YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of one of Malaysia’s most dynamic conglomerates, YTL Corporation Berhad. Gaya Island Resort (GIR), one of the luxury resorts under YTL Hotels has improved its operating results this year and continues to be one of the leading luxury resorts in Sabah. It has successfully attained its objective to be recognised for its role in the protection of natural areas and wildlife conservation, especially so given its unique location in the heart of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
To attend to the care of the surrounding environment, GIR established its own Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre (GIRMC) in 2013 which is committed to long-term, hands-on conservation and rehabilitation programmes. The GIRMC advocates three conservation pillars – Turtle Rescue Rehabilitation and Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation through Education. The Marine Centre’s programmes were conceptualized and are being implemented by Scott Mayback, the resort’s Resident Marine Biologist.
The Marine Centre rescues, rehabilitates and releases sea turtles that they receive from the Sabah Wildlife Department, third parties and other conservation agencies. Injured or sick sea turtles will be provided with a safe environment in which to recover and where they will be treated with the assistance of the Marine Research Foundation.
Another important conservation activity within GIR is the protection of the mangroves which surround Gaya Island, resulting in the mangrove reforestation project which was initiated in September 2014 to further enrich the local habitat.