Responsible tourism means integration, not intrusion, with natural surroundings, SU MEI TOH visits one of Malaysia's island resorts and finds some interesting and progressive results.
For travelers looking for adventure and ease in the jungles of Malaysia, DAVID BOWDEN highlights five stand out resorts in places surrounded by natural wonders and cozy comforts.
Responsible tourism is not a one-way street; it also means being a responsible tourist. In a visit to a forest-dwelling Orang Asli community in Temenggor, RICK GREGORY observes some uncivilized behaviour by the educated ones.
A real paradise. SERINA RAHMAN discovers the beauty of Bunaken National Marine Park, as pretty as displayed in guide books and glossy dive magazines. As a model marine park, we can learn a lot from the strong partnerships of park managers, local communities and tourism operators to maintain the sanctity of Bunaken.
SERINA RAHMAN shares her view on responsible tourism and highlights three principles that make up the basis of responsible tourism: contributing to the local economy; respecting cultures and investing in social capital; and environmental commitments.
APECO brings together travel industry operators with practitioners and policymakers of ecotourism. WILD ASIA's series covers its broader aspects, whether in remote jungles, underwater havens or urban landscapes.
Human attitudes are the greatest worry of the world's largest diver-training organisation, RICK GREGORY covers the PADI perspective on nature-based tourism in marine ecosystems.
Wooden carvings, beaded trinkets, and colourful cultural dance shows are all part of the tourist experience. But is it real? RICK GREGORY reports on how to be authentic over artificial in Asia.
Ecotourism is a misunderstood or misused term and does it imply a truly unique experience for the travel consumer? WILD ASIA listens in at APECO 2004 on a debate on the travel industry venturing into green hot spots.
Ecotourism has melded with mainstream tourism to lose its distinct qualities as consumers try to sift out eco-travel from mass-travel, RICK GREGORY found that the answers are not always so easy to obtain.