SAVE THE DATE - 5 April 2017
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Whilst many tourism businesses donate goods and/or services to local causes, few actually take it to the next level and engage with local communities to make a real difference.
Social entrepreneurship occurs when businesses develop, fund and implement innovative solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. Where conventional businesses are established largely to generate profits, social entrepreneurship focuses on sustainable goals with contributions to conservation and the communities, in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care and community development.
Two world class experts in Tourism's Giving Back are Amy Carter-James and Albert Teo.
Amy Carter-James is the Co-Founder of Guludo Beach Lodge, Mozambique. Amy has been internationally recognised as a leading social entrepreneur finding innovative, grass-root solutions to lift vulnerable children and their families out of poverty. Amy combined her passion for relieving poverty and conservation in the creation of Guludo in 2002.
Through the development of a boutique eco-resort and the Nema charitable foundation, Guludo continues to relieve poverty to over 24,000 people living in rural Mozambique. Guludo has become a leader in responsible tourism and has received a plethora of personal and professional international awards. Amy has also founded Thin Cats Thinking, assisting other hotels and resorts around the world to work more efficiently with local communities to maximise their positive impact.
Albert Teo is the Founder of Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia. Both companies, have won numerous international ecotourism awards. In 1996 Albert founded the non-profit organisation Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society.
The Society was founded to address community issues and alleviate poverty through capacity building, and to make the world a greener place through sustainable environmental projects.
In 2014 BEST Society won the prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWATO) Ulysses Award for its Social Entrepreneurship contributions.
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