Light up Nepal: Exodus Celebrates Travel Agent Appreciation Day by Giving Back

10 May 2016

Solar lights will be donated to families across Nepal on behalf of Travel Agents across Canada

ScreenShot2016-05-02at11.50.14AM.115136Toronto, CANADA - Exodus Travels, adventure travel pioneers for more than 42 years, is celebrating Travel Agent Appreciation Day by donating to Nepal on behalf of agents across the country. For every Canadian Travel Agent who subscribes to Exodus’ trade e-newsletter, joins Exodus’ Agent Facebook Group or shares Exodus’ recent Nepal: One Year On video, the award winning tour operator will donate a high performance NOKERO solar light to a rural Nepalese family affected by the devastating earthquake that shook the country in April 2015. With tens of thousands of Nepalese facing a second monsoon season living in temporary housing, camps and tents without electricity, these lights will have a lasting impact on the well-being of this heartwarming country’s incredible people.

Exodus’ Travel Agents Light Up Nepal initiative is an opportunity for everyone in the travel industry to reflect on how their career paths and passions have positively impacted diverse communities around the world. The responsible tourism initiative provides a simple, yet immeasurable way for travel agents to help a country in need. The one of a kind campaign will run from May 3rd – May 6th, 2016.

ScreenShot2016-05-02at11.50.55AM.120136“Responsible tourism isn’t a buzzword for us. Business completely aside, Exodus is built upon designing and operating in a way that gives back the highest degree of long-term economic benefit to the host communities, whilst also maintaining and improving the environment,” said Sasha Andrews, Industry Sales Manager for Exodus Travels. “Protecting wildlife, preserving the environment, and promoting real and positive social exchanges between travellers and local communities are intertwined in everything that we do. Agents who promote and share our incredible adventures are simultaneously supporting our community projects and initiatives around the world, so we cannot thank them enough.”

Exodus has a long history with the Himalayas. More than 40 years ago it was one of the first companies to run overland expeditions and teahouse treks to the fabled city of Kathmandu and soon after guided trekkers to Everest Base Camp.

ScreenShot2016-05-02at11.59.37AM.120155After hearing about the earthquake last April, Exodus took immediate action and launched its Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, which has fundraised over $477,000 CAD to date. More than 3,500 individuals donated to the relief fund in an overwhelming response that touched the entire Exodus community and made it clear that Nepal had made an indelible impact on so many people. A portion of the relief fund has gone towards the building, staffing and maintenance of Exodus’ medical camp in remote Thulopatel village. One year later, Exodus sent their videographer Olly Pemberton to the camp to capture the stories and sights of a country on the road to recovery. The video is available to watch here.

These solar lights will be donated to Nepalese families on behalf of participating Travel Agents across Canada

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