The travels have begun!

Recently I was in Langkawi for work, conducting a site visit for a local resort called Frangipani Resort & Spa. They are one of the finalists for an Award scheme Wild Asia runs every year called the ‘Responsible Tourism Awards’. Only 15 accommodation operators around Asia have bagged this coveted Award since its inception in 2006. The vision of the programme is to inspire operators to change the way they do business in order to minimize the negative impacts on the environment and benefit the local communities around them. In short, we’re in the business of creating sustainable destinations for the future.

This year, I was thrilled that a Malaysian operator found its way up the ranks as one of the Award’s finalist and was even more privilege to see their efforts on site. Here’s a short snippet of my visit there. Watch the slide  show and read the full version HERE.

Self-learning and discovery is what Frangipani Resort and Spa promotes. Dispersed all over the resort are little notes, reminders and thought prodders informing guests of their green practices and encouraging them to participate in this noble effort. The green team at the resort are well trained environmental wizards with a flair for communication. Throughout our stay there, new features, ideas and innovations were revealed to us – from the way the new eco-friendly building was constructed to incorporate a garden rooftop to reduce heat transference to the guests’ rooms to the traditional sophisticated method of waste water channelling….

Next, I’d be flying to Cambodia to meet the people who run Pepy Tours, a reformed tour operator that offers travelers the best methods of exploring the country – on two wheels, a bicycle.

Then, in September a trip to Sri Lanka to roam with the elephants at Heritance Kandalama, a unique hotel built to blend in with the surrounding natural ecosystems.

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