event, Khiri will be represented at booth 6A35 by innovative managers, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, General Manager of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka & Maldives, and Florencia Allo Moreno, Country Manager of Khiri Travel Vietnam. They have extensive DMC management experience in Southeast Asia combined with in-depth knowledge of their current destinations, Sri Lanka and Vietnam(read more about Gonzalo and Florencia below).

Florencia says that Khiri Travel distinguishes itself from other DMCs in Asia by focusing on in-depth local knowledge, highly informative local guides and showing natural community life in inspirational settings.

For example, in Hanoi, Florencia has introduced a back lane tour of the Old Quarter where guests see Tai Chi being practised and discover amazing Hanoi street food snacks such as baguettes, grilled pork and noodles and ‘egg coffee’ in hidden cafes.

In Sri Lanka, Gonzalo has introduced informal six-a-side cricket for guests in the 500-year-old heritage city of Galle in the south coast followed by a gin and tonic and a tour of the ancient ramparts overlooking the Indian Ocean.

When Khiri does visit iconic locations, they do it right. In popular places such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Myanmar and the Grand Palace in Bangkok Khiri guides take an alternative approach.

“For example, we enter Shwe Dagon Pagoda by a back entrance and talk to fortune tellers,” says Florencia. “In Angkor we discover the quieter temples away from the crowds early in the morning. In Bangkok, as well as the Grand Palace, we take guests on a back street walking tour through the historic Rattanakosin heritage district nearby.”

Says Gonzalo: “It’s about doing the major highlights right then moving on to surprising local discoveries where we get close to people and their traditional customs in a respectful way. There is always surprise and delight just around the corner.”

To date, Khiri Travel’s main B2B markets have been Netherlands, UK, Germany and the USA. “We feel it’s the right time to show Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets the amazing cultural diversity of Asia,” said Gonzalo.

In the last five years, Khiri Travel has won awards such as “Best DMC Worldwide”, “Best Travel Agency – Indochina”, “Best Responsible Tourism Website”, “Inbound Travel Operator of the Year”, and the Pacific Asia Travel Association Grand Award for Heritage and Culture — for a tented camp project in Cambodia. A list of recent Khiri Travel awards can be inspected here.

For an appointment to meet Khiri Travel’s Gonzalo or Florencia at FITUR, email travel.trade@khiri.com.

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YAANA Ventures Takes Stake In Grasshopper Adventures

April 1, 2016

YAANA Ventures Takes Stake In Grasshopper Adventures

Newly-created YAANA Ventures, which invests in, advises and manages responsible travel and hospitality companies, has taken a stake in Grasshopper Adventures, which provides high quality bicycle tours in Asia.

YAANA Ventures CEO Willem Niemeijer signed the agreement with Grasshopper Director Adam Platt-Hepworth in Cambodia on 23 March.

The aim of the partnership is to expand Grasshopper, which currently runs bicycle trips in 15 Asian countries and handles roughly 17,000 visitors per year. As with all YAANA Ventures, YAANA will support Grasshopper through investment, managerial expertise, marketing support and human resource training.

Grasshopper has offices in Mandalay, Bagan, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Saigon, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Its bicycle trips range from night rides in Bangkok to multi-day overland cross-border journeys in Indochina. Grasshopper also leads pioneering trips to destinations such as Bhutan, Japan and Uzbekistan.

After signing the deal, Niemeijer said that Grasshopper and YAANA were ideal partners due to “a shared vision and belief in responsible tourism which drives a commitment to authentic local travel.”

He added: “We were attracted to Grasshopper due to their focus on quality. This comes through in their belief in empowered ownership, frequent staff training, and their regularly renewed fleets of bicycles, all of which results in a superior guest experience.

Platt-Hepworth said that Grasshopper prides itself on providing bike trips for a diverse range of clients. Cyclists’ ages have ranged from 5 to 75 since the company was founded in 2004.

Whether it’s a family with young children visiting the Mekong region, or pioneering trips to destinations such as Mongolia or Uzbekistan, we make sure guests have real and immersive experiences,” said Platt-Hepworth.

In addition to Grasshopper Adventures, YAANA Ventures also partners with  GROUND (community development for student and business teams), Anurak Community Lodge (an eco-resort in southern Thailand), Banteay Chhmar Tents in Cambodia, and award winning DMC, Khiri Travel.

 

 

Khiri Group Offsets Carbon Footprint for Family of Companies

February 3, 2016

Khiri Group Offsets Carbon Footprint for Family of Companies
It takes about 40 years for one tree to offset one mid-range business flight

The Khiri Group has offset the 2014 carbon footprint of its family of companies for the 2014 year. It plans to offset its 2015 footprint by mid 2016.

Two tree planting campaigns took place in 2015 to offset 100 tons of carbon generated by Khiri Travel and Khiri Group in 2014. Some 80 mangrove trees were planted at Bang Kra Chao just outside Bangkok. In Indonesia, the company planted 1500 Albasia trees at Kecamatan Salam in Central Java.

The calculations on the extent of the group’s 2014 footprint were made by the Plant a Tree Today Foundation (PATT) in Thailand and Trees4Trees in Indonesia. They assessed the Khiri Group’s business flights in 2014 and derived a figure of 100 tons of CO2.

With partners such as PATT and Trees4Trees, the offsetting process becomes measurable and doable with clear actions and outcomes,” said Khiri Group CEO Willem Niemeijer. “Our offsetting is consistent with our commitment to Travelife goals of being a company that stands for the planet as well as people and profit,” he said.

Niemeijer said Khiri Group’s 2015 footprint calculation would be available in the next few weeks for tree planting action by mid 2016.

In April 2014, the company also offset its 2013 emissions by planting 100 mangrove trees at the Bang Pu Nature Education Training Centre 40km south of Bangkok.

Around 50% of the world’s mangrove forests have been destroyed in the last 50 years,” said Mark Remijan, Partner and CFO of Khiri Group. “Khiri is active in this area because regeneration of mangroves boosts wildlife diversity as well as turning CO2 into oxygen.

According to PATT, a UK registered charity, one mangrove tree can absorb approximately 800 kg of CO2 during its 40-year lifetime.This is approximately equivalent to, for example, what a single round-trip Hanoi to Phuket flight emits.

Each year, Khiri plants mangrove trees at Samut Prakarn in the outskirts of Bangkok to compensate its emissions from the previous year.

Mangrove forests play a vital role in acting as spawning and nursery areas for many species. Mangroves absorb more carbon dioxide per unit area than ocean phytoplankton, a critical factor in global climate stability.

Mangroves maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land. The inter-tidal trees around the world not only provide ecological functions essential to surrounding habitats, but are also an important resource for coastal communities engaging in industries such as fish farming and charcoal making.

Khiri Travel in Indonesia and Thailand offers trips to the tree planting areas for visitors interested in carbon offsetting and mangrove culture.

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Khiri Travel Appoints GSA for Austrian, Czech and Slovak Markets

August 26, 2015

Khiri Travel Appoints GSA for Austrian, Czech and Slovak Markets
Khiri Travel has signed a deal with Austria-based R Asien, which will represent Khiri Travel as its exclusive DMC for Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.

The partnership takes effect from August 2015 and will connect Khiri with outbound tour operators and travel agents in central Europe who are seeking innovative and responsible itineraries in Southeast Asia.

Since its foundation in 2011, R Asien has built its reputation by sourcing original travel itineraries in 12 European and Asian countries.
Khiri Travel’s recent Travelife certification for Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam will help us connect discerning travel agents in Europe with a Southeast Asian DMC that has a responsible and audited approach,” says Martin Rokyta, General Manager and founder of R Asien.

R Asien will now sell Khiri Travel’s experiences in Southeast Asia including award winning trips to Banteay Chhmar tented camp in Cambodia and discovery tours to remote corners of Myanmar, among many more mainstream options.

“With Travelife certification we are internally set-up for success,” says Andre van der Marck, Vice President, Khiri Travel.

The time is right for Khiri to work with great GSA partners such as R Asien to enter new markets and really open their eyes to what we can offer to FITs, groups and MICE clients,” says van der Marck.


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