sustainable tourism experience

In the beginning of this year I had the great opportunity to work as an intern at Asian Overland Services (AOS), a tour operator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This company has been strongly focused on implementing their Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies for a long period of time.

One of the numerous green projects of Mr. Wong, the founder and owner of AOS, was to turn their Frangipani Resort into a green resort. During my internship I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at this resort and experience their implementations of sustainable management practices from first hand. The resort is partly equipped with solar panels, their wastewater is recycled, energy- efficient light bulbs are used as well as sustainable building materials have been utilized in order to save energy. Moreover, the resort encourages people to recycle their waste, with neatly decorated bins, which can be found all over the place. The resort draws special attention to the presentation of their “green” practices: Hand made wooden carved signs help for orientation and make the guests aware of their principles.

The Frangipani Resort even employs an environment engineer who is responsible for further improvements and to manage the quality of the implementations, which constitutes for me the key point in sustainable tourism. There will always be room for improvement and there is a need of observation for how the policies are implemented. Personally for me, the Frangipani Resort & Spa definitely was the greenest resort in Malaysia and a perfect example for acting environmentally green.

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