“Not only do we trust you to provide the highest quality of service, but we really love working with someone who we consider a friend now. You are extremely easy to work with and I know we do not always have the easiest requests!”
“Credit to your choice of hotels and trips . . . It really was a hassle free holiday.”
“In July 2015 we visited the beautiful island of Flores. I would like to thank you for assigning Peter Liwu as our guide during our 8 days trip by minivan from east to west. Peter has a thorough knowledge of the culture, the different tribes and nature of Flores, speaks English very well, and on top of that is a very nice person.”
“Nin, who has been my guide in Ayutthaya was excellent, her knowledge great, friendly and patient.”
“We have been meaning to send you a note about the tour with Little Wayan. We’ve had a fantastic day with him. He has a perfect personality for a tour guide, friendly and fun in a respectful way. We would highly recommend him.”
1. How did you end up working in the tourism industry?
After completing my studies at the Hotel School The Hague, I was determined to “escape” compulsory Dutch military service. I was offered a position as the Executive Assistant Manager of a 4-star property in Pattaya and, after an interview in The Netherlands, I flew off to Thailand some 27 years ago to start my new job.
2. What inspired you to start this company?
Our founder, Willem Niemeijer, started Khiri Travel out of a passion for travel. He saw the opening of Thailand’s neighboring countries, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the early 90’s as an opportunity, and started Khiri Travel as a one-stop DMC offering those four countries as one destination.
3. Describe your first sale/customer.
Willem’s first sale was for a group of veterans to Thailand, courtesy of his father, a Dutch marine. The most memorable customers in the early days, however, was a group of Hmong youth whose families resettled from Laos to the US after the Vietnam war and returned to meet their relatives living in Thai and Laotian refugee camps.
4. What was your first tour like – and what has changed compared to your most recent?
In the pioneer years, Willem would receive arriving groups in the hotel room we used as an office. We’d offer local snacks, drinks and a chat. To this day, treating our guests as friends continues to be a core part of who we are.
5. What part of the company are you most proud of and why?
Each and every person that works for Khiri Travel. Watching the passion, dedication and love they put into creating itineraries so that our travellers discover our destinations is extremely fulfilling.
6. What do you feel sets your company apart from other DMC’s?
We bring to market unique products that demonstrate our passion for discovery while contributing to the triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit.
7. What does a standard working day look like for you?
Standard working day… come-on! We work in the hospitality – we neither do nor want “standard.”
8. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Knowing you will help fulfill the dreams of guests who are being introduced to different cultures, making connections with local communities and leaving with lifelong memories.
9. What keeps you up at night?
The way some governments, who see the hospitality industry as a vital source of income for their country, still do not work aggressively enough to improve service standards by educating and training their future generations.
10. What other CEO’s do you look up to and why?
Actually, I am most encouraged by the growing number of hospitality CEOs that are finding ways to share their knowledge and give back to the industry after they “retire.”
11. where do you see the company in 5 years?
With the potential I see in each of our countries, I’m confident we can double our business without compromising our sustainable model.
The Travelife Certified status is the most comprehensive and rigorous of the three stages for excellence in sustainability. The partners in our network are working continuously to make travel both socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and endorses systems that offset carbon emissions caused by long distance travel. We are happy to work with tour operators around the world to increase sustainable, small scale tourism.
Khiri Travel has a cetification level of: Certified 4 destinations & Partner 2 destinations
226/9 Tiwanon Soi 24 Tiwanon Rd.
Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand
Phone: +66 2968 6828