A convention on Global Change and ‘101 Ways to Save
and Make a Change’ is to be held in Langkawi from October 23 – 25, 2009.
The event will be held at the 118-room Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa
located along 400-metres of golden sands at Pantai Tengah, in southwest
Mr. Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director of
Asian AOS Conventions and Events (AOSCE) and conference convener
said, “Adopting a more responsible approach to the environment is
essential in everything we do and plan. For example, Frangipani
Langkawi Resort & Spa acknowledges that the future for tourism on
Langkawi is responsible management of the island’s environment and
it’s not just a short term bandwagon that one jumps on for current
marketing purposes. It is a holistic approach involving all
sectors of island life.”
“Furthermore, with the current economic
slowdown all sectors of society have to look at ways to cut back.
Everyone is affected by the downturn and we all have to seek out
ways to cut back on wastage,” Mr. Wong added.
The October convention on climate change is
expected to attract representatives from all over Malaysia and all
sectors of industry, government departments, institutes of
learning, the public, schools, the travel and hospitality industry
and NGO’s who are concerned about the impacts of global change on
the environment and who are seeking simple solutions to resolving
Participants will learn ways to save and make a
positive change to the environment.
Room revenue for the three-day convention will
be donated to ‘Save Our Earth Foundation’ as the objective of the
conference is to raise a million Ringgit for NGOs.
An Asia Pacific convention will take place
in June 2010 and in this convention, a million US dollars is
targeted to be raised. These monies will go to environmental NGOs.
The Frangipani Langkawi Resort has been
recognised by the tourism industry for championing responsible
tourism practices and received a highly commended award in the
Large Hotel Category at the 2008 Virgin Holidays Responsible
Tourism Awards presented during the World Travel Mart in London.
Mr Wong said that various measures have been
introduced at the resort including reducing consumption especially
wastage, effectively managing energy consumption to reduce
wastage, using environmentally-friendly detergents, filtering the
resort’s ‘grey water’ through a wetland and working with the local
authorities to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to the
island’s limited landfill.
“Everyone in the Frangipani community from the
owners to management, staff and guests is encouraged to
participate in our programmes and we find that we have increasing
support from many quarters. Being an island, Langkawi has many
sensitive environmental variables that need to be carefully
managed if tourism on the island is to be sustainable,” said Mr
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