Sustainable tourism and ecotourism
It has been estimated that the increase in international traveling will result in over 1.5 billion tourists per annum by the year 2020. Tourism creates millions of jobs all around the world every year and contributes to economic growth and cultural sensitivity. It is also an influential tool in ecological conservation and the combat against the global environmental issues.
The role of Robert Geneid in ecotourism
Robert Geneid is contributing to the ecotourism industry with the upgrade of one of the prime locations for ecotourism in Malaysia, the Royal Mulu Resort, to being the Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa and by holding managerial responsibility of the Mulu National Park; a World Heritage site. In addition to being an exquisitely beautiful area, Mulu holds natural wonders like the largest cave chamber on earth and also the biggest blossom in the world, making it an ideal location for ecotourism. Robert Geneid believes that his expertise in the area of development and his passion for conservation, and for the Mulu region awards him with the ability to maintain the delicate balance between development and conservation. Upholding high standards of ecotourism and strongly advocating sustainable travel, Robert Geneid is working with the earth at heart.
How tourists can help the earth
While Robert Geneid and his company provide beautiful ecotourism destinations, it is important to consider that it is the responsibility of tourists to ensure they arrive at their holiday site after travelling as sustainably as possible. Focus should be placed in upholding the minimal impact possible on the environment and indigenous communities as possible. It is the responsibility of tourists to travel only to locations that, like the Mulu National Park and the Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa, uphold high ideals and standards of conservation and are also concerned with the well-being of the local populace. It is up to the tourists to make use of the facilities in an environmentally conscious manner and to make an effort to understand the culture and natural history of the holiday destination. Furthermore, visitors should take absolute care not to adversely affect the ecosystem and observe the green practices of recycling and conserving energy as far as possible.
Ecotourism; bringing growth to Mulu
Of course, for tourists to visit ecotourism destination, fossil fuels are invariably used in travel and often forests and natural areas are cleared to make roads. Because of this, ecotourism and sustainable travel could be construed as a contradiction in terms. The massive benefit that destinations such as Mulu National Park and the Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa bring to the indigenous people in terms of economic growth and job creation cannot be ignored, nor can the awareness raised of local cultures and the influx of much needed revenue to further ecological endeavours. Perhaps Robert Geneid’s philosophy of maintaining balance is the only answer. While tourism is certainly leaving a substantial carbon footprint, the benefits in terms of the environment far outweighs the harm, as long as balance is observed.