The environment has been one of the topics close to the heart at socialtours.com, triggered by a strong belief that this is our chief asset. Using every means to reduce energy consumption and waste is one step in this vast task. socialtours.com plays its part, in small ways. We know the road is long in this process, but we are making slow but steady inroads.
Since August 2009, we have formalised responsible tourism trainings to trekking and city guides. To date, two trainings have been completed, one on 30 Aug 2009 and the other on 15 Dec 2009. This is also on a constant improvement plan. We have the report from the first training and a training document from the second
Nepal has over 36 ethnic groups and the plethora of culture means that we are constantly in search of ways to preserve our culture and traditions. There is so much culture in Nepal, that even Nepalese get 'culture shock' in their own country. There is a tradition in Kathmandu amongst the Newar community where youths throw a live goat into a pond and jump in and kill it with only their teeth. Why? to get the right to conduct the festival ceremony during our big Festivals. Tell this to a Gurung in Pokhara and he will have never heard of it, and will be totally shocked. Here we list some steps we are taking to preserve tradition and culture.
At the company level, we try and practice several techniques in our interest in internalizing what we preach. We like to say 'try' because we believe responsibility is an ongoing process, and we are always on the move. Here we list some of the initiatives we have taken around us
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