Sarawak’s Great Orangutan Project Gets Global Recognition

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LONDON, UK – Monday: The Great Projects, of which the Great OrangUtan project is a part of, was highly commended in the Best for Responsible Wildlife Experience category recently at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2013.

At a separate ceremony, a copy of the award was handed over to Datuk Amar Abang Zohari Tun Openg, Sarawak’s Minister of Housing & Tourism by Andrew Starbucks, Managing Director of The Great Projects UK. Also present at the ceremony were Assistant Minister of Tourism Sarawak, Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, Datu’ Ik Pahon Joyik.

The Great Projects is a family of animal protection projects located around the world. The Matang Wildlife Center, Kuching, Sarawak is where the Great OrangUtan Project is centered.

The World Responsile Tourism Awards are the most prestigious and competitive of their kind in the world and are a collaboration between online travel directory and ICRT (International Centre for Responsible Tourism). The Award ceremony took place at World Travel Market during its dedicated World Responsible Tourism Day and was supported by the prominent mainstream media partners such as Metro, TTG, Green Hotelier and Selling Long Haul.

Now in their 10th year, the World Responsible Tourism Awards celebrate the most inspiring stories in responsible tourism.This year, the Award featured 8 categories covering a variety of topics, which reflect the hottest issue currently debated in the world of responsible and sustainable tourism.

Maurice Balang, Sarawak Tourism Board’s Marketing Manager (Europe/International Market) who represented the Board at WTM said; “We are proud of the recognition and hope that the recognition will encourage more travel towards responsible tourism in Sarawak. We offer a great experience where tourists as part of their travels can help save the OrangUtan species”.

The winner of the Best Responsible Wildlife Experiences category was Nam Nern Night Safari in Laos that was set up by Wildlife Conservation Society. It is known for its initiative to support the conservation of tigers and their prey, as well as other wildlife, by placing a monetary value on tigers and other wildlife for local people. This category is the newest category introduced this year.

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The recognition presented to Datuk Amar Abang Zohari Tun Openg (2nd from right) by Andrew Starbucks (middle). Present at the ceremony also Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (far left), Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab (2nd left) and Datuk Hj Talib Zulpilip (far right).

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