Wakatobi Resorts was setup with a mission to establish a win-win situation
for the reefs, the resort, and the local community through sound eco-tourism
conforming to sustainable tourism principles:
Inform both the visitor and the local communities
Travelers learn about the destination and how to help sustain the character while deepening
their own travel experiences. Locals learn that the ordinary and familiar may
be of interest and value to outsiders.
Support integrity of place
Discerning travelers seek out businesses that emphasize the character of the locale
in terms of heritage, ecology, environment, architecture and aesthetics. Tourism revenues
in turn raise local perceived value of those assets.
Benefit the local communities
Travel businesses do their best to employ and train local people, buy local supplies
and use local services.
Environmentally aware travelers favor businesses that minimize pollution,
waste, energy consumption, water usage and unnecessary night-time lighting.
Respect local culture and tradition
Foreign visitors learn about and observe local etiquette, including using a few
words in the local language. Residents learn how to deal with foreign expectations
that may differ from their own.
Do not abuse the product.
Stakeholders anticipate development pressures and apply limits and management techniques to
promote sustainability. Businesses cooperate to protect natural habitats, heritage sites,
scenic appeal and local culture.
Provide great trips
Satisfied, excited visitors bring new knowledge home and send friends off to share their
experience--which provides continuing benefits for the destination.
Tangible benefits to the Wakatobi community
A revolutionary reef lease project is already established with over 20km
fully protected. This generates immediate economic benefits to the local community
and increases their understanding of the long-term value of these fantastic reefs.