Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL) celebrates another feat by claiming the ‘Excellence in Hotel Services Category – Nature Lodge in the Sabah Tourism Awards 2013 on 16 November 2013. The biennial Sabah Tourism Awards is the top accolade for tourism and hospitality industry in the state of Sabah, Malaysia of which, 35 outstanding organizations and individuals were given special recognition.
Opened in 1995 by Albert Teo, SRL is a beacon for aspiring conservationists and ecolodge operators around the world. The lodge’s latest achievement is essentially attributed to its commitment to sustainable tourism development principle of triple bottom line- economic, social, and environment. Such principle includes application of ‘Green Policy in daily operation for instance, utilising rainwater and solar hot water heating, which makes SRL completely self sufficient in water and power supply. Electric motors are used for river safari tours to wildlife areas to minimise air and noise pollution hence, reducing impact to the wildlife. Read their Green Policy (http://www.sukau.com/green-policies.php)
SRL and sister company, Borneo Eco Tours run its own non-profit community and environment foundation ‘Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies Society’, BEST Society (www.bestsociety.org) to implement its community and environmental projects in Kinabatangan, Kudat and the rest of Sabah. One of the most successful projects is the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation Program or KWICORP tree planting program to regenerate a piece of degraded land for wildlife corridor. The lodge also co-organised three major medical projects in the nearby Kg. Sukau, Abai and Bilit to provide free medical and dental treatments, which had benefited more than 2000 villagers since 2003.
The lodge donates RM4 per adult to BEST Society for every international guest. (Borneo Eco Tours also contributes RM8 per guest). From 1996 to July 2013, SRL has raised RM 231,877.08 out of a total of RM 1,060,183.57 for BEST Society’s various projects.
In October 2013, Sukau Rainforest Lodge was named as a finalist for the 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards in the Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider category. http://www.borneoecotours.com/uploads/newsletter/press/2013/10/wildasia/