Khiri on sales mission at FITUR

MADRID, 19 January 2017: ASEAN speciality tour operator, Khiri Travel, is showcasing its  Southeast Asian travel content at the Spain’s top trade show FITUR.

Khiri Travel says it is attending the trade show to open new travel options in Southeast Asia for Spanish speaking  tour operators who wish to discover authentic local travel in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Maldives.

Khiri Travel is represented at the show by managers, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka & Maldives, and Florencia Allo Moreno of Khiri Travel Vietnam.

inside no 6They have extensive DMC management experience in Southeast Asia combined with in-depth knowledge of their current destinations, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

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

In Sri Lanka, it 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.

Similar innovative programmes are being sold to travel trade visitors at FITUR focusing on Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Myanmar and the Grand Palace in Bangkok destinations that Khiri guides adopt a different approach to traditional travel firms.

“For example, we enter Shwe Dagon Pagoda by a back entrance and talk to fortune tellers,” said 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.”

To date, Khiri Travel’s main B2B markets have been Netherlands, UK, Germany and the US. “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.