Reservations & Sales Executive (Nonthaburi Office)
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. We distinguish ourselves by sharing real experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia.
We are champions of the triple bottom-line: we empower our ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom we work, to sustain the planet we all share, and to pursue profits to expand our mission.
Reservations & Sales Executive
The Reservations and Sales Executive (RSE) manages online reservation channels and agent contracting for YAANA Ventures hospitality projects, and responds to direct client enquiries via email and social media. Project scope entails sales and reservations for Anurak Community Lodge (Thailand) and will expand to include Cardamom Tented Camp (Cambodia), slated to open July 2017.
The main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Monitor incoming request by direct clients through social media outlets and website
- Manage contracts with and special offers for local travel agents and tour operators
- Manage online travel channels, such as Expedia and Booking,com to ensure maximum yield
- Monitor business on the books and participate in planning to boost occupancy rates
- Work closely with the YAANA marketing team to support sales efforts
- Maintain statistical occupancy and rooms revenue reports
- Visit the hospitality projects and lodges periodically to better promote sales
- Support the purchasing executive periodically with equipment needed for lodges
YAANA Ventures CEO
- Thai national
- At least 3 years’ experience in hospitality sales and reservations
- Good command of written English
- Team player with can-do personality
- Results-oriented and able to work independently towards sales goals
- Working at the Nonthaburi Office
- Mon – Fri 5 day work week office based, while monitoring social media on the weekends
- Competitive salary
Send your resume with a cover letter outlining your motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org
YAANA Ventures Helps WTTC Tourism Leaders Support Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’
YAANA Ventures Helps WTTC Tourism Leaders Support Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’
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 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.”
Assistant Manager at Khiri Travel Vietnam
Title: Assistant Manager
Reports to: Country Manager
Assistant Manager will be based in Ho Chi Minh City office but might be required to travel from time to time as needed in Vietnam, and also regionally as directed.
As an Assistant Manager your main role will be assisting the Country Manager by supporting growth of agent business as well as related product development.
Your main responsibilities will be in two areas:
- Support in Account Management efforts for specific accounts (usually overseas tour operators)
- Add value to communications of sales team by providing additional travel information, suggestions and advise on alternatives when needed
- Help build long-term relationships in line with Khiri Values with our overseas partners.
- Assist with reservations and Customer Relations matters where necessary
- Embrace the IT backbone of the company: Jambix, Google+, Basecamp, Gmail, KMP.
Product & Marketing
- Manage and develop ‘Signature Experiences’ in Southern and Central Vietnam.
- Help providing content for the monthly newsletter as part of the Khiri Travel marketing effort.
- Social Media: Daily use of social media tools. Do research and post on our different platforms.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
- Expat (living in Vietnam)
- Excellent in English communications, preferably also speak 2nd
- Experience: Minimum two years of experience in travel industry
- Bachelor degree – preferably in Tourism or Hospitality
- Deep interest in local and regional travel
- Sales oriented
- Team player with positive attitude
Benefits & Salary
- Insurance (medical and disability insurance)
- Work permit (if required)
- Annual bonus, based on performance of both, the company and the AM.
- Phone allowance and laptop
Please send your CV to Florencia, Country Manager: email@example.com
Social Media Specialist
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. We distinguish ourselves by sharing authentic experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia.
YAANA Ventures is a champion of the triple bottom-line: we empower our ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom we work, to sustain the planet we all share and to pursue profits to expand our mission.
Strategy, Advisory, Finance, Business Systems and Marketing is at the core what YAANA Ventures contributes to its family of brands.
YAANA Ventures is currently looking for a creative Social Media Specialist to ensure engaging and relevant representation of our brands on their individual social media platforms.
Social Media Specialist
The Marketing Team at YAANA Ventures, based in Bangkok (Nonthaburi) is made up of both internal and external resources. We are looking for a creative and driven Social Media Specialist to achieve effective customer engagement in line with the brand message and audience (which depending on the brand can be both B2C and B2B).
The right candidate should have a solid understanding of how each social media channel works and how to optimize content so that it is engaging on those channels.
- Build and execute social media strategy through competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking and audience identification.
- Set up and optimize company pages within each platform to increase the visibility of company’s social content
- Inspire and collect daily content (original text, images and/or video) from the teams at the individual brands under YAANA Ventures, then edit, publish and share to create meaningful connections and encouraging community members to take action.
- Supplement direct brand and product messages with relevant third-party information, such as trade publications and reliable news sources, to further explain and accentuate strategy.
- Moderate all user-generated content in line with the moderation policy for each community and joining relevant conversations on behalf of the brand.
- Manage editorial calendars and syndication schedules
- Manage editors, contributors of social media channels and bloggers to leverage a stream of localized knowledge to an international audience.
- Capture and analyze the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information with the aim to continuously improve effectiveness
- Collaborate with management in times of crisis communication
- Proven working experience in social media marketing, as editor or digital media specialist
- Excellent consulting, writing, editing (photo/video/text), presentation and communication skills
- Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
- Adequate knowledge of web design, web development, CRO and SEO
- Knowledge of online marketing and good understanding of major marketing channels
- Positive attitude, detail-oriented with good multitasking and organisational ability
- Fluency in English
- visa and work permit (if needed)
- regular regional travel opportunities
- competitive salary
Send your resume with a cover letter outlining your motivation to careers(at)yaana-ventures.com
Khiri Travel Announces New Eco Tours in Thailand and Indonesia
New community and nature based experiences in Phitsanulok, Loei, Chiang Khan and North Lombok revealed ahead of ITB Berlin
Khiri Travel will unveil two new community and nature based tour experiences in northern Thailand and North Lombok at ITB Berlin. The emphasis is on unique insights into lesser-known corners of popular destinations, with the trips giving flexible options, depending on budget and interests.
Continuing its mission to reinvent tourists’ perceptions of Thailand, Khiri Travel will introduce its “Hidden Gem: Phitsanulok to Loei & Udon Thani” 4D/3N trip at ITB.
In it, guests enjoy a trip to Phra Buddha Chinnarat in historic Phitsanulok and a trip to Phu Hin Rongkla a former 1970s communist stronghold in the mountains and the strange Suan Hin Pha Ngan geological karst formations.
There’s a bicycle ride to a weaving village, lunch in an eco farm and overnight in Chiang Khan, a teakwood settlement with narrow lanes on the southern bank of the Mekong river overlooking Laos. Guests have the option of staying in a Thai-style villa with pool overlooking the Mekong or a chic hotel in town beside walking street.
From there guests can travel on to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos or on to Udon Thani via Phu Pra Bat historical rock formations for air connections.
In Lombok, Indonesia
Khiri Travel Indonesia is launching a two-day community based experience combining Sembalun*, North Lombok, the gateway to Mt Rinjani and the Gili islands of East Lombok.
Guests ride a bicycle through verdant fields in Sembalun to a weaving village for coffee and a chance to listen (and play) traditional gamelan music, then ride through a bamboo forest to see a community school where the emphasis is on learning while playing.
The trip then takes guests to East Lombok for overnight camping on a deserted island in the eastern Gili islands. The Khiri guide takes guests by boat to a mangrove conservation area on Gili Petagan, to a remote beach on tiny Gili Layar and on to Gili Kondo for overnight camping.
In the morning enjoy snorkeling, beach exploration and relaxing followed by a beach barbecue then back to the mainland.
Visit Khiri Travel at ITB Berlin at Hall 26 B, Stand 226 to find out more about new travel experiences in Indonesia, Thailand and around Southeast Asia.
* The Khiri Travel bicycle rides in Sembulan were developed as part of GIZ-SREGIP, a German-Indonesian cooperation project. Khiri Travel shares its best practices through GIZ-SREGIP to community partners to improve their knowledge on how to develop the trip with consideration of environment, local culture and visitor satisfaction levels.
Yaana Team Attends 25th NTCC Awards Dinner
CEO Willem Niemeijer and a team from Yaana Ventures attended the NTCC Awards Dinner last Friday, 24 February at the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel. This was the 25th Anniversary of the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce, now the largest Dutch member in ASEAN. The theme for this milestone event, “Mission Impossible”, was chosen to represent the idea that “nothing is really impossible for the most dedicated and creative individuals and teams.” It was an entertaining and inspiring evening celebrating a year of entrepreneurship and impressive or “impossible” business achievements.
New Tours by Khiri Travel Myanmar Show the Different Side of Bagan
A Different Side of Bagan: Khiri Travel Myanmar has announced two new full-day tours: Mandalay to Bagan and Hidden Bagan. The idea is to get closer to local people and give guests an alternative Bagan area experience away from visitors.
The Mandalay to Bagan trip is a scenic rural excursion using public bus then a private boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River. The morning bus ride from Mandalay leads to Pakkoku with its colourful market, Burmese slipper factory and to see locally acclaimed Pakkoku blankets being made.
A Different Side of Bagan: Kyauk Gu Ohnmin
Guests then take a leisurely cruise down river while lunch is served on board. The boat stops at Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple, which rarely sees foreign visitors, then sails on for another leisurely 1.5 hours to Bagan with open bar on board, the sun going down in the west.
A Different Side of Bagan: The Myanmar Dry Zone
In the Hidden Bagan trip, Khiri’s guests discover temples off the beaten track. Using guide and car, the trip reveals ancient temples and monasteries with mural paintings — temples that have not been prepared for tourists. (One of the temples is tucked away in the compound of a police station.) A lunch of typical “Myanmar dry zone” dishes is served in a local house followed by further temple discoveries in the afternoon.
The two new trips can be combined with two existing Khiri Travel Myanmar experiences.
A half-day Bagan Food trip visits a morning market and home-made tamarind and candle industries. By lunch, guests have an appetite for a superlative Bagan lunch of ‘only’ 30 (small) dishes. This is in honour of the last king of Bagan, who insisted that every meal should have 300 different offerings.
Khiri’s half-day Dry Zone Safari uses a 4×4 vehicle to show guests local industries such as plum purifying, wooden slipper and pottery making. The five-hour trip is great for photographers who want to see the colours and sights of village life much unchanged down the years.
Khiri Travel Myanmar will be showcasing these trips and more at ITB Berlin.
This press release originally appeared on khiri.com
Join the Bicycle Ride to Commemorate ANZAC Day at the River Kwai, Thailand
Grasshopper Adventures has announced a four-day bicycle trip April 23-26 to the River Kwai in central-west Thailand. The trip includes attendance at the special ANZAC Day dawn service in Hell Fire Pass and mid-morning wreath laying ceremonies in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on April 25 to commemorate those who served during war, including World Wars I & II.
“The bike riders join in honouring those who gave their lives in the service of their country and who suffered the hardships of Japanese prisoner of war camps to build the Death Railway,” said Adam Platt-Hepworth, CEO of Grasshopper Adventures.
Apart from the 5am dawn service in Hellfire Pass and attending the Memorial Wreath Laying Service, other experiences on the trip include walking across the bridge on the River Kwai, visiting an additional war cemetery, touring the Hellfire Pass museum, taking a traditional Gunfire Breakfast of tea and ANZAC biscuits, riding the train over the magnificent Krasae Cave trestle bridge, and visiting the Muang Singh Khmer temple remains.
There is plenty of cycling too: 37km on the 23rd, 29 km on the 24th, and 43 km on the 26th. Much of the riding is on scenic back roads in one of the most spectacular provinces of Thailand. Kanchanaburi is known for its tall jungle-clad hills, Buddhist caves and emerald water falls. High quality, immaculately maintained Merida mountain bikes are used.
Apart from cycling, there are sections in a minivan and on the public train between Nam Tok (“Waterfall”) station and over the trestle bridge.
The journey weaves through a historical landscape that was ruled by Khmer kings a thousand years ago and invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army in 1941. While cycling, there is plenty of time to reflect on the past and interact with villagers in small villages surrounded by fields of corn, rice, sugar cane, asparagus, pineapple and chilli.
“The River Kwai area encapsulates much of what is attractive in rural Thailand,” said Platt-Hepworth. “And at the heart of it is the remarkable story of prisoner of war bravery and sacrifice, which all our cyclists are privileged to honour on ANZAC Day.”
Guests stay at the Boutique Raft Resort on the River Kwai on all three nights. The four-day guided trip starts and finishes in Bangkok.
Grasshopper Adventures ran its first ANZAC River Kwai bicycle trip in 2015 to commemorate the 70thanniversary of the end of WWII and the 100th anniversary of ANZAC.
Additional details, itinerary, map and information about food and accommodation, including comments by previous participants, can be found here.
A video of the trip can be seen here.
The trip costs US$1050 per person. Further information and booking click here.
Executive Director Khiri Reach
Khiri Travel Group of Companies is in the business of travel and tourism with offices in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Our dedicated charity organization, Khiri Reach has been active since 2007.
Khiri Reach has on-going People and Planet projects in each Khiri countries, where Khiri staff volunteers (Khiri Reach Ambassadors) keep contact with the projects and deliver regular updates. We raise funds and awareness by leveraging the company’s marketing department and business network to link donors and volunteers with projects. All overhead costs are covered by Khiri Travel Group.
Reporting to: Founder & CEO of Khiri Travel Group
Position: This is a part-time (estimated minimum 1 day, maximum 2 days a week), work-from-home position open to all nationalities. As a low-budget, non-profit organization, volunteers are preferred.
Liaise with the Khiri Reach Ambassadors in the Khiri Travel country business units to coordinate and lead external communications, awareness raising and fund raising activities. Regular tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Be a leader in awareness and fund raising activities through the Khiri Reach platform and through active engagement of the Khiri Travel B2B business partners
- Create regular project updates for our donors with the input from Khiri Reach Ambassadors and through direct contact with projects where possible.
- Monitor operations of commercial Khiri Travel programs where Khiri Reach projects are involved
- In cooperation with the marketing department, maintain content of the Khiri Reach Website, such as blogs, SEO and project updates
- Increase visibility of Khiri Reach via social media, websites and periodical press releases
- Maintain uncomplicated accounting, tracking donations income and expenses and generate quarterly reports with the assistance of Group CFO.
What we offer
- Those unable to volunteer time will be considered for payment commensurate with experience and time
- Expenses paid for travel to projects as needed
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