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.
Over the three decades, he has been a hotelier, tour operator, lodge and backpacker owner and operator, photographer, author, publisher, conference organizer, ecotourism consultant, speaker, lecturer and social entrepreneur.
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 SKAL International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award for Tour Operator at the 73rd SKAL International Congress in Korea.
Albert Teo has organized four highly successful international ecotourism conferences in Malaysia including World Ecotourism Conference and Field Seminars 1999, Asia Pacific Ecotourism Conference APeco2002, Borneo Ecotourism Conference BEC2005. He co-convened the Borneo Tourism Conference BTC2007 in Kuching with Professor Ross Dowling of Edith Cowan University, Australia in September 2007. He is presently organizing his second and the 8th Asian Pacific Ecotourism Conference APeco 16-18th October 2014 in Kota Kinabalu.
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, 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.
In October 2006, Albert was appointed Adjunct Lecturer by Edith Cowan University, Australia for his contribution to the ecotourism industry. In 2012, Albert was conferred a Fellow of Edith Cowan University for his work with the university as well as his philanthropy, community and social work.
Updated 1st July 2014
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