Destination Asia duo win Travelife status

BANGKOK, 11 June 2018: Destination Asia Group bagged Travelife Partner awards, last week, for country offices in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Destination Asia Indonesia and Destination Asia Malaysia gained recognition for their long-term efforts and Destination Asia’s support in responsible travel and corporate social responsibility in Asia.

The award acknowledges compliance with more than 100 criteria, related to the operator’s office management, product range, international business partners and customer information.

The Travelife standard covers ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations.

It is formally recognised as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Destination Asia Chief Operating Officer, Nicholas Mulley said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this accolade for our sustainability efforts. It is important we lead by example, which meant getting over 300 staff members committed to the wide-ranging and exacting requirements of Travelife.”

Destination Asia Indonesia and Destination Asia Malaysia are the second and third countries within the Destination Asia Group to achieve Travelife Partner.

Destination Asia Thailand was the first to receive the award and it is now joined by Indonesia and Malaysia. All three organisations are now working with Travelife to achieve  certification for the highest sustainability recognition.

Since becoming a Travelife member, Destination Asia has joined with other DMCs as members of the ‘Elephant Camp Welfare and Sustainability Standard and Assessment Initiative’.

At present, there is absence of widely accepted criteria and an evaluation system for elephant camps in Asia.

As a key member of the group, Destination Asia is helping develop common standards and tools in order to jointly evaluate suppliers and ultimately, motivate camps towards improved animal welfare and sustainability standards.