Sustainability

Sustainability

A sustainable future with Discova

As one of the world’s leading DMCs, we embrace our responsibility to make travel sustainable for local communities and the planet. That’s why, for over 25 years, we have championed a ‘local first’ approach to the way we work. We are a global company, proud that 95% of our staff are local. This has always meant we are particularly close to the destinations we represent, both geographically and emotionally.

Pre-pandemic, Discova was awarded ‘Most Sustainable Travel Company’ at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019. And, throughout travel’s hiatus, our size and stability has allowed us to continue our support for local communities.

By partnering with Discova, your business can have a positive impact on the destinations we work with. We share in our successes and offer opportunities for our partners to increase their involvement in our sustainability projects. For more information on how your business can do more to help, speak to one of our dedicated Account Managers – [email protected]

Together we can use travel to benefit everyone, not just our passengers.

Social responsibility

As customer appetite for authentic experiences increases, so do the risks of community exploitation. Discova strives to promote the diversity of the world’s cultures with respect. This means working with local communities to promote their culture and creating experiences that provide mutual benefit. From our day-to-day internal behaviour to the partners we work with, equality and inclusivity are essential to the way we do business. This positive company attitude has largely developed organically but, as our business grows, we see the opportunity to increase awareness. And by recognising, practising, and promoting these values, we make Discova a better place to work and a better business to partner with.

Environmental responsibility

To work in travel is to truly love and appreciate the world we live in. By encouraging travellers to broaden their horizons and explore our diverse planet, we contribute to the ever-building climate issue. This responsibility weighs heavy on us, as we are determined that any impact we do make should be positive. We have an ongoing commitment to address one of the most urgent issues facing tourism – plastic waste. Between 2017 and 2019 we saved over 15 tonnes of plastic waste by implementing cruicial policies on single-use plastic bottles within our business. We also invested in biodegradable, package-free wet tissues to replace plastic-wrapped napkins to further reduce our environmental impact.

A tucan on a branch in Costa Rica
Craft vendors in Phnom Penh

Economic responsibility

Our ‘local first’ policy means we are always looking for new ways to empower and promote local enterprise. By doing this, we maximise the amount of revenue that stays within our communities, which helps support development. Our community work spans decades, with community tourism programmes across Southeast Asia continuing to provide training, financial support, and income to disadvantaged regions. We also established our Local Life product range – a specially curated collection of experiences that present passengers an authentic alternative to the tourist trail while channeling revenue to the local economy.

Read about some of our current projects:

An Inspiring Educational Travel Case Study: Chau in Mai Chau

An Inspiring Educational Travel Case Study: Chau in Mai Chau

We continue to look into the world of educational travel. This time, the focus is on the inspirational story of Chau and his work in northern Vietnam.
Checking in on Our Exciting Farm-to-Table Project in Bali

Checking in on Our Exciting Farm-to-Table Project in Bali

We give an update on our farm-to-table project in Manggis, Bali. The villagers there have been busy and we are excited about what the future holds.
A Fascinating Educational Travel Case Study: Vinh Long, Vietnam

A Fascinating Educational Travel Case Study: Vinh Long, Vietnam

We take a closer look at our educational travel project in Vinh Long, Vietnam, to help examine how the team hopes to benefit both travellers and the community.

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