1. Congratulations on winning a World Responsible Tourism Award. What was your reaction when you won?
2. What inspired you to start your business?
I backpacked for a year in Asia after finishing my M.Sc in mathematics in 1989, and I was blown away especially by Sumatra in Indonesia.
3. Why did you choose to go down the responsible travel route?
Coming from Holland, it’s part of our genetic code to work together with all stakeholders – Holland is a highly typical stakeholder society – so it made sense to work, from day 1 onwards, exclusively with local people, and to make sure that the local community at large would benefit from our presence. So our local staff run the show, they can run their own support businesses on site, and we support the local community by inviting our guests to pay a bit extra to help support a local community project.
4. What is your one tip for someone who wants to travel more responsibly?
For me, the key is, still, to go local:
5. What has been your most rewarding outcome from choosing to practice responsible travel?
The energy and the team spirit it has given our whole team: everybody feels jointly proud, they know that they have all contributed, and they want to show that they deserve these accolades, so everybody is ready to try the next steps!
Thank you Marc for such inspiring words and actions. We can’t wait to come and discover Loola Adventure Resort for ourselves.
If you are heading to Indonesia or Singapore, then we highly recommend you book a stay at Loola Adventure Resort to experience the amazing work they are doing for yourselves. To book you can Email their Singapore-based booking office [email protected], or Call +65-6764 6496.
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