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Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Shortlisted as Global Finalist in WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Shortlisted as Global Finalist in WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Cardamom Tented Camp

Located in a natural grassland clearing, Cardamom Tented Camp is making a stand for sustainable conservation tourism in Southeast Asia (Download these images and this release in Word & Text formats here)

Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia has been chosen as one of 15 global finalists in the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019.

The camp is one of three contenders in the Changemakers Award category, which, this year, is focussed on fighting illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism.
 
In highlighting this issue the WTTC said: “Travel and tourism has a unique opportunity to provide alternative and sustainable livelihoods for people who live and work alongside some of the world’s most endangered, and in demand, species, as well as combating demand for illegally traded wildlife products. This category awards those organisations who have made a significant contribution to the protection of flora and/or fauna through their activities.”
 
Since opening in 2017, the Cardamom Tented Camp has integrated the role of 12 forest rangers who protect a 180 sq km (70 sq miles) lowland forest concession into the guest experience. In turn, the camp helps the forest rangers with salary support and physical amenities such as solar power generators at ranger stations. The rangers takes turn to lead conservation tourism hikes through the forest. They show tourists confiscated traps, mesh and weapons used by poachers.
 
Due to the rangers work, the illegal wildlife trade has been massively reduced in the forest which is now seeing a resurgence in formerly traded mammals such as the endangered clouded leopard, sun bear, northern pig-tailed macaque, pangolin, the Nicobar crab-eating macaque, and the (extremely shy) pileated gibbon, to name a few.
 
“We are humbled and honoured to be recognised in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards,” said Allan Michaud, lodge manager of the camp and a passionate environmentalist. “A great working partnership between the private, NGO and government sectors makes the camp a unique experience and a possible model for other conservation tourism initiatives.”
 
Cardamom Tented Camp is a partnership between Wildlife Alliance, the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, the Minor Group, and camp operator YAANA Ventures.
 
Since opening, the camp has operated under the slogan, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.” Neighbouring areas in and around the 180 sq km concession have been cleared and replaced with mono-culture plantations of palm oil or rubber, with disastrous results for wildlife.
 
By comparison, in its concession, the Cardamom Tented Camp and its partners are making a stand against habitat destruction and the trade in wildlife species by using sustainable tourism as a force for good.

The winners of the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony at the WTTC Global Summit in Seville, Spain, 3-4 April 2019.

Watch the finalists announcement video here.

About Cardamom Tented Camp
Cardamom Tented Camp is an ecolodge located in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia. Offering nine well-appointed safari-style tents, the lodge aims to minimize the human footprint on the natural world and serve as a role model in promoting sustainable ecotourism practices within both the national park and Cambodia as a whole.
 
Located on an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession, the lodge and its surroundings are home to pristine lowland and coastal habitats linking wildlife corridors to the Cardamom Mountains.  Eco-friendly trekking and kayaking packages are available for adventure enthusiasts who are keen to be a part of real conservation work.
 
Cardamom Tented Camp is a three-way initiative between Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance to ensure the land and its biodiversity does not fall into the hands of loggers, poachers and sand dredging operations.
 

Administrative Office of Cardamom Tented Camp
No. 25D, Street 294, Sangkat Tonle Bassac,
Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh,
Cambodia
Tel: +855 966 410 783
Email: sales@cardamomtentedcamp.com

About Cardamom Tented Camp operator YAANA Ventures 
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. YAANA distinguishes itself by sharing real experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia. The company is the champion of the triple bottom-line: it empowers its ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom it works. Visit https://yaana-ventures.com/

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Loved to Death

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Loved to Death

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

Willem in Bangkok Post

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Cardamom Tented Camp on Wanderlust Travel Magazine

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Cardamom Tented Camp on Wanderlust Travel Magazine

Back to the wild: Saving Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains

Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains region is one of the country’s last true wilderness, and a new eco-camp is ensuring we’ll still be able to see it for years to come…

Like a modern-day Noah’s Ark, the animals were delivered to a promised land free from the evils of man. The boatman tethered our craft to a muddy bank on the Preak Tachan River. The rangers and Cambodian Ministry of Environment officials hauled a menagerie of rescued wildlife ashore: eight caged macaques and rice sacks wriggling with pythons, monitor lizards and tiny tortoises ensconced within their carapaces.

Beyond the forest edge lay a natural grassland clearing called a veal. The macaque cages were heavy, and the rangers sweated as the monkeys within fretted wild-eyed at what might happen next. These animals had been rescued from human captivity and assessed for release at a government facility called Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Phnom Penh.

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A sustainable approach for the future of tourism

The Future of Tourism

A sustainable approach for the future of tourism

YAANA Ventures started its journey in 1993 with the travel company Khiri Travel, which is still central in the company’s portfolio of sustainable travel ventures. Founder Willem Niemeijer wanted to create a diferent approach on tourism in the region. A more sustainable way that not only benefts tourists but also locals. YAANA Ventures (Khiri Travel, GROUND, Anurak Lodge and Cardamom Tented Camp) present a new way of tourism with the same key values.

Based on the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, proft) YAANA Ventures strives to give equal importance to the company’s impact on the people and planet, as well as the proft it makes.

After traveling to Asia for the frst time, to Indonesia in 1982, he recognized the opportunities for the travel industry in the region. Mr. Niemeijer arrived in Thailand on a job ofer in 1987 and soon fell in love with the country and its people. In the future Mr. Niemeijer sees many changes. Global Tourism Arrivals are growing exponentially and expected to reach 1.8 billion annually by 2030, with the largest increase expected in the Asia Pacifc region.

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New Phuket forum spotlights sustainable island tourism in SE Asia

New Phuket forum spotlights sustainable island tourism in SE Asia

New Phuket forum spotlights sustainable island tourism in SE Asia

The Phuket Hotels Association will inaugurate a new annual forum to support the South-east Asian hospitality industry in its fight for a sustainable future.

Co-organised by C9 Hotelworks and Greenview, the first edition of the Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST) forum will be held at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on September 24, 2018.

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YAANA Ventures Advances Global Conservation Efforts By Joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

YAANA Ventures Advances Global Conservation Efforts By Joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

ATCF members provide direct funding to support natural and cultural projects  in destinations around the world

YAANA Ventures is proud to announce its membership in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), an international non-profit organization focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world. The ATCF provides members in the travel and outdoor industry an avenue to directly support projects that are critical to protecting the future of adventure travel.

“YAANA Ventures fully supports the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit in responsible tourism,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures. “Our membership of ATCF reinforces the ‘people and planet’ part of that commitment.”

ATCF Board Member, Shannon Stowell, who is also President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, welcomed YAANA Ventures, saying, “We’re thrilled that YAANA Ventures has chosen to join industry leaders in supporting the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund. As this initiative grows and unites us all in the ATCF cause, we believe we will make a positive impact. We applaud YAANA for having such vision.

ATCF members include adventure and outdoor organizations that have come together to protect international travel destinations.

“Without the conservation of these unique environments, cultures and communities, we risk losing the very experiences that we seek when we travel,” said Soraya Shattuck, ATCF Executive Director.

The adventure tourism industry is highly dependent on conserving the world’s natural and cultural resources. YAANA Ventures and ATCF members from across the globe have therefore united to help protect threatened communities, cultures and wild places.

Once a year, the ATCF awards grants to organizations seeking conservation funding. Grant recipients are nominated and voted on by members of ATCF. One hundred per cent of ATCF membership dues fund chosen conservation projects.

“The adventure travel community has the power, the resources, and the responsibility to make an incredible impact on the world,” said outdoor industry pioneer Steve Barker, Founder of Eagle Creek and ATCF Board Chair. “Through ATCF, companies around the globe unite their influence and passion to support organizations that protect, preserve and improve destinations, resources, and indigenous cultures so they’ll be around for years to come.”

Both non-profit and for-profit organizations, which may include conservation groups, indigenous people groups, tour operators, or accommodations, can receive project funding from ATCF. To learn more about the funding criteria, or to apply for a future ATCF grant, please visit the projects page on the ATCF website.  To learn more about joining ATCF and becoming a member organization supporting global conservation, visit adventuretravelconservationfund.org

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DMC Khiri Travel Announces Eight New Creative Exploration Itineraries in Asia for Product Managers

DMC Khiri Travel Announces Eight New Creative Exploration Itineraries in Asia for Product Managers

New creative itineraries by Khiri Travel fight ‘overtourism’ by taking visitors beyond the congested attractions of Asia

Khiri Travel’s new Asia Creative Series: a modern emphasis on tourism dispersal away from major tourism hubs

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Ahead of the World Travel Market in London, Khiri Travel has announced its “Asia Creative Series” – eight new travel routes in Southeast Asia designed to inspire tour operator product managers.

Willem Niemeijer, the founder of Khiri Travel, said the new Asia Creative Series varies from 10 to 21 days and immerses guests in deeply rewarding, often cross-border, travel experiences in Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Laos and Cambodia.

For example, there is a 10-day trip through lesser-seen Sri Lanka, starting in Anamaduwa, ending in Kotugoda; or see the best of remote Indochina on a 16-day discovery trip from Luang Prabang to Hanoi.

The biggest trip is a 21-day odyssey around the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, starting in Bali and ending in Gili Meno.

The series also delivers in-depth experiences on circular trips starting and finishing in Bangkok and Yangon. Vietnam, Bali and Myanmar are fully represented too.

“The itineraries have been designed as inspiration for product managers,” says Niemeijer. “The trips are in-depth
and visit the must-see highlights. However, the emphasis is on people and locations that are largely untouched
by tourism.”

He added: “While these tours go very local, almost all overnights are possible in comfortable, or even luxury accommodations, making these tours accessible for a broad selection of travellers.”

Each itinerary has been encapsulated in a series of PDFs and high quality slimline brochures for easy sharing
with clients. The brochures will be available at the Khiri Travel booth (AS603) at WTM London.

‘Overtourism’ is a vexing issue, says Niemeijer. “As tourism is booming in Asia, pressure is mounting on sustainability
and capacity at certain places. Khiri wants to encourage visitor dispersal to where tourism visitation is limited,” he says.

Khiri Travel will be at WTM London to promote its Asia Creative Series and update the travel trade on its latest DMC product news and services from Asia.

Niemeijer will address a panel on World Responsible Tourism Day, 8 November at WTM entitled, “Securing Commercial Advantage: Marketing Responsible Tourism.” It takes place 15:30 – 16:45 at the WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre, AF580.

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YAANA Ventures and Grasshoppers Adventures organizied the YAANA Corporate Bike Challenge 2017 in support of Operation Smile.

YAANA Ventures and Grasshoppers Adventures organizied the YAANA Corporate Bike Challenge 2017 in support of Operation Smile.

YAANA Ventures and Grasshoppers Adventures organized the YAANA Corporate Bike Challenge 2017 in support of Operation Smile. The exciting event raised USD 25,000 for Operation Smile Thailand and Operation Smile Vietnam.

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YAANA Bike Challenge Raises US$25000 for Operation Smile Kids

YAANA Bike Challenge Raises US$25000 for Operation Smile Kids

Three-day ride in Vietnam raises funds to pay for numerous cleft palate operations for Asian children

 

YAANA Ventures Corporate Bike Challenge gives US$25000 to Operation Smile Foundation 25 September in Bangkok. (L to R) Mark Remijan, CFO YAANA Ventures; Therese Beauvais, Board Member, Operation Smile Thailand; Khun ‘Nong’ Niemeijer, Board Director, Khiri Travel Thailand: Willem Niemeijer, CEO, YAANA Ventures (Download image above and ones from the ride itself here. This release is also available in Word & Text formats here)

YAANA Ventures presented US$25000 to Operation Smile Thailand and Vietnam on 25 September in Bangkok. The donation was made possible by 20 energetic rider-sponsors who joined the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge. The three-day 226 km bike ride took place 9-11 September along the scenic coast of central Vietnam, from Quy Nhon to Hoi An.

The funds will be used to pay for operations, after care and speech therapy for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip. Operation Smile Thailand, Board of Directors Member, Therese Beauvais, receiving the cheque on behalf of Operation Smile, said: “I would like to thank and congratulate our friends at YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures and all the rider-sponsors who participated in the YAANA Corporate Bike Challenge in Vietnam. It was not an easy ride and yet everyone stayed true to their commitment and finished the ride in style, bringing more awareness and much needed funds to both Operation Smile Thailand and Operation Smile Vietnam. We are forever grateful for their sustained support and dedication to children in the region.”

The 20 rider-sponsors who sweated hard and pushed themselves to raise funds were the senior executives of 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, YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures.

Chow Energy CEO Anavin Jiratomsiri, on day two, after 95 kilometres of biking in hot, humid conditions, rallied the two other Chow Energy rider participants to continue riding for another five kilometres (outside of the program design) in order to reach the magical 100 kilometres in one day — a feat of accomplishment.

Chris Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of 137 Pillars Hotels and Resorts, said that he “enjoyed every minute of it”. Frans Betgem, Founder and Managing Director of Green Trails in Thailand, said: “Wish I could do it all over again.”

Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures, who also participated, said: “All our sponsors were heroes in raising money for Operation Smile. Thank you to them all.”

He added: “Our objectives were to celebrate the beauty of ASEAN destinations, spread awareness of low impact responsible tourism, share ideas for best practice examples and push ourselves mentally and physically for a good cause.”

YAANA Ventures, which creates and invests in tourism companies that abide to a “people, planet, profit” ethos, will organise another YAANA Bike Challenge next year for like-minded companies and individuals.

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


Riders of the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge on the road in Vietnam

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GROUNDRocks.com Helps Young Travellers Do Good in Asia

GROUNDRocks.com Helps Young Travellers Do Good in Asia

The new online platform is dedicated to providing easily booked, affordable and constructive experiences for young people who want to give back when they visit Southeast Asia

Each trip is a structured balance of community work, organised days of cultural sightseeing and hiking to local nature attractions with a few days off at leisure included

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GROUND Asia is launching GROUNDRocks.com this week to showcase easy to book community experiences for individual young people, couples, and groups of friends who want to do good on their trip to Southeast Asia. Young travellers can choose and book online from options in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali and Jogjakarta in Indonesia.

GROUNDRocks.com is an extension of GROUND Asia, which specialises in creating and operating development trips in Asia for institutions such as schools, colleges and universities.

The GROUNDRocks programs run for 18 days in either Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam or Indonesia, and have been designed to be a transformational experience for both the traveller and the host community. The local community benefits from projects such as school construction and maintenance, English lessons and agricultural work. The process builds leadership values, resiliency and cross-cultural understanding on both sides.

“Our journeys are developed with the objective of transforming young travellers through hands-on, positive experiences in Southeast Asia,” said Jack Bartholomew, the Vietnam-based General Manager of GROUNDRocks. Bartholomew is attending the World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Montreal this week, where the new platform will be unveiled and promoted.

The GROUNDRocks website shows the price of each 18-day trip, which varies from US$1000 to US$1312, including supervised community work, sightseeing, meals, and homestay accommodation.

Each trip is a structured balance of community work, organised days of cultural sightseeing and hiking to local nature attractions with a few days off at leisure included.

Each participant receives a certificate of participation at the end and has the option of joining flexible, guided extension trips. These are priced US$640-US$750 per person for eight days, with cheaper prices for shorter trips. Activities typically include hiking, sightseeing, snorkelling, bicycle rides and the like, and are more akin to a standard backpacker experience.

Both the 18-day community trips and the leisure extension trips run on guaranteed fixed departure dates, which are clearly shown on the website.

“GROUNDRocks.com makes it easy for young people wishing to spend time in Southeast Asia and give something back at the same time,” said Bartholomew. “The new website allows young people – or their parents – to assess and book no matter where they are in the world. We make community-based trips in Asia simple and stress free.”


Jack Bartholomew and GROUND staff on field projects in Southeast Asia

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