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The COVID-19 global pandemic has demonstrated that travel enriches our lives. Despegar has revolutionized travel for more than two decades, enabling Latin Americans to see the world and each other. Our Company’s innovative approach to travel, our deep understanding of local country norms and our dynamic and nimble corporate culture enable us to offer to more than 23 million customers a uniquely personalized experience. We are proud to extend this value proposition to Best Day and Koin’s customers.
We remain deeply committed to Despegar’s longstanding philosophy of ongoing improvement, as we’ve demonstrated with the many initiatives we’ve established throughout the years to ensure our Company contributes meaningfully to the communities where we operate.
We’re therefore extremely proud to introduce Despegar’ inaugural Corporate Sustainability Report to you today. The report illustrates those developments and objectives which underscore our committed, transparent and quality work in this area.
The Covid-19 pandemic had an unprecedented adverse effect on the travel sector globally, within the emerging markets in particular, and Despegar was no exception to these headwinds. We were therefore forced to discontinue certain initiatives due to these unique circumstances. However, I’m pleased to note that most will be resumed in the second half of 2021.
However, it’s important to note that many of our initiatives remained in place, with benefit of technology which enabled interactions and with thanks to our outstanding Despegar team that rose to the challenge on various fronts. Their dedication enabled our Company to develop innovative capabilities that provide meaningful future benefits.
We are acutely aware of our responsibility as a company to be transparent and to communicate not only our business results but also our company’s potential impact on the broader community. We believe this successfully establishes long-term relationships with all of our stakeholders based on a foundation of trust.
Therefore, while we’re excited about the progress we’ve made thus far, we believe there are further opportunities ahead for improvements and change, and to continue evolving. While the future likely holds many challenges, this initial report is an important starting point.
As always, thank you for your support.
ESG is an important component of our Company’s success, and has been integrated within our corporate strategy and aligned with our long-term objectives. Further, the process of developing Despegar’s inaugural report began with our Board’s unanimous support and commitment.