Being a trusted destination management company (DMC) means the world to us. With over twenty years experience, we are leading the charge in responsible tourism.
Travelife is a training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to reaching greater sustainability. The Travelife system aims to help DMCs, tour operators and travel agencies manage and improve social, environmental and economic impacts (the triple-bottom line) by complying with over 200 sustainability criteria.
STEP Bronze Certification
Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organization with the purpose of collaborating with destinations, businesses and travelers to implement innovative sustainable tourism development and conservation.
At Khiri Travel we are committed to growing our business in a sustainable manner. Khiri Travel aims to maximize the positive effects of tourism on individuals and local communities, while minimizing negative social, environmental and economic impacts.
Our company strongly advocates that sustainability is no longer a luxury, but a must-do so we leave a world that is livable for our children. Responsible travel practices are at the core of our product development and operations. We have also made a firm commitment towards social and environmental sustainability throughout our supply chain.
Our Sustainability Policies describe in more detail how we put this commitment into practice.
At Khiri Travel, we believe that forming a community is vital to the success of any endeavor. A community requires respect, a sense of safety and security, and pathways to develop and grow. Our teams and workplace are built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect for one another. This philosophy extends to all aspects of operations and our local partners at our various destinations.
The Child Safe Tourism campaign aims to empower travelers with knowledge and information on the simple actions to protect children and young people from danger and abuse in tourism areas. The Child Safe Tourism campaign seeks to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in travel activities in developing countries, particularly in South East Asia.
With strong relationships built on trust and safety, we can nurture an environment that promotes sustainable growth.
See the full policy: People Interactions & Sustainability
Glass Water Bottles in Hotels
To help travelers set the right example and to decrease their carbon footprint, we encourage acting on ways to minimize waste. Can you imagine a world where travelers reject the wastefulness of using disposable plastic water bottles? Following is a growing overview of hotels in Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam that actively seek to reduce, reuse and recycle by offering water to guests in glass bottles or by offering filtered tap water to their guests.
Travelers Against Plastic
Khiri Travel supports TAP Travelers Against Plastic – a United States based non-profit organization. TAP aims to educate travelers on the importance of using reusable water containers instead of buying and using plastic bottles. It is better for the traveler, the people they visit and for the planet.
Plant A Tree Today
Plant A Tree Today (PATT) is a UK registered charity and a Thailand Foundation operating throughout the Southeast Asia region. PATT initiates, develops and manages large-scale reforestation projects countering deforestation and climate change.
At Khiri Travel, we understand that the issue of using elephants for tourism-related purposes is a controversial topic. As such, we have reviewed our position and trying to ensure that we are following best practices’ aligned with the Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard and Assessment Guidelines by Travelife and ACES, the Asian Captive Elephant Standards.”
Responsible Tourism and Animal Encounters
At Khiri Travel, we believe that viewing wild animals in their natural habitat is the best way to experience the incredible biodiversity Asia still has to offer. However, when not managed responsibly, wildlife encounters have the potential to harm animal welfare and conservation efforts.
Animal Welfare Policy
There are many opportunities for travelers to view or interact with animals in the countries in which Khiri Travel operates. Such experiences can raise awareness for the plight of these animals under pressure from diminishing habitats. These travel experiences can also create interest in supporting rehabilitation and conservation efforts and thereby increase animal protection.
Travel Products actively conserve the environment and support the restoration of native flora and fauna at holiday destinations. While promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle in our destinations, our activities continue to educate local people about reducing their footprint and environmental impact.
Sustainable Products should have a positive impact on the local community. As our partners empower their communities about their products, simultaneously promoting the local culture and traditions while advocating social equality and supporting underprivileged or marginalized groups.
In 2020, Khiri Travel became a proud signatory of the Tourism Declares Climate Emergency Initiative. Many regions of the world have declared a climate emergency, and the countries that Khiri Travel operates in are not immune.
While we believe tourism, conducted in a sustainable and responsible manner, has positive effects that contribute to the planet and people, we must also acknowledge the impact that tourism has on our climate. As such, Khiri Travel is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals across the seven countries in which we are active: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Khiri Reach, our nonprofit organization, works with local communities and organizations to implement initiatives addressing climate change; read here.
We accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet-warming within 1.5 degrees. Our Climate Emergency Plan helps us, monitor, evaluate, and improve our environmental impact.