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My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.
For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.
I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.
We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.
Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.
She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.
When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.
We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.
Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.
Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.
Responsible Travel Associations
Throughout our many decades of business we have been fortunate to work with a number of like-minded organisations that share our passion for the conservation of our natural and cultural environments. Hear what a few of these established reputable global leaders have to say about our commitment to true environmental and cultural sustainability.
"Right from the early days World Expeditions has been a strong supporter of The Fred Hollows Foundation. World Expedition’s staff and clients have shown real enthusiasm and a willingness to help us achieve our vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind and a land where Indigenous people share the same health outcomes as all Australians"
The Himalayan Trust
"2003 was a tremendously exciting year for me with the 50-year anniversary of my 1953 summit of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay. The 29th May heralded celebrations all over the world, including the banquet tent at Thyangboche where 150 enlivened World Expeditions trekkers gathered for one of Nepal’s largest mountain dinner parties. The event helped to raise a substantial donation for the Himalayan Trust – funds that are so vital in continuing the work that the trust invests in schools and medical facilities for the Sherpa people of the Everest region. I am so grateful to World Expeditions and its participants, for the continued efforts, contributions and support of the Trust over the years"
Sir Edmund Hillary
“World Expeditions commitment to responsible trekking practices, their leader training and enviable track record as a founding member of the IPPG are among the reasons why it is the Australian Himalayan Foundation's preferred partner for operating its support treks in the Himalaya.”
“The Himalayan Trust UK is proud to be associated with World Expeditions and gratefully benefits from their support and fund raising efforts, which continue to put something back into the needy communities visited. Thanks for all your support and long may in continue.”
International Porter Protection Group (IPPG)
"IPPG would like to congratulate World Expeditions on its ongoing support and efforts to make the conditions of their porters safer and easier. Your initiative in flying large quantities of clothing to Nepal for the porter clothing banks of Lukla and Kathmandu and sponsoring fund raising talks is greatly appreciated. By providing tents, cooked food and warm drinks in addition to full outdoor clothing and boots when porters are above the tree line. World Expeditions has significantly raised the standard on porter care by large companies and is setting important industry standards. Keep up the good work"
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Australia
"World Expeditions were the winners of the "Environmental Achievement Award 2001" for their outstanding publication of 'The Responsible Travel Guidebook', highlighting ways to minimise the impact of your travel, and encouraging every participant to only take photos' and leave only Footprints. WWF decided to be involved in the award to encourage tourism strategies and practices that have a positive effect on the environment. This award to World Expeditions not only acknowledges and rewards progress towards better environmental management, but also identifies the practices that can be promoted and adopted by others, internationally as well as in Australia. Congratulations World Expeditions for helping us to make and sustain a better environment for all of us to enjoy!"
"World Expeditions has been committed to managing their carbon footprint for many years and Climate Friendly is proud to be their partner. Climate Friendly works with businesses and individuals to measure and offset their carbon footprint. This action goes hand in hand with an ongoing series of reductions in carbon emissions. World Expeditions has been striving to minimize the impact of their business on the environment long before it was fashionable or there was any talk of carbon pricing. Their leadership has paved the way for many companies in the travel industry to adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Remember: Climate Action = Emission Reductions + Carbon Offsets"
International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT)
World Expeditions is a member of IIPT. IIPT is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is based on a vision of the world's largest industry, travel and tourism - becoming the world's first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveller is potentially an "Ambassador for Peace". A primary goal of IIPT is to mobilize the travel and tourism industry as a leading force for poverty reduction.
IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
- Journey with an open mind and gentle heart;
- Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter;
- Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life;
- Appreciate all cultures I discover;
- Respect and thank my host for their welcome;
- Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet;
- Support travel services that share these views and act upon them; and
- By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace.
The Rainforest Alliance
World Expeditions and the Rainforest Alliance have established an alliance to support Best Management Practices in Sustainable Tourism. The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. World Expeditions currently work with partners in Ecuador and Costa Rica that follow the Rainforest Alliances Best Management Practices.