Europe’s Leading Hotel Group Linked to Forest Destruction in Borneo

Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund has set up an online petition urging netizens to join in the campaign to stop the construction of the 4.5-star Novotel Interhill hotel in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on Borneo Island.

In a statement, the Fund urged ACCOR, Europe’s leading hotel group, to withdraw from the project as its Malaysian tropical timber company partner, Interhill, is responsible for the destruction forest in Sarawak.

“Interhill has been logging Sarawak’s tropical rainforest since the end of the 1980s and bears decisive responsibility for the ongoing destruction of the very basis of the Penan’s existence”, said Lukas Straumann, Director of the Bruno Manser Fund.

“We are shocked by ACCOR’s cooperation with Interhill, since it is completely at odds with ACCOR’s ecological and social standards.”

The 388-room and 23-storey hotel is currently under construction.

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