EcoKnights Partners with Institute Darul Ridzuan (IDR) and the Perak State Exco on Tourism and ICT at the Pangkor International Development Dialogue

Sept 5-7, 2016, Ipoh, Perak – EcoKnights, together with the Institute Darul Ridzuan (IDR) and the Perak State EXCO on Tourism and ICT, collaborated in this year’s Pangkor International Development Dialogue (PIDD) to host a satellite event called “Sustainable Tourism in Perak”.

Close to 80 PIDD participants attended this satellite where two speakers, Shane Dallas (Australia) and Adeline Khoo (Adeline’s Villa), and moderated by EcoKnights president, Yasmin Rasyid.

Shane Dallas is a Dubai based professional travel blogger and public speaker who has been blogging for more than a decade as “The Travel Camel”. He is very active on Social Media and is a founder of #TRLT (“The Road Less Travelled”) Twitter chat, one of the world's most popular and successful Twitter travel chats. Shane is a highly skilled public speaker with 25 years of experience in delivering presentations across five continents and is in demand as a speaker within the travel, Social Media and cruise ship communities.  

Meanwhile, the other speaker was Adeline Khoo, founder and owner of Adeline Villa in Gopeng. Started as a small enterprise, she converted a pristine area in to a resort where all her employees are from the local community including the indigenous community. Adeline exemplifies a home grown effort in tourism in the state of Perak and she serves as an inspiration to many locals on the approaches to tourism where inclusivity is exemplified.

The session lasted for close to three hours and took the format of a talk show where the moderator, Yasmin, interviews the speakers to engage them to share their perspectives and experiences, local and globally, in the tourism sector.

Many concerns on the integration of state government policies on tourism were raised, including concerns on tourist education on the state’s efforts in nature-based tourism, and also in the effective management of tourist spots in terms of waste management, environmental protection and participation of local communities.

The participants were really engaged on the topic and many of the participants were active in asking questions and seeking clarification on the issues discussed at the session.

EcoKnights would like to thank IDR and the Perak State Exco on Environment and ICT for this collaboration and look forward to future efforts to build knowledge and inspire Perakians to walk the talk in sustainability. 


12Pangkor’s history has a strategic place in the starting point of our country. The treaty that was signed between the British and Sultan of Perak. The treaty is significant in the Malay states history because it signalled the British official involvement in the Malay states’ policies. A treaty which was signed on Pangkor Island in 1874 ignited the fight for independence that eventually came in 1957.

Moving on, we must explore the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain. Pangkor Dialogue is the journey which explores the starting point of our future and the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. It is just a matter of time when Pangkor Dialogue will be held in Pangkor when the island is ready to host high level international delegates. Pangkor would one day become the focal meeting point where business and political leaders get together in a relaxed environment and comfortably open up for a better tomorrow.

The Pangkor Dialogue is an international knowledge exchange, which aims to inspire sustainable economic growth in the region in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. It is unique in the sense that it is one of the few dialogues in the world that is promoted by a State Government. Pangkor Dialogue is a platform where inside information is shared to find solutions for universal challenges faced by the region. These valuable insights provide a greater understanding of the issues at hand.

The outcome of the dialogue provides actionable and impactful recommendations for the benefits of all stakeholders. Pangkor Dialogue also has been proven to be a venue for forming fruitful collaborations between international stakeholders. It is a meeting place that brings all the stakeholders under one roof. Pangkor Dialogue is an event that gathers experts from various backgrounds that will benefit multiple stakeholders.


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