Over 2018, Cleverdis / ITB Berlin News editor-in-chief Richard Barnes spent a total of five weeks (in three different visits) travelling all around Malaysia on a comprehensive fact- finding tour for TourMAB. com – the Tourism Media Asset Base – compiled for Tourism Malaysia as part of the nation’s ITB Berlin Official Partner Country project in 2019. He visited a number of national parks, including Taman Negara, Royal Belum, Mulu, Bako, Kinabatangan, … the list goes on. One of his self-imposed missions was to try to uncover the truth about the reported destruction of Borneo’s forests and the dwindling Orang-utan populations. He discovered places that still today remain more untouched than virtually anywhere else on the planet, and thanks to the annexing of a number of locations as UNESCO World Heritage, as well as the enforcement of protection of national parks – and limiting of numbers of visitors – look like remaining so for a long time to come.
“There are places where you feel as though you are the only humans in the forest,” says Barnes, who will relate his experience through his eyes, in his words, during a talk and slide-show on the Centre Stage.
Date: March 8, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: Hall 4.1 / ITB Central Stage (Big Stage)