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Khiri Travel gets sustainability certificate

Bangkok-based DMC becomes "eco-certified" company

Willem Niemeijer leads the Khiri Travel team
Willem Niemeijer leads the Khiri Travel team

Khiri Travel as been certified as a sustainable tourism company following an audit of the company’s operations by Sustainable Travel International (STI).

The Bangkok-based DMC earned bronze level certification in STI’s Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), after satisfying more than 20 environmental criteria.

The award designates Khiri as an “eco-certified STEP tour operator”. To achieve this, Khiri’s past, current and future environmental actions were assessed, covering 21 criteria including water consumption, supply chain management, greenhouse gas emissions, use of pollution prevention vehicles, buying locally produced products and client education.

“By embracing STEP, we’ve put a measurable commitment to sustainable practices at the core of Khiri Travel’s operations,” said Willem Niemeijer, Khiri Travel CEO.

“When we started we implemented not only the required practices, but looked to see what else could be done. For example, we changed all our non-recycling batteries to rechargeable ones and installed motion detectors for the lights in restrooms,” he added.

Khiri also hired a coordinator to liaise with STI to create a range of initiatives that satisfied the STEP criteria. And Niemeijer said Khiri would now start working towards higher certification goals by the end of the year.

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