Eco-tourism

Andrew Sebastian: On Malaysia Ecotourism & Ecology

No stranger to bird lovers and forest trekkers in Malaysia, guide Andrew Sebastian has more tricks up his sleeves in promoting ecotourism and habitat conservation than anyone can imagine. Gaia Discovery’s Mallika Naguran catches up with the bird expert to find out more about the Wallace Project through Sebastian’s own NGO - Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia, and about his views on how tourism can help raise ecological awareness.

Amala Menon: Genuine Indian Homestays With SaveAGram

Just how authentic can community-based tourism get? SaveAGram strives to raise the bar in not just capturing the authenticity of village tourism experience in the north and south of India, but also maintain responsibility in touring activities so as to uphold age-old traditions, culture, values and even the architecture of Indian villages.

Alex Tsuk: Rise of Responsible Tourism Community in Bali with BookGreener

A ground up, industry-led responsible tourism movement is picking up in Bali. Mallika Naguran speaks to the founder or 'Chief Alchemist' of Book Greener, Alex Tsuk, about this special group of operators and the role they play in dealing with crisis as volcano Agung continues to disrupt tourism in this island of paradise.

Masaru Takayama: A Stronger Asian Ecotourism Network for 2018

Masaru Takayama, Chair and Founder of the Asian Ecotourism Network, speaks to Gaia Discovery's Mallika Naguran of his plans for 2018 and in shaping a stronger association that promotes responsible tourism in Asia. 

Hitesh Mehta: On Ecotourism Trends in Asia from 2017

Hitesh Mehta: On Ecotourism Trends in Asia from 2017

Hitesh S. Mehta, the president of HM Design, is a pioneer in the field of authentic ecotourism and a well sought-after ecotourism landscape architect, environmental planner and architect. Here, Mehta speaks to Mallika Naguran, the founder of Gaia Discovery, of his views on how ecotourism is likely to shape Asia in the years to come and about his next book - the second volume of Authentic Ecolodges.

Tom Schmidt: Eco Spin in Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series

Tom Schmidt: Eco Spin in Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series
Mallika Naguran speaks to Thomas Schmidt of the Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series to find out what motivates the award winning author to write, draw and self-publish what could possibly be the most regionally significant and environmentally pertinent graphic novel series.

Albert Teo: Responsible Tourism for Borneo Biodiversity Preservation, Community Capacity Building

Albert Teo: Responsible Tourism for Borneo Biodiversity Preservation, Community Capacity Building
Protecting wildlife and fragile ecosystems while boosting livelihoods can be done through purposeful enterprise, as demonstrated by Boreno Eco Tours' Albert Teo, in the Lower Kinabatangan and Kudat areas of Sabah. Mallika Naguran chats with Albert Teo, also the founder of Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies, to find out more about his sustainable tourism business model.

Thailand Canoe Tour Operator Dave Williams Shows Quality and Knowledge Make Good Eco Tourism

Dave Williams runs a specialist paddling and outdoor activity tour company in the south of Thailand. He puts as much emphasis on the environment as on making money, and says there is more to life than climbing the corporate ladder.