Yaana Ventures

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with a member of YAANA Ventures, please contact us through the below methods:

E-Mail: business@yaana-ventures.com

Telephone: +66 2591-5420

Fax: +66 2591-5422

Postal Address 33/2 Tiwanon Road 28
Tiwanon Road, Bangkasor
Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand

Loved to Death

Bangkok Post

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

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

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.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

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.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

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.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

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

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

From TravelBeginsat40 website, “They say that life begins at forty, so too can travel”. Come and visit the New Cardamom Tented Camp insight, as it is one of the most exciting destinations. 

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 InternationalYAANA 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

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

Let It Grow – Initiating Sustainability

GROUND Asia

Let It Grow – Initiating Sustainability

Students, colleges and businesses increasingly want to show their relevance and positive contributions to helping communities in need across Asia. The challenge is for them to do it sustainably, in a way that brings meaningful results for both schools and villages in need.

Picture a scene where the villagers, say in Cambodia, are asked what kind of community development they need most. This could be health care, water supplies, sanitation, housing, education, community infrastructure, capacity building, even sports coaching. On the environmental conservation side it could be reforestation, re-greening projects, wildlife conservation, or animal rescue.

The challenge is then to match those needs with a proactive international school, college or business in Hong Kong or across Asia, especially if it’s a college where community development or comparative culture studies are part of the curriculum. It’s even better when participating in a community development project in a managed and structured way counts towards end-of-year exam grades. Making these projects relavent to students is key.

This is why GROUND was created – to make the community development projects a reality – and to match those basic community needs with proactive colleges in affluent countries.

Ground Students

After consulting with a community about what their needs are – we’re talking school facilities, environmental conservation, health care, water supplies and so on, not a bunch of iPads – the college or business in the affluent donor country typically raises funds.

GROUND will then create a program or itinerary for the college students in consultation with the host community, college teachers and administrators.

Over the years, we’ve found that a successful community development trip should include cultural orientation, educational lessons, and some traveling in the destination in order for students to see the bigger picture of the country. Yes it’s community development, but it’s development that is linked to educational travel that broadens horizons.

The core of the trip is the hands-on constructive work in the village. This may mean building classrooms, helping with a community health project, improving sanitation facilities, planting trees, and so on.

During the trip the students are typically asked to reflect on what the have seen and done, how circumstances on the ground varied from their pre-trip perceptions and what personal lessons they have learned. We encourage thoughtful interaction between the host community and the students.

After the trip, GROUND encourages the students to keep in touch with the project and will continue to work with the villagers and invite other international colleges and businesses to contribute to the project. We don’t want to leave the village in the lurch, since the core idea is sustainable community development.

The idea for GROUND came after Khiri Travel (GROUND’s sister company) successfully handled trips for student group for 10 years. These included experiences in Cambodia for the American Youth Leadership Program, programs in northern Thailand for international schools in Singapore, and BISJ students visiting the Mekong Delta, and more. Each trip had a strong community development, cultural exchange and learning element. Satisfaction levels on all sides were high. We saw the potential.

GROUND now taps into all that understanding and has honed the travel and community development experience to strengthen leadership skills, build resilience, and teach cross-cultural understanding.

The full range of GROUND’s projects and services can be seen online at GROUNDasia.com, including testimonials.

GROUND is a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation and will participate in the confederation’s conference in Belgrade in September.

By: Jack Bartholomew
 
 

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Khiri Group Rebrands as YAANA Ventures

Thailand-based Khiri Group is rebranding itself as YAANA Ventures as it moves to expand its other businesses while Khiri Travel retains its name and remains a vital DMC division. Having roped in former Diethelm Travel CEO Richard Brouwer as CEO of Khiri Travel, founder of Khiri Group, Willem Neimeijer, has stepped up as chairman of Yaana Ventures and will be focusing on growing travel products that develop communities and the environment. While the company is synonymous with the DMC-side of the business since Neimeijer founded it 22 years ago, less is known that it also operates GROUND, which arranges educational trips that develop communities, and the Anurak Community Lodge in Khao Sok, Thailand, and the Banteay Chhmar Tented Camp in Cambodia. As demand for authentic and meaningful travel products continue to rise, Neimeijer believes it’s time to expand GROUND and develop more lodges and tents. Said Neimeijer: “At the core we are passionate about delivering authentic travel experiences. As a DMC, Khiri Travel has specialised in delivering this to tour operators but increasingly we find that we need to go further in the pursuit of this passion. “For example, we co-founded and manage the Anurak Community Lodge simply because there was no property in the region that respects nature, the local community and delivers a good product at a reasonable price that we could use. “We look for synergies in all our ventures, but are aware that each needs a separate, dedicated focus. In short, as entrepreneurs in the travel and hospitality sector, we have ambitions that required a new brand.” On why the rebranding, which is done by QUO, is necessary, Neimeijer said: “First, it clarifies our aspirations in the travel and hospitality industry in Asia above and beyond the Khiri brand. Second, it frees Khiri Travel, with 22 years of experience, to focus on destination management. Third, Yaana gives space for each of its brands to take the lead and grow.” Yaana in Sanskrit embodies ‘journey of discovery’ and ‘entrepreneurial explorers and experienced partners’. “There is a pattern among our ventures: they are all in the tourism and hospitality sphere, all focused on Asia and all with a distinctive company culture,” said Neimeijer. Meanwhile, new CEO of Khiri Travel Brouwer aims for quality growth in light of a changed marketplace that demands experiential travel. “We prefer to commit the next five years to strengthening the foundation that has made Khiri Travel what it stands for today. “Enabling growth for the tour operator today means that the ground partner must ensure that travellers who are leaving their holiday destination have experienced that destination to the fullest. Those experiences are different for each client, therefore a rich variety in product is absolutely essential. “In plain economic terms, that should bring us a 100 per cent gain over the next five years.” Raini Hamdi, reporting from ITB Berlin, March 9, 2016 for TTG Asia Click here to view the original article.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Why Khiri Travel Pursued Travelife Certification To Become More Sustainable

Travelife Certification Green Team Thailand

Why Khiri Travel Pursued Travelife Certification To Become More Sustainable

Khiri Travel achieved Travelife sustainable tour operator certification in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam in June. What lessons did we learn in the process? Why should other tour operators try it? To what extent is it Europe teaching Asia to be sustainable? Or can Asian cultures teach European operators about sustainability?

European tour operators are the most regulated in the world. The EU, individual governments in Europe, travel associations and sectional interest groups are increasingly insisting on outbound tour operator practices being “sustainable” and “responsible”.

Educated European travelers expect to come away feeling that their holiday, particularly to developing countries, genuinely helped the local population economically – and at the very least was neutral in terms of environmental, cultural and social impacts. Ideally, they want to believe their visit was a positive experience for all parties involved.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

Fly Away From Here – Travel From and Across Asia

Mekong Tour: five countries in forty days

Fly Away From Here – Travel From and Across Asia

Khiri Travel launches the “Epic Multi-Country Program”, a 40-day, five-country journey filled with variety, lots of local community and insights and structured flexibility for guests to fashion their own Mekong experience.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story

Experiencing The Real (And Sometimes New) Yangon

Experiencing The Real (And Sometimes New) Yangon

The first thing you notice when you land in Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital and largest city,  is the traffic. Just a few years ago, these streets were mostly empty except for bicycles and a few decades old cars, many with holes in their floorboards. Three years ago, though, the government released their severe restrictions on imported cars and second hand cars from Japan flooded into the country. Now, this country which is still in a fitful transition from a half century of dictatorial military rule to glimmers of democracy is experiencing at least one definite byproduct of progress: gridlock, regardless of the time of day.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Would you like to contact YAANA Ventures?

© COPYRIGHT 2018 YAANA VENTURES. ALL RIGHT RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY YAANA VENTURES MARKETING TEAM

Link to the story