Friday, January 26, 2018

Sabah hotels and resorts encouraged to go green

KOTA KINABALU: A delegation from the Malaysian Green Building Confederation (MGBC), Sabah Chapter led by its chairman Mok Juang Yu, paid a courtesy call on Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, on January 22 to brief him on the Borneo Green Resort Rating Tool.

During the briefing, Mok recalled their courtesy call to Masidi late last year, when the minister lamented shortage of hotels in Sabah, especially hotels that are certified green.

Masidi noted that green hotels and resorts will always fetch higher tourist dollars and complements the state’s effort to develop eco-tourism in a big way.

In line with this, Masidi requested MGBC Sabah Chapter to formulate a green resort guideline, which should be practical, effective and affordable, especially for the small resorts.

He was then briefed on the draft Borneo Green Resort Tool, which MGBC had tested on two eco-resorts in the east coast, namely the Balung River Eco Resort and the Sipadan Mangrove Resort.

Both resorts are utilising renewable energy, recycling water and self sustaining in food source and other sustainable practices.

Sim noted that both resorts will achieve gold or higher if they make some improvements that are very cost effective.

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