Heritage Expediciones Sri Lanka received the Travelife Partner award in recognition of their long-term efforts and frontrunner position regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Heritage Expediciones complies with more than 100 criteria related to operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife Standard covers the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations, and is formally recognised as being in full compliance with the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
Heritage Expediciones is the fifth company in Sri Lanka to have achieved the Travelife Partner award.
Travelife for Tour Operators Manager Naut Kusters said, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is gaining momentum. The award won by frontrunner Heritage Expediciones will inspire other companies in Sri Lanka to follow the same path.”
Established with the support of the European Commission, Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations promotes the scheme to their members, including the British Travel Association ABTA and the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA). Since 2012, more than 600 Asian companies have been trained in CSR with the support of the Dutch Government’s CBI program. They now work step by-step towards more sustainable operations.
Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices within the tourism industry. It provides companies with realistic sustainability goals, tools and solutions to implement positive changes within their businesses and supply chains. Travelife is managed by the UK Travel Association ABTA and by ECEAT Projects, a not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands.
Travelife has two key focuses: Tour operators and travel agents. The system provides online training and practical tools for sustainability management and certification. These are suitable for tour operators and travel agencies of any size and cover all management aspects of the travel business including office operations, the supply chain, destinations and consumers. Upon submitting a report in compliance with the Travelife standard (based on an independent onsite audit), the company can obtain the ‘Travelife Certified’ status.
The Travelife Standard for tour operators and travel agencies is based upon Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including labour conditions, human rights, environment, biodiversity and fair business practices. The management requirements are compatible with EMAS and ISO 14001. The system is supported by more than 35 national travel associations to further its implementation among members.
The team of Heritage Expediciones Ltd. engaged in a beach cleanup sustainability activity along the west coast of Sri Lanka (Dharmarama Road in Ratmalana) on 4 October.
Commenting on the experience, a team member said: “This was an awesome experience for our team. It was our first attempt on the costal belt and we covered nearly a kilometre. Public Health Inspector of the Dehiwala/Mount Lavinia Municipality Shehan Rajapaksha was a huge strength to us.
“At the first point of meeting him during the inspection he was very keen to understand the mission of our clean up. We indicated to him that we were involved in inbound tourism and working towards a goal of becoming a sustainable tour operator. The location he offered us was very badly littered, nevertheless we took up the challenge to clean it. At the end we looked back at this blissful beach which was a hive of pollution a few hours before!
“The management was very supportive of our efforts and joined us from the start to the end. Travelife in Sri Lanka Country Manager Ajantha Palihawadana overlooked the proceedings. We look forward to participate in many more events to support sustainability in the future.”
Ranked by Men’s Journal [New York - USA]
Yala National Park tends to really fly under the radar, but it’s one of the world’s most diverse national parks,” says Yogerst. Located on the island’s south coast, it covers over 320,000 acres of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, and lagoons. Originally a hunting ground for the British elite, it was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900; now it’s home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. “It’s primarily known for wildlife, especially leopards and elephants,” says Yogerst. “But the park also has terrific beaches, ancient rock temples that are still active places of worship, and a choice of lodges or camping for overnight stays. There aren’t many places on the planet where you can safari drive in the morning and surf in the afternoon.”
Men's Journal is a monthly men's lifestyle magazine focused on outdoor recreation and comprising editorials on the outdoors, environmental issues, health and fitness, style and fashion, and gear. It was founded in 1992.
Many staff members of Heritage Expediciones have qualified in the online examinations on the Travelife website. They were felicitated by the management on their achievements recently. Here the team members with the entire staff of Heritage Expediciones
Friday, 21 June 2019
48 countries have been exempted with effect 01st August 2019 for the next 6 months from the mandatory Visa fee payment of USD 35 when obtaining a Visa to Sri Lanka.
Despite this exemption it is compulsory to have ETA approval.
The 48 countries exempted are: Austria; Australia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Cambodia; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Malta; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russia; Singapore; South Korea; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Ukraine; the United Kingdom; and the United States of America.
01, August 2019
Heritage Expediciones recently conducted a workshop on Sustainability for Tour Operators. The sessions were conducted by Travel Life Sri Lanka Country Manager Ajantha Palihawadana.
The event was a sought-after learning program on inbound tourism in Sri Lanka, to manage and improve social and environmental impacts by complying with internationally recognised sustainability criteria, to support tour operators on their road to sustainability. This certification, which is accepted by 18 European associations, is also pledged recognised by lead players in the tour operator industry, including Thomas Cook, COSMOS, appollo and KUONI. It is also the only scheme active in Asia for tour operators, and is supported by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
The certification also boosts the market image of a tour operator, says Palihawadana, who also points out that it fills a much-felt void in the sector. "Although sustainability certification is commonly heard of within the hotel industry, it is something novel to Sri Lankan tour operator industry."
Nepal and Bhutan have already experienced this, and certification is also operative in several South East Asian countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. "Thailand’s experience is set as the guideline to formulate our criteria to obtain Travel Life Certification for tour operators and will be looking at ten main areas of sustainability management, internal management of social policy and human rights, internal environmental management, partner agencies, transport, accommodation, sustainable excursions, tour leaders, local representatives and guides, destinations and customer communication and protection.
Friday, 14 June 2019
The Colombo city has been named the ‘must-photograph’ travel destination of 2019, in a study.
Research of more than 1.3 million social media posts found the Asian city is the location travellers most want to take a picture of, followed by Yokohama in Japan and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
The Isle of Harris in Scotland also made the list, along with Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest. Commissioned by Huawei to celebrate the launch of its new P Smart 2019 device, the research also uncovered a new-found appetite among young Brits for lesser-known destinations.
Just under half of 18-25 year olds now look for places their friends haven’t been, with more than a third saying they want to be the first to find new travel hotspots, take the photo and stick it online.
14th January, June 2019
Sri Lanka is decidedly having its moment in the equatorial sun and change is coming swiftly. Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness after decades of civil conflict, this is a country revived. There’s now more than ever for families, adrenaline junkies, eco-tourists, wellness seekers and foodies of all budgets. Even the north and east, including areas previously off limits, difficult to reach or lacking in services, deliver new discoveries.
A panel consisting of five of the world’s top travel influencers and bloggers has voted Sri Lanka as the top emerging Asian travel destination for 2019.
The awards were published last week on the site TravelLemming.com, which focuses on emerging and off-the-beaten path travel spots around the globe.
Winners for the Asian awards were selected by an expert panel consisting of five of the best renowned travel bloggers and influencers in the world, with a combined following on social media of over 750,000.In describing why Sri Lanka won, the article reads: “Sri Lanka has been poised on the edge of tourism popularity for a few years now, and 2019 might finally be the year it pops.
In fact, it was just named the #1 country in the world to travel to in 2019 by Lonely Planet. And, honestly, it’s hard to disagree with that assessment. From dreamy surf coasts to quiet jungle retreats, to incredible wildlife and history, Sri Lanka has all the makings of one of the greatest travel destinations on the planet.”
One of the judges, Meg Jerrard of the popular travel blog Mapping Megan, is quoted as saying: “Sri Lanka is a mesmerising and magical place with something for everyone, and enough diversity to keep a trip interesting. It has stunning beaches, is a haven for budget travellers, has flavourful food, and there are oodles of heritage, wildlife, and incredible landscapes just waiting to be hiked.”
Other judges on the panel included popular gay travel bloggers Nomadic Boys, hipster travel star Travels of Adam, the San Diego-based Instagram star Hackerette, and the acclaimed travel blogger Otts World.
Travel Lemming CEO Nate Hake said: “One of the biggest trends in travel these days is the desire of tourists to get off the beaten path. Our six winning destinations in Asia are all great options for wonderful places to explore without the crowds!”
The site TravelLemming.com is dedicated to the promotion of travel to emerging travel destinations. The name lemming derives from the Scandinavian rodent, which is rumoured (falsely) to engage in such mindless group behaviour that it will literally follow fellow lemmings of a cliff to death. Travel Lemming encourages travellers to think beyond the popular destinations and to forge their own path.
Travel Lemming was started by its founder Nate Hake, an American traveler from Denver, Colorado who is most famous for visiting 43 countries in a single year.
Friday, 28 December 2018
Heritage Expediciones, a destination management company, which was founded in 2003, by Mr. George David, has come through a 15 year journey by creating
memorable experiencesto their clientele.Unravelling the best of 15 years, they held their anniversary celebrations at Waters Edge on 29th June 2018, celebrating with their national and chauffeur guides, staff and well wishers who have supported them along their journey.
On this occasion, they also launched their new interactive website that is tailor made to their clientele, to customize a trip around Sri Lanka. This website allows the client to have a virtual run of their tour.The success of this milestone achieved by Heritage Expediciones, is their experienced and dedicated team, who has built the Heritage family with the enthusiasm to reach greater heights.
29th Friday, June 2018