AZ B2N Tour Services supports sustainable tourism and endorse it to its clients. By following the simple advice in this page, you can get more out of your holiday – and help make a positive difference to the lives of the people and places you visit in Brunei. You can also help to ensure there are special places for us all to visit – for generations to come!
WHAT IS BRUNEI S.T.E.P.?
Brunei S.T.E.P. is a sustainable tourism program created by the tourism consultant of AZ B2N Tour Services. It is all about taking the steps to make a positive difference when you travel to Brunei:
- Enjoying ourselves and taking responsibility for our actions,
- Respecting local cultures and the natural environment, giving fair economic returns to local families,
- Recognising that water and energy are precious resources that we need to use carefully,
- Helping to protect endangered wildlife and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the places we visit,
- Protecting and enhancing favourite destinations for the future enjoyment of visitors and the people who live there.
YOU CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE,
JUST BY FOLLOWING THIS SIMPLE STEPS…
ON YOUR HOLIDAY/VACATION
- Respect the local culture and traditions. Ensure that your dress and behaviour is appropriate for the places you visit. If you’re unsure, talk to local people or ask your travel representative.
- Please don’t have your photograph taken with any ‘wild’ animals. These animals are taken from the wild when they are very young, often mistreated and are killed when they get too large or difficult to handle.
- Coral is extremely fragile and takes decades to grow. Don’t step on or remove any coral when swimming or diving and avoid kicking up sand as it can suffocate and kill coral polyps.
- Be open to different ways of thinking, living and working. It’s all part of the holiday experience.
- Displaying expensive jewellery or cameras, particularly in very poor communities, may distance you from the culture you’ve come to experience.
- Child sex tourism is a criminal offence in all destinations. If you would like to report an incident, contact Police Tel: 993
- Minimise waste by reusing plastic bags, bringing your own water filter bottle or purifier and taking your used batteries home with you.
BEFORE YOU GO
- Start enjoying your holiday before you go by doing some background reading on the people and places you’ll be visiting. Your welcome will be warmer if you take an interest and speak even a few simple phrases in the local language.
- Recycle your holiday brochures when you’ve finished with them or pass them on to a friend.
- Please don’t bring your litter on holiday with you. Remove the packaging from clothing, toiletries etc. and recycle if possible.
- Consider compensating for the environmental impact of your flight. Ask your airline if they are part of any ‘carbon-offset’ scheme.
EXPLORING THE AREA
- Guidebooks are a useful source of information, but get ‘insider’ knowledge by talking to local people, explore places away from the main tourist sites and create your own adventure.
- When exploring, using local suppliers or local guides and taxis will enrich your holiday experience and help support the local economy.
- Hire a car only if you need to. Using public transport, bicycles and walking are ‘environmentally friendlier’ alternatives and a great way of meeting local people. Check out local alternatives with your local tour/travel provider.
- Ask permission before taking photographs of people or their homes and don’t be offended if they decline or expect to be paid for the privilege.
- Fire is a serious hazard. Be extremely careful with cigarettes and matches and take your cigarette stubs with you.
- Please don’t pick flowers and plants or collect pebbles and seashells. Leave them for others to enjoy.
- Please don’t support performances or interaction with animals that are taken from the wild and are treated very cruelly.
- Buying locally made products, shopping in locally owned outlets and treating yourself to local food and drink are great ways to get into the holiday spirit and also benefit the local community.
- Always bargain with humour and bear in mind that a small cash saving to you could be a significant amount of money to the seller.
- Please don’t buy products made from endangered plants or wild animals, including hardwoods, corals, shells, starfish, ivory, fur, feathers, skins, horn, teeth, eggs, reptiles and turtles. If in doubt – please don’t buy.
AT YOUR ACCOMMODATION
- Turn down/off heating or air conditioning when not required. Switch off lights when leaving a room and turn the TV off rather than leaving it on standby.
- Try to use water sparingly. Take showers instead of baths and inform staff if you are happy to re-use towels and bed linen rather than having them replaced daily.