In Phnom Penh, Khiri staff planted a herb garden in the office grounds. In Bali the staff learned fromBook Greener, which encourages the booking of green hotels. In Vientiane the team initiated a Mekong River clean-up. In Colombo, Khiri launched a reusable water bottle campaign. The Khiri Ho Chi Minh City office welcomed an international consultant for a presentation on better waste management. In Bangkok, the Khiri Sustainability and Responsible Tourism Manager gave presentations on sustainable tourism at the International School Bangkok.
Khiri Travel also had 150 cotton ‘Earth Bags’ painted by the Special People Foundation in Chiang Mai. Proceeds from the purchase of the bags go to the Foundation, which helps disabled young people. The colorfully decorated cotton bags will be used to reduce the use of plastic bags by Khiri staff and clients.
Teams at each of Khiri Travel’s 16 offices in eight countries held discussions on further steps to reduce waste in the office, home and on tours.
In Bangkok, Graham Read, the Khiri Sustainability and Responsible Tourism Manager, said: “The road to sustainability begins with awareness raising. Earth Day is a perfect platform. Khiri Travel aims to inspire staff and clients to make everyday choices that make a positive contribution. Every little bit helps.”
Khiri Travel’s mission is to champion the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. The DMC follows an environmental code of conduct. In December 2013, Khiri Travel was certified by the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) run by Sustainable Travel International (STI).