As most of Asia welcomes visitors again, here are three ways to offer your customers a more authentic and responsible vacation in the region
New partnership will help conservation efforts on Hoshinoya Taketomi Island
On an island in Japan
The luxury resort Hoshinoya Taketomi Island, on the east coast of Taketomi Island, has partnered with the Regional Taketomijima Foundation to support conservation projects.
This outpost in Okinawa’s Yaeyama archipelago has just 300 residents living in traditional one-story stone houses with red roofs. Surrounded by white sand beaches, there are strict building regulations to keep the island frozen in time.
Hotel guests can participate in beach cleanups and help recycle marine plastic waste by turning it into turtle keychains. Visitors can also explore the mostly car-free island by bicycle or water buffalo cart.
Atsushi Uesedo, Chairman of the Taketomijima Regional Foundation, said, “By forming a partnership with Hoshinoya Taketomi Island, we are able to work together to preserve the local natural environment and traditional culture.
To book: Rates start at around £679 per night including taxes and service charges, excluding meals. The hotel is packed with operators such as Abercrombie & Kent and Inside Japan. hoshinoya.com/taketomijima/en
Inspiring Travel Offers Bali Turtle Release Tour
On the beach in Bali
Inspiring Travel has launched responsible travel excursions in its Asia program. Bookable in advance when added to an Inspiring Travel vacation, the new tours include Exchange for Change in Bali, a half-day program run in partnership with the ROLE Foundation, offering the opportunity to share skills with students such as English or computer classes.
Wildlife enthusiasts can opt for a turtle release tour, where guests can visit a self-funded conservation center run by a local fisherman to help prepare turtle food, assist with research and even release hatchlings safely in the ocean.
Erica Moore, Far East Product Manager, Inspiring Travel, says: “We have introduced these new tours to provide a deeper insight into the host country.
To book: Inspiring Travel is offering seven nights for the price of six at Samaya Seminyak in Bali, from £2,979 pp, based on two adults sharing a pool villa, including return flights and the liberation tour turtles. Offer price saves £300 per person and is valid for travel between 1 April and 10 July 2023.inspiretravel.co.uk
Elephant Hills has opened an outpost on the Ping River near Chiang Mai
In the bush in Thailand
A sister camp to the popular Elephant Hills Khao Sok, the brand new Elephant Hills Bush Camp is located on the Ping River near Chiang Mai and offers views of lush vegetation and misty mountains.
The Bush Camp consists of 10 bespoke luxury tents, resembling African safari accommodation – all built by highly skilled local craftsmen.
By day, guests have the opportunity to participate in sustainable activities including feeding and interacting with elephants in the on-site ‘free-roaming and chain-free’ elephant park.
John Parker, Product Manager at Premier Holidays, says: “Bush Camp offers a unique opportunity to participate in sustainability-minded activities, including their popular ‘hands-off’ elephant experience. Camp activities also directly benefit the elephant keepers.
To book: A Thai Elephants, Culture, City & Beach package starts from £1,769 pp, saving up to £315 pp, for travel in May 2023. trade.premierholidays.co.uk