As the first of our 5 corporate values here at Easia Travel lists ‘caring’, each one of us feels responsible for not only the people we work for, or work with, but also greatly for the people of the communities we work and operate in.
Keeping ‘humans’ at our core in pretty much everything we do, the creation of our Self-Guided Tours bears no difference and inspires us to create innovative new travel products that ultimately deliver a quadruple win. A win for everyone involved in the programs we conduct: us, you, your travelers, as well as the people of the communities, visited.
Driven by purpose & targeting recovery
As outlined earlier in our 4th article in the ESGT explainer series; ‘Why Add Self-Guided Tours to Your Product Portfolio?’, one of the main missions of our Self-Guided Tours is to help travelers spend their money at locally owned businesses in the destination. This way, your travelers’ spending would directly (and indirectly) help to restore much-needed economic post-pandemic stability for many of the seriously distressed workers and small businesses in Southeast Asia’s hospitality industry.
This underlying principle is what drives us forward.
Developed on standards
Standard to every product we design and every tour we facilitate, all our products and operations are in strict accordance with both Travelife for Tour Operators & Travel Agents as well as Childsafe guidelines & requirements and complemented with our own Easia Sustainability Policy.
In order to support a respectful and positive experience for both the ones visiting as the ones visited, a traveler’s code of conduct is included in all digital ESGT road books.
Passionate support for NGOs & small local businesses
All our self-guided itineraries include tips on where to eat and drink, focusing on the best local eateries, coffee shops, and more, not only delivering a more local and authentic experience for your traveler but also enabling them to spend their money with local NGOs or family run businesses instead of international chains.
The same goes for our drivers and transportation partners, and we’ll use local means of transportation where possible.
In terms of accommodation, we’ll usually suggest smaller and locally owned boutique hotels in the cities and vetted home stays for overnights during more remote excursions.
We have great relationships with local suppliers for our bicycles and any additional equipment your travelers could potentially need.
Enabling remote communities and underprivileged families to benefit from international tourism
For meals and accommodation while out on ‘hybrid’ self-guided tours in the remote corners of our destinations we aim to create mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships with local communities and/or households when possible.
These partnerships often include;
- Dedicated hospitality training by our operations and training departments
- Microcredit loans are needed for the purchase of necessary equipment or the upgrade of infrastructure
- English language training
- Health and safety workshops
By embarking on an Easia Self-Guided Tour, be it a ‘hybrid’ or ‘fully autonomous’ module or itinerary, your travelers will be presented with ample opportunities for meeting and learning from our local people and communities, whilst simultaneously empowered to leave behind a modest yet positive impact, making every trip count towards a more sustainable future for the destinations they visit.
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