As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we operate this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Borneo is a destination rich in biodiversity, of which we are very aware. We realise that this biodiversity is one of Borneo’s main attractions, so to damage it would be to damage our own company.
Whilst on this trip you will have the chance to visit the Sepilok Orang-utan centre. This centre looks after Borneo’s Orang-utan population, keeping them safe for the pleasure of future generations. Your much needed entry fee will go towards the upkeep of this vital wildlife centre. We have had a long-term relationship with the operator thereby stabilising the income generation and creating a more sustainable future. We have worked with our operator to help train staff in all aspects of their jobs, thereby investing in the people to help improve their knowledge and future prospects. This included Responsible Tourism training.
Our leaders, already committed to Responsible Tourism, have received training and get additional refresher training on a regular basis. Leaders will advise the group on where to shop, what to buy (and not to buy), how to behave, litter policy, drinking water (plastic bottles) and any additional visits to projects that may be of interest.
We use predominantly locally owned and run accommodation on this trip. This contributes directly to the local communities as local staff are employed and locally produced and sourced goods are bought for the accommodation benefiting the wider community. This trip will give you the chance to stay in some traditional community home stays and long houses. The money you spend on these nights will go directly to the local communities creating the greatest possible benefits.
We have at our offices worked to reduce our carbon footprint through a reduction of energy use and energy conservation measures. We also actively reduce the waste produced by having active reduction and recycling policies in place. We run annual staff workshops on Responsible Tourism. Global warming is a reality and to help you make a difference by reducing the carbon dioxide that is produced when you travel we offer a chance to carbon balance your flights. We encourage all our clients to do this and do so for all our staff travel. Go on do your bit!