Travelife accolade for travel firms

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BANGKOK, 25 June 2015: Two tour operators with a strong presence in ASEAN, EXO Travel and Khiri Travel, gained Travelife Certification from the United Nations Environment Programme for its work in Cambodia and Vietnam.

EXO Travel, which has offices across Asia was commended by UNEP officer for sustainable consumption and production, Janet Salem, for setting an example of how business success, client satisfaction and sustainability could go hand-in-hand.

“They have paved the way for other companies in Asia to follow and to make a real difference for the industry at large,” she said.

Travelife, which was originally established with the support of European travel associations, is a leading international sustainability certification across the industry.

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EXO Travel receives its certificate at PATA HQ. From left: PATA CEO Mario Hardy, UNEP programme director, Janet Salem and EXO Travel CEO Olivier Colomès.

Achieving certification requires compliance with 229 criteria, among which 150 are compulsory measures, covering the company’s office management, product range, supply chain and customer information.

The Travelife standard is promoted worldwide by 35 national travel associations to members in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

EXO Travel CEO Olivier Colomès said: “At EXO Travel, we are really proud to have reached this important milestone; as a major company it meant getting over 300 members of our team throughout Cambodia and Vietnam committed to the comprehensive and demanding requirements of Travelife.”

The company started the certification process in early 2014 under the guidance of the EXO Foundation.

Travelife manager for tour operators, Naut Kusters noted that EXO Travel and Khiri Travel were the first Southeast Asian companies to fully comply with the Travelife Certified criteria.

“The awarded companies are the frontrunners. It is our aim to change the industry at large, and encourage more and more Asian tour operators to take an active approach towards sustainability.”

Established initially to serve the Dutch travel market to Thailand, Khiri Travel has expanded with a network of offices in Southeast Asia. Its head office is in Bangkok.

EXO Travel was formerly known as Exotissimo, which was founded in 1993 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Today it has 20 offices within eight countries; Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.

(Source: EXO Travel media release)