A graduate in Economics (Honours) from the University of London in 1977, Albert Teo has been in the tourism industry for the last thirty seven years. A keen photographer, he has trekked over 1,000km in Borneo, published ten books including the best selling Sabah -Land of the Sacred Mountain, Journey through Borneo, Saving Paradise-The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge authored with Carol Patterson and the latest book, A Souvenir of Sabah Malaysian Borneo.
His companies Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge have won numerous international ecotourism awards including Asia’s Leading Green Hotel at the 17th World Travel Award 2010 and the 2012 SKÅL International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award for Tour Operator at the 73rd SKÅL International Congress in Korea. http://www.borneoecotours.com/about-us/awards.php
Albert is presently focusing his energy on developing social entrepreneurship through his community/environment foundation, Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies or BEST Society. www.bestsociety.org . In 2014, BEST Society received the UNWTO Ulysses Award for excellence and innovation in tourism in NGO category at Madrid, Spain.
Albert has served in various positions in the tourism industry including Sabah Chapter Chairman of Malaysian Association of Tours and Travel Agents MATTA, Chairman of Sabah Tourist Association 1985/86, Board of Advisor of The International Ecotourism Society TIES, USA, Marketing Committee, Rural Tourism product development committee of Sabah Tourism Board. Albert was also a member of the finalist selection committee for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards of World Travel and Tourism Council WTTC for five years.
I would like to contribute to the promotion and growth of ecotourism network in and across Asia and use ecotourism as a tool for social entrepreneurship and poverty eradication /alleviation.
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