The final part of the Analysis,we are going to see one of the Environmental Friendly Hospitality establishment in Sabah and some advices they can implement in future.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge is an unforgettable wild life experience in Borneo’s ancient rainforest, combining comfort and privacy with high quality natural history. The lodge and chalets are designed by nature lovers and build with local materials. The lodge is located in a magnificent area beside the Danum River deep inside the Sabah’s largest protected rain forest. The Danum Valley conservation area is one of the last undisturbed tropical rainforests in the world.
There are 31 twin-sharing rooms in the middle of the forest and all 24 chalets have private bathroom, hot water, and a balcony. The furnishings are comfortable but not lavish. The chalets are designed after traditional local village dwelling and are linked to the main lodge by walkways. The main building of the lodge is a large strong wooden structure with an upper balcony and lobby area where guests can relax. There is also a dining area with a well-stocked bar. Fees are including accommodation, meals at the lodge, guided jungle activities and taxes.
POSITIVE IMPACT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is in the middle of a rich nature reserve, the lodge have plenty of nature-related activities to encourage the tourists to learn from the Mother Nature. The lodge provide videos and slide presentations as well as guided walks along with nature trails. Furthermore learning visitors can request special visits to research areas such as the Danum Valley Field Centre, a well known scientific research facility in Malaysia. The lodge also offers a 107m canopy walkway and night-time animal spotting in an open jeep. The establishment is vowing to contribute enough to the nature activities and attract the tourists who love the Mother Nature. Through these nature activities the lodge is providing more information about the surrounding natural habitat and helping the unspoiled environment.
A volunteer project jointly organised by the Rainforest lodge and Borneo Eco Tours, an attempt to curb the spread of weeds on ‘Kelenanap Lake’ before the damage is going to be permanent. For this project the lodge set a 1000 free room nights for 20 persons per volunteer group. Each group of 20 persons get three nights at a time for effective coordination and an opportunity to involve many people as possible. The lodge is estimated that the 1000 room nights are fully used, last year 660 people participated in the volunteer project.
During the three day stay volunteers need to pay only for their meals and fuel for the boats that bring to them to the lake. All volunteers are briefed on arrival and also be taken to a complimentary river cruise to view the local wild life. At the end of the programme participants will be presented with a T-Shirt and a certificate of participation. This project is open for everyone who is interested in preserving the natural environment.
Carbon-dioxide is created by most of the non renewable energy source and contributes to the climate change. If the Establishment-The Rain forest Lodge use the energy more efficiently they will reduce the Carbon-dioxide emissions. This action could help to reduce the rate of the climate change. There are various ways to reduce the energy bills and save money.
- Switching off the unnecessary lighting can reduce the lighting bills and save the energy consumption.
- Use the energy saving light bulbs, they can save as much energy as possible and reduce the energy bills.
The approach the Establishment could adopt in order to reduce the cost and the environment friendly is that first reduce the amount of raw material purchased as possible. In order to do that the Establishment should reuse any materials or resources that can finally recyclable.
- Recycle lodge’s paper, glass and cardboard as much as possible. Avoid plastic, because plastic can’t to be recycled.
- Use the recycle paper for printing broachers, encourage using vegetable ink for printing and using the water based sealers.
The Establishment can do the above suggestions immediately, but the following suggestions are for its future operation.
- Practice the way to produce its own electricity by wind power and solar panels. They are more environments friendly and can save the cost of the energy usage. Here the initial cost is higher but for the long run it’s more profitable and eco friendly.
- Build the rooms with that natural light can be used to light up the place in day time, this need new way of modern architecture. This also cost more but helpful in the long run. Electricity is mostly used in the lodge; the recommendation will cut the cost of bills and encourage the establishment to save energy.
- Water management is an important area in addressing energy consumption. This is because of the amount of energy used in purifying the water and pump in to the Establishment. The Establishment should install a rain water collection point and used the rain water for Hotels usage. It also cut the energy cost and use the wasted rain water for its usage.
ENVIROMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
The Malaysian Tourism authority should introduce a new tax system like green taxation. Through this taxation system they can encourage the hospitality establishments to be friendly with the environmental issues. They can punish the establishments if they are not following the environmental issues by enforcing more tax on them and use this tax money to encourage, advice and even give loans and to the establishments willing to do and follow the environmental rules. Through this you can bring environmental awareness to the most of the establishments.
The Malaysian Tourism authority can give advice and support to the properties which are willing to produce reusable own energy like wind mill and solar power. They also can encourage the new and renewed properties to follow new energy efficient building systems like use more natural lights for their rooms and lobbies in day time. This will cut the cost of energy and save more energy for the future use.
Water management is one of the important issues in the Hospitality industry, because water resources are limited and need for water is higher than expected. The Tourism authority can provide advice even loans to the properties willing to install the rain water collecting system and encourage the properties to use the rain water for their day to day operations. This will cut the wastage of rainwater going to the rivers and ocean.
Transportation is another sector in the hospitality industry which need more energy source and is a big contributor to the climate change. The Tourism authority can encourage the Hotels and Resorts to incorporate with government transportation and ask them to follow environmental friendly transport systems such as Bicycle renting for their guests and new pedestrian and cycle paths in and around the establishments. Same time the authorities can provide free parking for the bicycle users and high parking rates for the other mode of transportation.
The above mentioned Suggestions are some the suggestions the tourism authority can take consideration for its future development. The tourism sector requires two crucial assets in order to provide a valuable and memorable experience to the visitors. These assets are the business itself and the environment in which it operates. This relay on the quality of the environment to attract visitors to the area means that in order to be successful the authorities must manage its environmental impacts very carefully.