At Dalat Trip Ltd we understand that tourism can bring both positive and negative impacts to the destinations in which we operate. We also understand that it is our responsibility, as a local tour operator, to minimize any negative impacts and work towards making places better for people to live in and for people to visit.
Our benchmark for our responsible tourism policy :
- Minimises negative economic, environmental, and social impacts;
- Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities;
- Improves working conditions and access to the industry;
- Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances;
- Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
- Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
- Provides access for physically-challenged people; and is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
Some projects that we are currently involved in:
1. DALAT TRIP donates annually to humanitarian causes and assistance for victims of typhoons and floods. In addition we have a team in DALAT to collect rubbish both to keep the area tidy and to educate locals and tourists about the importance of removing litter.
2. Every year we organise a program to help minority people who staying in villages. Although hard work, we are great fun and extremely rewarding.
The ways in which we implement responsible tourism in our daily work:
1. DALAT TRIP is a locally-owned company which means that the majority of revenue that is generated is kept in the country and either re-invested or directly spent. This helps boost the local and national economy.
2. Salaries of DALAT TRIP staffs are spent in the local area where they live, especially on their children’s education, health and general wellbeing.
3. We work with as many locally-run hotels and local suppliers as possible, to support local enterprise and the local economy.
1. We have tried to reduce our impact on the environment in our office. This is mainly through reducing the amount of materials that we use in the office and recycling any materials that we must use. It also includes training to staff on keeping energy levels down to a minimum.
2. We work with our suppliers to promote more sustainable ways of getting from A to B including walking or cycling, rather than being in a vehicle. Through the introduction of group city tours we also endeavour to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road at any one time.
3. We work alongside hotels to encourage environmental awareness training and wherever possible we select hotels that already have environmental policies in place.
1. Our staff have contributed in remote mountains and ethnic minority communities, and co-ordinated the building of schools, kindergartens, wells, toilets and bridges for disadvantaged regions.
2. All our staff sign labour contracts entitling them to the full social services offered by each government including basic healthcare.
4. We invest in our staff and offer on the job training as well as external training and helps them gain knowledge in business administration, thereby increasing their career prospects. We also actively promote from within to help career development.