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Cardamom Tented Camp New Nature Packages on “TRAVEL BEGINS AT 40”

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New Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Announces Nature Activities, Packages and Rates

Cardamom Tented Camp ecotourism paradise in Cambodia: Nine comfortable tents with private bathrooms; guided hikes through forest and grasslands; 18,000 hectares of native forest reserve (Download images here. This press release is also available and Word and Text formats here.)

The new Cardamom Tented Camp in Botum Sakor National Park in southwest Cambodia has announced 3 day/2 night and 4 day/3 night packages for nature tourists. The safari-style camp with nine furnished and comfortable boutique tents, each with a private bathroom, is open for booking now, with the soft opening on 1 November.

Both packages have been created for nature tourists whose expenditure will help keep the forest standing. An economically viable Cardamom Tented Camp helps keep the area out of the hands of loggers, poachers and mining operators.

Each package includes an introductory presentation on the magnificent 18,000 hectare Botum Sakor National Park followed by guided hikes by Wildlife Alliance rangers. Guests follow abandoned poaching and logging trails through dense forest home to macaques, gibbons, hornbills and more. Hikers can inspect confiscated snares, traps and improvised hunting rifles at a ranger station.

After hiking, guests have the option of kayaking back to the tented camp on the Preak Tachan river.

Each inclusive package with breakfast, lunch and dinner in the camp’s riverside restaurant allows time for guests to explore by themselves or in small groups, or to simply lounge by the floating pier at the camp with binoculars spotting some of the hundreds of bird species in the park. Guests have the option of joining a second ranger patrol on a different route during their stay.

Asian elephants, dhole, clouded leopards, hog badgers, sun bears, mouse deer and pangolin all rely on the mature forest habitat around the camp.

“The Cardamom Tented Camp helps keep the forest standing,” says Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures, the sustainable tourism company invited to create a low-impact ecotourism camp. “We can’t take the forest’s survival for granted. Each visitor helps us show the world that well managed ecotourism is a viable alternative to logging and hunting.”

At the eco-camp, which is a three way initiative between the Minor International, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance, a percentage of the revenue will go directly to Wildlife Alliance. Wildlife Alliance is supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of the Minor Group. Any tented camp profits will be reinvested locally.

The two new packages can start at the Wildlife Alliance lodge and pier in Trapeang Rung at set times or include transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle from Phnom Penh or Trat airport in Thailand. From Trapeang Rung it is a one-hour river trip to the Cardamom Tented Camp.

Trapeang Rung is located along Route 48 approximately one hour’s drive from the Hat Lek-Koh Kong border with Thailand. It is two hours north of Sihanoukville. A regular local bus service between Phnom Penh and Koh Kong stops on request at Trapeang Rung.

The price of the 3D/2N package commencing in Trapeang Rung starts at US$198 per person on a twin/double sharing basis (single room surcharge US$65). The 4D/3N package starts at US$289 (single room surcharge US$95). The packages, including pre-arranged transfers from Trat or Phnom Penh, are US$389 and US$479 respectively. There are discounts for transfer pickup or drop off at Sihanoukville.

Helicopter transfers from either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh can be arranged by the Cardamom Tented Camp.

Rates for tour operators are available on application to sales@cardamomtentedcamp.com

Further information: CardamomTentedCamp.com

Operation Smile Thailand Thanks YAANA Bike Challenge Riders

Ahead of the event, five-year old recipient of a successful cleft palate operation also wishes the riders well.

Can smile now: Five-year old Pavinee Kaewsai, Operation Smile Thailand Board of Directors Member, Therese Beauvais, and typical coastal scenery in central Vietnam (Download these images here. This release is also available in Word & Text formats here)

 

Operation Smile Thailand has thanked the 20 riders of the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge and wished them well for the 226-km fundraiser for the charity.

The three-day corporate challenge takes place 9-11 September in central Vietnam. It will raise thousands of dollars for Operation Smile, which pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip.

A young recipient of such an operation wished the riders a successful fund-raising trip.

“Good luck to all the riders on the YAANA Corporate Bike Challenge,” said Pavinee Kaewsai, aged five, from Sisaket, northeast Thailand. Pavinee received cleft lip surgery from Operation Smile Thailand in February 2013. “Thank you for helping me and so many children smile again. Khob Khun Ka.”

The Board of Operation Smile Thailand wished the riders well too.

“It is with much appreciation and gratitude that I wish all riders of the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge safe travels and the wind at your backs,” said Therese Beauvais, Board Member of Operation Smile Thailand. “Without your compassion, sacrifice and generosity, we would not be able to carry on with the meaningful work of Operation Smile. Thank you for your participation and kind support.”

Apart from fund raising, the secondary objective of the YAANA Bike Challenge is to bring together progressive corporate managers to have fun and enjoy amazing scenery while they push themselves mentally and physically as they ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An.

“It is a signature responsible tourism experience and fundraising event designed to be enjoyed by corporate managers who want to do more. They can test their ability on the bike, network in the evenings and give a beautiful new start for children born with cleft palates,” said Adam Platt-Hepworth, CEO of Grasshopper Adventures, the specialist bike tour company that is handling all the cycling logistics for the challenge.

Additional information about the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge is available here and here.

To date, YAANA Bike Challenge has signed up 20 riders from sponsors that include YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, ASEAN Capital, Antipodeans, Sansara, InVision Hospitality, Anantara, Chow Energy, EZ Land, Les Rives Experience, Vietnam Trade Alliance, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, GROUND, EMM Hotel Saigon, Remote Trails, and ScottAsia Communications.

Companies or individuals with an interest in sponsorship are invited to contact the organisers on bike2017@yaana-ventures.com

Anantara Hoi An Resort and EMM Hotel Saigon Add Value to Corporate Bike Challenge

Environmentally friendly charity riders will enjoy deeply discounted hotel rates in Vietnam as they raise funds for Operation Smile

Approaching the Anantara Hoi An Resort (left) and the EMM Hotel Saigon: making the YAANA Bike Challenge an enjoyable experience for fund raising riders. (Download the collage or individual images here; this release is also available in Word and Text only formats here.)

The Anantara Hoi An Resort and EMM Hotel Saigon have entered into the charitable spirit of the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge by offering deeply discounted room rates for the fund-raising riders.

At the start of the three-day ride in central Vietnam on September 9, the EMM will supply the organizers deep discounts for the opening ceremony to get the riders off to a flying start with great food and drinks.

On completion of the trip on September 11, the Anantara Hoi An Resort is sponsoring the closing ceremony in full, so that riders can replenish their calories with high quality fare in the UNESCO heritage town.

Pieter van der Hoeven, General Manager at Anantara Hoi An Resort

“We are ready to reward the kind-hearted riders with well-earned magnificent food, drinks and hospitality on their arrival in Hoi An,” said Pieter van der Hoeven, General Manager of the Anantara.

The three-day 226 km ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An is organised by YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures.

The objective of the bike challenge is to bring together progressive corporate managers to promote sustainable practices and raise funds for Operation Smile, which pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip.

Over 20 riders from sponsoring companies will participate in the fundraiser. Corporate bike riders are paying between US$2000 and US$5000 for company sponsorship packages that will benefit Operation Smile.

Green Objectives

In addition to fund raising, a good work out and the sharing of progressive ideas among corporate leaders, YAANA Bike Challenge participants have all signed up to raise awareness of responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices.

For example, Chow Energy Public Company Ltd, a major sponsor, focuses on the investment and operation of renewable energy projects.

Ahead of the bike challenge Chow Energy CEO Anavin Jiratomsiri said: “Our passion and commitment is towards building a more environmentally sustainable future whilst also delivering on our financial responsibilities to our shareholders. We are very proud to be a part of and contribute to the global shift from non-renewable to renewable sources of energy that create a clean and sustainable future.”

Environmentally aware property developer Sansara Development Ltd, which is building a residential project in Hua Hin, Thailand, is also a major sponsor.

Energy efficiency, longevity and low power usage were the founding concepts of the Sansara retirement village in Hua Hin.

“We have followed that through with environmentally low-impact construction methods to maximise energy efficiency,” said Sansara Development CEO Suresh Subramaniam. “Our holistic, sustainable approach is helping us create an aesthetically pleasing, safe and functional living space.”

For the bike challenge, Grasshopper Adventures, a leading bike tour specialist in Asia, will provide full technical, equipment and guide support, including international standard helmets, well maintained bikes fitted for the conditions, support vehicles, English speaking guide, bicycle mechanic, meals listed in the itinerary, as well as all water and snacks during the rides. A support van allows riders to take a rest if needed.

Additional information about the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge is available here and here, including how to participate

Operation Smile details on how it helps fix young children’s facial deformities such as cleft palates are available here.

To date, the YAANA Bike Challenge has signed up 20 riders from sponsors that include YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, Antipodeans, Sansara, Chow Energy, ASEAN Capital,  InVision Hospitality, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, GROUND, Remote Trails, and ScottAsia Communications.

Companies or individuals with an interest in sponsorship are invited to contact YAANA Bike Challenge organizers on bike2017@yaana-ventures.com

 

New Tented Eco Camp Keeps Rainforest Standing in Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia

A NEW tented camp is being opened in southwest Cambodia with the tagline, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.”

Guests staying at the Cardamom Tented Camp will be sustaining a conservation-friendly business that was set up to help keep an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession out of the hands of loggers, poachers and sand mining operations. The tract of land in Botum Sakor National Park, part of a vital elephant migration corridor, is managed by Wildlife Alliance, a Cambodia-based organisation involved in wildlife rescue and forest conservation.

Wildlife Alliance is supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of the Minor Group.

The nature conservation concession includes diverse habitats: seaside mangroves, lowland tropical forests, and triple-tiered canopy in the hills, which reach up to 335 metres (1,100ft) elevation. Asian elephants, dhole, clouded leopards, hog badgers, sun bears, mouse deer and pangolin all rely on the mature forest habitat around the camp.

Neighbouring concessions have been taken over by companies that cut indigenous timber and replace it with rubber or palm oil monoculture trees that cannot sustain wildlife diversity. The new camp is making a stand against that trend.

Guests at the new lodge on the Preak Tachan river will be able to take guided day hikes and river trips with local rangers. While walking, guests will be able to spot wildlife and learn about the mangrove and rainforest ecosystems and the challenges of keeping naturally mature forests standing in face of pressure to ‘develop’.

Visitors can also help by replanting indigenous trees in degraded parts of the concession, go kayaking, help rangers on patrols with their camera traps, or engage in other conservation activities.

At the eco-camp, which is a three way initiative between the Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance, a percentage of the revenue will go directly to Wildlife Alliance. Any profits will be reinvested locally.

“When we tell guests, ‘Your stay keeps the forest standing,’ we 100% mean it,” says John Roberts the Minor Group’s Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation. The Minor Group’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation has been fully funding the ranger protection efforts for the past four years at the site.

A condition of holding the concession from the Cambodian government is that economic activity must take place. Drawing on successful ecotourism models from across the world, a low impact tented camp was chosen by the stakeholders as the best sustainable option.

Bangkok-based YAANA Ventures was invited to create the camp, based on its previous experience running the Banteay Chhmar community tented camp in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia and the Anurak Lodge at Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand.

“The tented camp sets an example for the local and national economy as a sustainable alternative to illegal logging, poaching and habitat destruction,” says Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures. “The combined expertise of the stakeholders makes this a uniquely qualified project.”

The Cardamom Tented Camp will soft open 1 September with nine comfortable, furnished tented accommodations, each with an en-suite bathroom and a large patio area.

The camp, with a riverside restaurant, is off grid and largely powered by solar panels.

Cardamom Tented Camp can be reached by road from Phnom Penh, while Trat airport and Koh Chang in Thailand is less than a four-hour drive away.

The Cardamom Tented Camp will open bookings on 25 July for stays after 1 September 2017.  Pricing, packages with tours and activities, and all-inclusive deals, will be announced shortly.

Further information: CardamomTentedCamp.com.

New annual corporate bike tour challenge announced in Asia

The inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge will take place in Vietnam, 9-11 September, 2017. The objective is to bring together progressive corporate managers to have fun and enjoy amazing scenery while they push themselves mentally and physically. In addition they will promote sustainability and raise funds for Operation Smile, which pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip.

The three-day 226 km ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An is organised by YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures. It is not a race.

“It is a signature responsible tourism experience and fundraising event designed to be enjoyed by corporate managers who want to do more. They can test their ability on the bike, network in the evenings and give a beautiful new start for children born with cleft palates,” said Adam Platt-Hepworth, CEO of Grasshopper Adventures.

YAANA and Grasshopper are offering three fund raising corporate sponsorship packages for companies that want to contribute to Operation Smile. Thereís a US$5,000 sponsorship package that entitles participation of three riders from the company and assorted branding opportunities. There are also packages at US$3,500 (two riders, plus branding), and US$2,000 (one rider, plus branding).

“Apart from sponsors in travel, tourism and hospitality we are working to attract corporates from other sectors in Asia who share our sustainable business and fundraising objectives,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures.

Corporate sponsors from outside travel and tourism currently include Chow Energy, an investor in renewable power.

The organisers are seeking over 25 riders from diverse sectors for the inaugural event.

Participants who wish to raise their own funds for Operation Smile can pay US$850 to cover the cost of the three-day event and create their own fundraising platform through mechanisms such as GoGetFunding.

Grasshopper Adventures, a leading bike tour specialist in Asia, will provide full technical, equipment and guide support, including international standard helmets, well maintained bikes fitted for the conditions, support vehicles, English speaking guide, bicycle mechanic, meals listed in the itinerary, as well as all water and snacks during the rides. A support van allows riders to take a rest if needed.

Participation includes meals during the bike ride. Riders have to arrange their own hotels before and after the event and international air tickets. Grasshopper can recommend specific hotels and flights on request.

“The annual YAANA Bike Challenge is a great way to spend time among a crowd of regional business leaders, exchange ideas, make new contacts and transform young lives for the better,” said Niemeijer.

Additional information about the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge is available here and here, including how to participate

Operation Smile details on how it helps fix young childrenís facial deformities such as cleft palates are available here.

To date, YAANA Bike Challenge signed up 15 riders from sponsors that include YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, Antipodeans, Sansara, InVision Hospitality, Chow Energy, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, GROUND, Remote Trails, and ScottAsia Communications.

Companies or individuals with an interest in sponsorship are invited to contact the organisers on bike2017@yaana-ventures.com

Project Investment Analyst

YAANA Ventures seeks to hire a Project Investment Analyst to be based at its Nonthaburi office to support its eco lodge development projects to be rolled out regionwide. Project Investment Analyst should be a Thai national and MBA graduate proficient in English, with functional expertise in financial projections, investment analysis and business planning.

About the Project

YAANA Ventures is launching a new venture to develop, market and operate deluxe eco resorts in remote regions of ASEAN. This project entails a fundraising, development and operational phase.

About the Position

Working under the direction of the CFO and based at our Nonthaburi office, Project Investment Analyst initially shall help build financial projection models, perform market and business analysis, and develop powerpoint presentations for investors. Some travel within Thailand and the region is expected.

After the startup and development phase, this position will afford the Project Investment Analyst a great opportunity to develop additional skills in operational financial management and business systems and progress further in the YAANA Ventures organization.

Qualifications

Project Investment Analyst should be a self-starter capable of progressing projects from milestone to milestone with periodic supervision and have relevant experience and expertise in financial projection modeling, budgeting, analysis and finance principles. Hospitality and / or fundraising experience an advantage.

  • Thai national
  • MBA graduate, new graduates with high aptitude and eagerness to learn welcome
  • Expertise in financial projection models using Excel
  • Proficient in English

Compensation

A competitive salary is offered based on qualifications and experience.

Interested Applicants

Interested applicants should send resume and letter of interest to careers@yaana-ventures.com

 

 

The YAANA Corporate Challenge

YAANA Ventures, in partnership with Grasshopper Adventures, will launch a corporate bike tour challenge this September in Vietnam. This is a corporate networking and fundraising event dedicated to promoting sustainability.
The objective of the annual bike tour challenge is to bring together progressive corporate managers to have a lot of fun and soak in amazing scenery while they push themselves mentally and physically and make an impact in promoting sustainability and raising funds for a worthy cause.
Dates:September 9 – 11
Ride:Quy Nhon to Hoi An, Vietnam
FOUNDING SPONSORS
YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures
OFFICIAL BENEFICIARY
Operation Smile Thailand & Vietnam
CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES
Platinum Sponsor – $5,000 per package (175,000 THB for Thai sponsors)
  • corporate name and logo on banners and printed materials
  • mention of sponsorship in press releases and media communications
  • name and logo on social media posts – instagram, linkedin, facebook
  • name and logo on YAANA Ventures and Operation Smile website
  • name and logo on rider jersey
  • 3 complimentary rider slots — cost of 3-day bike tour program* fully covered
Gold Sponsor – $3,500 per package (125,000 THB for Thai sponsors)
  • corporate name and logo on banners and printed materials
  • mention of sponsorship in press releases and media communications
  • name and logo on social media posts – instagram, linkedin, facebook
  • name and logo on YAANA Ventures and Operation Smile website
  • name and logon on rider jersey
  • 2 complimentary rider slots — costs of 3-day bike tour program* fully covered
Silver Sponsor – $2,000 per package (75,000 THB for Thai sponsors)
  • corporate name and logo on banners and printed materials
  • mention of sponsorship in press releases and media communications
  • name and logo on social media posts – instagram, linkedin, facebook
  • name and logo on YAANA Ventures and Operation Smile website
  • name and logon on rider jersey
  • 1 complimentary rider slot — costs of 3-day bike tour program* fully covered

*see link below for details on inclusions and exclusions of 3-day bike tour program.

SPONSOR BENEFITS

  • banner — logo prominently displayed on start and finish banner
  • jersey — logo prominently displayed on rider jersey
  • international PR — press releases
  • free slot riders — see package level above
  • web site exposure – YAANA, Grasshopper, and/or Operation Smile
  • social media exposure – dedicated event FB, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn
  • video, photo event digital souvenir

YAANA Ventures at the Career Day for tourism students of Assumption University

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YAANA Ventures Helps WTTC Tourism Leaders Support Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’

YAANA Ventures Helps WTTC Tourism Leaders Support Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’

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Around 100 attendees from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok will plant more than 300 mangrove trees in Bang Krachao, Bangkok’s ‘green lung’ across the Chao Phraya River adjacent to the Thai capital.

The aim is to draw attention to environmental issues and the continuous pressure to develop one of the last green areas of the city.

The greening effort on 28 April is part of the global Tourism Cares non-profit initiative, which unites tourism industry members to give back to local communities and is held in close collaboration with the WTTC.

“I think WTTC tourism leaders will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful 16 km2 of orchards, canals and rural walkways that we have on the doorstep of downtown Bangkok,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures, a sustainable tourism facilitator company which was chosen by Tourism Cares to organise a green event after the summit.

bang krachao

“Bang Krachao is Bangkok’s last oasis of calm, home to hundreds of bird and plant species. The pressure to pave it over in the name of ‘development’ is immense. We should keep it green. Our tree planting is a small step in that direction,” said Niemeijer.

There is a three-year scheme with the Royal Forestry Department, Kasetsart University and petroleum company PTT to enhance public green spaces and ensure at least 60% of the area remains green.

However, changing Bangkok lifestyles and developers offering to pay around 24 million baht (US$700,000) for an 80 x 80 metre plot of land mean that pressure to sell is immense.

Increasing numbers of the Thai capital’s walkers, cyclists and kayakers use Bang Krachao as a convenient escape to nature, a five-minute ferry ride from Bangkok. The eco-friendly solar powered Bangkok Tree House hotel in eastern Bang Krachao is indicative of how sustainable tourism is now popular in the area and could help keep Bang Krachao mostly green.

WTTC members will inspect the area first hand on Friday.

“It will be an important day,” said Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman. “One where we can personally demonstrate and inspire others by showing we are hands on, caring and engaged and leaving a positive contribution to the city of Bangkok.”