Do your bit for planet earth while you trot arount it?
Aside from encouraging their guests to conserver water, energy and re-use towels there hotels are going the extra mile for the environment.
Sukau Rainforeste Lodge in Sabah, Malaysia
A low-impact lodge situated at the basin of Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan, it donates USD$1 for every international guest it hosts to the Borneo Exotourism Solutions and Strategies (BEST)
Nihiwatu Resort, Sumba Island, Indonesia
The resort runs the non-profit The Sumba Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for the island's indigenous people. Visitors can choose to support a variety of projects under the foundation.
The Orchid in Mumbai, India
This five-star hotel minimises the usage of wood, plastics and paper by using handmade stationery, cloth laundry bags and placing separate bins for recyclable items in guest rooms.
Souvenis-shopping is most-do for most tourists, who end up with plastic bags full of tokens to take home. Plastic takes almost 1,000 years to break down; you can help the environment by refusing these bags when byuing products. Bring your own cloth carrier bags, rucksacks or beach bags when out shopping. If you have no choice but use them to carry your things around, return them to the sellers after you've packed your purchases into your luggage, so that the bags can be re-used.
Compiled By Lydia Lau, Going Places
The Malaysia External Trade Developement Corpration or MATRADE is a national trade promotion agency which links Malaysia exports to foreign imporetes. Supported by a network of three regional and 34 offices worldwide, MATRADE offers a range of facilities and services to assist Malaysian businessman to secure export opportunities and also foreign businessman wishing to source for products services from Malaysia.
Information Call MATRADE at +603 6207 7707
fax +603 6203 7037 / 7033 or visit www.matrade.gov.my
The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) is the Government's principal agency for the promotion and coordination of industrial development. MISA is the first point of contact for investors who intend to set up projects in the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Foreign investors pursuing interests on investment activities in Malaysia are advised to contact MIDA for assistance.
Information Call +603 2267 3633, e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.mida.gov.my
MATRADE and MIDA Business Information Counters are located within Visitor Service Centre at tha International Arrival Hall, Main Terminal Building KLIA.
MALAYSIA FAST FACTS
Official langguage Bahasa Malaysia, English is widely spoken.
Official religion Islam, The population comprises Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and followers of others religions.
Climate Malaysia enjoys an equatirial climate ranging from 22 C to 32 C, with cooler temperatures in highland areas. Annual rainfall averages 200cm to 400cm with regional variation and distinct rainy season
Tima The standart Malaysian time is eight (8) hours ahead of GMT.
Balinese and Thai Massages have become all-too familiar, break the monotony with these traditional Malay Treatments
1. Fly The Malaysian Flag