Mr. Michael Roehrig, the Deputy Manager of Elephant Village recently participated on a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism.
The CSR Guidelines in Tourism:
- Travelling in an environmentally friendly manner
- Carefully selecting accommodation
- Comparing destinations
- Involving local communities
- Paying adequate prices
- Respecting labor standards
- Economic partnerships
- Creating transparency
Medal of Honor
On the 31st December 2010 the owner of Elephant village, Markus Peschke, received a Medal of Honor award for his outstanding contribution to the tourist industry in Luang Prabang. Markus arrived in Laos 13 years ago when there were very few tourists and began by opening the ‘Indochina Restaurant’. This was followed by the first Tour Company ‘Tiger Trails’, the ‘Lao Spirit Resort’ and later the ‘Elephant Village’ and the ‘Shangri-Lao classic explorer camp’.
Markus is shown here being presented with his award by Mr. Khamtan from the Luang Prabang Provincial Tourism Department.
Elephant village was recently successful in removing this digger from joining land at Ban Xieng Lom Village. The digger was being used to excavate thousands of tons of sand and gravel from the bed and banks of the Nam Khan River. The effects of continued excavation could have been catastrophic to the village, and other areas downstream, potentially causing the river to speed up and then forming ox-bow lakes, and further bank erosion, destroying fertile arable land. This could have been disastrous to the local farming community.
The cold affects everyone
Unusual for this time of the year, the weather changed dramatically, and on the 15th March 2011 we had rain for three days and nights with the temperature dropping from a healthy 37 C to an overnight low of 12 C. Not only did this affect some of the Staff, but also 4 of our Elephants who developed a cold. After some medication, and a rest, they all recovered nicely but at one stage we even bought some “jumbo’ sized blankets to keep them warm. After the temperature increased the elephants were back to their normal happy selves.
A new arrival
We can now proudly announce we have a new arrival at Elephant village. Surprisingly it’s not one of our elephants, but in fact one of the Shangri-Lao horses. The baby horse was born on the 10 th of March at 4 o’clock in the morning.
Rob Reznik, the General manager at Elephant Village, was lucky enough to be sleeping at the camp on the night of the arrival and was able to capture the happy moment alongside the security guard. We can confirm that both, mother and foal are healthy and are able to rest in the hands of the horse keeper at the camp.
Elephant Village sponsors bags for the Government department
Elephant Village sponsors sign boards for the Government department