The APECO 2006 Organising Committee thanks the Speakers, Delegates and Sponsors for a successful and very lively Conference. We look forward to welcome you again for APECO 2007.


APECO 2006 Papers (more Papers will be uploaded soon)


Dr Frederick S.E Gunasinghe, President Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation

Challenges in Managing Community Based Ecotourism Projects - Sri Lanka Experience

Mr Bijaya Pradhan, Chairman, Dream Nepal Travel & Tours  & Discover Nepal, Nepal

Challenges in Marketing Ecotourism Products and Services - Nepal

Mr Rabi Jung Pandey, Manager Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) Bhrikuti Mandap Kathmandu, Nepal

Challenges in Managing Community Based Ecotourism Projects - TRPAP, Nepal

Mr Albert Teo, Managing Director, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia

Designing, Building and Maintaining Ecotourism Facilities - Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Sabah, Malaysia

Dr Junaida Lee Abdullah, Undersecretary,

Policy, Planning and International Affairs Division, Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia

Ecotourism Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region - Malaysia

Mr Steven Schipani Team Leader, Community-Based Tourism Component LNTA-ADB Mekong Tourism Development Project Lao National Tourism Administration, Laos

Challenges in Managing Community Based Ecotourism Projects - Project Lao National Tourism

Mr Peter Richards, Responsible Ecological Social Tours Project (REST) Bangkok, Thailand

Challenges in Marketing Community Based Ecotourism Projects - REST Project

Mr Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services (AOS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Challenges in Marketing Ecotourism Products and Services - AOS Experience

Mr Samir Thapa, Certified Hospitality Educator Chairman & Founder Principal Silver Mountain School of Hotel Management, NEPAL

Challenges in Managing Community Based Ecotourism Projects - Tharru Kappu, Nepal

Mr Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Tourism Malaysia

(Paper delivered by Mr Halim Seruji, Deputy Director, International Promotion, Tourism Malaysia)

Challenges in Marketing Ecotourism Products and Services - Tourism Malaysia

Mr Stephen Yong, Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Office, Mekong Tourism Development, Thailand

Ecotourism Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region - Mekong Tourism Development Area (Thailand, Lao, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia)

Dr Ghazally Ismail, Chairman, Tahan Holidays Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Making good the "eco" in ecotourism.

Mr Masaru Takayama, Executive Director, Japan EcoLodge Association, Japan

Designing, Building and Maintaining Ecotourism Facilities - The Japanese Experience

Dr Loh Chi Leong, Executive Director, Malaysian Nature Society, Malaysia

Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Ulu Geroh, Perak as an Ecotourism Site with Indigenous People (Semai)

Mr Ooi Chin Hock, Chairman, Bird Conservation Council, Malaysia

Tourism and Bird Conservation in Peninsular Malaysia

Ms Sarala Aikanathan, Director, Wetland International Malaysia

Wetland Conservation & Tasik Bera RAMSAR site

Ms Ayako Ezaki, Asia Pacific Coordinator, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Washington DC,USA

(Paper delivered by Mr Peter Richards, REST, a Member of TIES)

The Prospect of Ecotourism Business in Asia Pacific ~ TIES’ Perspective on Responsible Tourism and Business Opportunities

Dr Azlizam Aziz, Lecturer/ Researcher, University Putra Malaysia

Sharing the experiences of local community in small ecotourism businesses at Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara

LEE Choon Loong

Conference Convenor

MATTA Vice President

Research & Technology


Issues & Experiences

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Welcome to Taman Negara National Park!


The Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) & Co-Organisers - Pahang State Government, National Wildlife Department and Tourism Malaysia - invite you to participate in the 4th Asia Pacific Ecotourism Conference (APECO 2006).


Conference in the Jungle

Taman Negara National Park offers a very unique conference experience combining spectacular 130 million years old tropical rainforest areas, diverse and beautiful natural environments, coupled with suitable meeting venues. Taman Negara National Park's beautiful tropical location provides the perfect backdrop upon which we will present APECO's 4th International Conference.


18 Expert Speakers & Pertinent Ecotourism Issues

The 2006 APECO International Conference will present you with an extensive combination of International and National keynote speakers, and interactive concurrent seminar sessions. The selection of speakers and paper titles offers a broad range of ecotourism issues ranging from mountains and jungles to marine life and local communities. A range of social functions and the main gala dinners will present and encapsulate the unique culture, food and dances of Pahang State together with residents of Taman Negara National Park.


Excellent Networking and Learning Opportunities

The 2006 Conference, with the strong support and enthusiasm of sponsor partners, will provide an exciting and engaging forum for discussion of current issues, solutions and best practice case studies, great networking opportunities be engaged in a vibrant and entertaining cultural program. Get to know the Speakers and "who's who" in the ecotourism fraternity.


Tours and Activities in the Oldest Rainforests in the World

This year for the first time, the Conference is held in a National Park. A new Conference program format will showcase Taman Negara National Park's unique surrounds and natural assets. Delegates will have the option of benefiting from a half day tour and activities at Taman Negara National Park and congregating at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort for the Conference plenary sessions program.


Definitely not to be missed!

The 4th APECO Conference will present you with a program relevant to all nature based and ecotourism operators, State and Regional Tourism organisations, National Parks and Protected Area Managers, Government agencies, Guides, students and individuals.


Delegates Package which includes 4Days, 3Nights Twin Share Accommodation, 2 way overland transfers ex-Kuala Lumpur, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners, 4 Teabreaks, 16 hours of Conference Sessions, Conference Kit, 2.5 hours Guided Tours and unlimited Networking starts from RM299 (USD80) per person only (Malaysian MATTA Members before 16th October 2006).


We look forward to welcoming you to Taman Negara National Park for this important and inspirational international industry event attended by serious ecotourism players in the Asia Pacific region.




Marine ecotourism enables people to experience the natural environment in marine and coastal regions where they will receive a satisfying experience and pay for it. Examples of activities might include watching whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and other marine animals, seabird ornithology, diving and snorkelling, nature–based sight-seeing trips by surface boat or submarine, rock-pooling, coastal footpath and beach walking and visiting seashore and sea life centres.





Wetlands are nesting, feeding, and resting areas for many shorebirds, ducks, song birds, raptors and other migratory birds. Wetlands provide not only habitat for migratory birds but offer food sources (fish, rice), habitat, flood storage, pollution control, energy sources (timber, peat), and more. In spite of a broad range of benefits to society, wetlands and the birds, fish, and other animals which live within them continue to be destroyed at an alarming rate.





Local community benefits from protected areas is a vital component of ecotourism and sustainable development. Local community benefits is not a separate issue from ecological sustainability. Without these benefits, long-term conservation and sustainability are impossible. If locals do not enjoy benefits, they will not see the value of conservation, which is especially important in developing nations where wealth is difficult to obtain or where wealth usually falls into the hands of a few. People care about their own survival rather than saving the biodiversity of animals and plants.




Ecotourism is a way for developing countries to earn foreign revenue by preserving their rainforests. Eco-tourists pay to see a country's natural beauty, not the destruction caused by short-run exploitation. Money spent directly in the local economy helps give economic value to forest preservation.


The locals, along with the government, can see the importance of keeping the forest intact. Most tourists are willing to pay directly for preservation in the forms of park entrance fees and donations.





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