We are delighted to have positive news in an otherwise challenging time. We recently welcomed Nathalie Delevaux to the post of Country Director for Easia Travel Thailand. Despite the turbulence in the industry, we still have ambitious plans for our presence in Thailand, and we believe the appointment of Nathalie will ensure we’re ready once the travel restrictions are lifted.
Nathalie first came to Thailand in 2004 as part of her plan to explore Asia but, as tends to happen, one thing led to another and she has called Thailand home ever since. For the past 10 years, Nathalie has worked for Asiajet, a DMC that specializes in the French market where she oversaw their entire operations in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar.
The appointment of Nathalie is part of our commitment to continuing Easia’s presence in Thailand and to be in a strong position with the advantage of having a highly experienced leader to take hold of the reins and guide Easia Thailand into the future.
Q&A with Nathalie
What’s your first memory of Southeast Asia?
When I arrived in Bangkok 15 years ago, my father took me to Vietnam and invited me for a cruise on Halong Bay. It was a mystical and magical moment that I will never forget.
What have you missed most during the “lockdown” period?
Definitely getting out of Bangkok during the weekends. Even though I love the buzz & vibrancy of the capital, and especially enjoying a drink at my favorite rooftop bar, I also cherish spending time in the quietness outside the city, either running on the beach at sunset (followed by a massage, of course!) or cycling with my mountain bike club in Khao Yai or Kanchanaburi.
Where will your first travel destination be, once the borders open?
In January, when we still had the chance to travel, I went to Siem Reap to run the “Ultra Trail d’Angkor” for the third time. As I always like to change destinations and not go to the same places, I think I will first visit my colleagues in Chiang Mai (where we also have an office), in order to meet the team in person. I also can’t wait to get back to the north to eat one of my favorite dishes: Khao Soi.
What changes do you anticipate we’ll see for travel in Thailand?
I hope that people around the world will be more conscious of our obligation to care for our planet. We’re keeping informed of possible new rules and guidelines from the government regarding travel, so until then we’ve been predicting what might be needed and forming plans for all scenarios. In the big picture, Easia Thailand recently achieved Travelife certification, which underlines our commitment to being a sustainable & responsible travel facilitator. We have already completed our internal reviews, and have plans to increase our positive impact on the environment and local communities further in the future.
As a DMC, how will Easia Travel Thailand prepare for the return of international inbound travel?
I’m working with all departments to prepare for the return of our clients. With the production team, we are creating new sustainable tours, and together with the Operations/Quality team, we are adapting our safety guidelines that we plan to implement in the coming weeks. Easia Travel Thailand will definitely be ready to welcome our clients as soon as the borders will reopen!