At See Asia Differently our sustainable tourism policy is a mixture of our green and environmental policies and the ethics of our company in relation to running Asian tour operations in a responsible and sustainable manner.
We strongly believe in doing the right thing and making good ethical company decisions wherever possible. We strive to employ the best people and educate our customers about Asia. We choose the correct suppliers and work towards improving the environment.
Customers: We aim to be the Asian leader in customer delivery, from the first point of contact, through building trust and crafting personal itineraries all the way through to looking after our clients on the ground.
Employees: We aim to recruit people who are proud to work for our company and share the same core values. We strive to provide the best possible personable service. We provide a safe working environment, a very good salary in Asia as well as favourable working hours. We provide internal training as well as sending our staff on external conferences and training programmes as we believe that if we look after our staff, in turn it will increase productivity and create loyalty.
Suppliers: We encourage our suppliers to adopt sustainable practices and choose those suppliers that work as close to our own values as possible. We select small, character-full hotels rather than larger, more corporate properties. This not only gives the client a better and more authentic and unique holiday experience, but also assists small independent establishments to flourish. This also works for the activity companies with which we work closely. We always choose those that have the best health and safety records and offer the best in terms of client.
Environment: This is a main priority for us and we want to do our bit for the environment and reduce our impact wherever possible. We have made the positive step of running all our company tour vehicles on bio-diesel. The cost of the fuel is slightly more expensive than commercially available diesel however we subsidise the cost and pay the difference to our tour drivers. We have a relationship, where all of our drivers go to the bio-fuel factory to learn about the benefits of using the fuel as well as giving them support. We believe by becoming the first company to do this, we will educate and persuade other operators to follow suit. We also keep our company waste to a minimum and recycle wherever possible.
Communities: We aim to support the local community wherever possible. We donate $10 from every booking to our NGO and charity partners. Our supported organizations can be seen on Our Partners page. We are also able, due to the nature of our business, to make visitors aware of various community projects, NGO’s and charities on their See Asia Differently trips.
Hotel Health and Safety: All the hotels that we use have health and safety certificates from the Ministry of Tourism and the appropriate local government authorities before they are allowed to work with guests. However upon our own inspections if we are not comfortable with the amenities and hotel safety then we will advise the hotel of our concerns and then contact the Ministry of Tourism. If they then fail to act then we will no longer use that hotel or guesthouse.
Gibbon Spotting Cambodia: We are extremely proud to have been the driving force behind this fabulous wildlife initiative, which not only helps conserve an amazing new species of endangered gibbon but to also help support the local communities by creating jobs and giving them an alternative source of income.