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EXPERIENCE BORNEO LIKE NEVER BEFORE!

The Borneo Expedition is a 4WD adventure travel series to explore popular and remote destinations within the island of Borneo and beyond. Each expedition will unveil the exhilaration of discovering new destinations with breath-taking geological, ecological, cultural and historical features to awaken the spirit of travel and adventure in you.

This project plans to make a total of 10 expeditions over a period of 5 years within the BIMP EAGA Region to discover overland routes circumventing the island of Borneo covering Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Brunei and Kalimantan and also using ferry to cross to Palawan Island of the Philippines, Sulawesi, Java and Bali Island of Indonesia.

The Borneo Expedition may cover Grade 5 extreme hardcore off-road activities but do not rule out the occasional Grade 3 mud crossings or Grade 4 winching and river crossings which are the core of 4WD driving fun! Routes are developed not to destroy your vehicles or the environment but rather to enable you to really enjoy driving within a safety margin for the participants.  Participants will be treated with breathtaking views of Borneo’s geological, ecological, historical landscapes and cultures has to offer to the world!

The target market is to promote overland vehicles from around the world to join the expedition where the organizer will provide ground logistics for arrivals and departures. Participants without vehicles will also be able to join on a triple sharing, double sharing or single basis per vehicle.

THE BIMP-EAGA ECONOMIC REGION

Improving connectivity is one of the major goals of BIMP-EAGA and in 2007, the sub region moved closer to achieving this goal. The member countries signed three landmark transport agreements including the “open skies” agreement that granted fifth freedom traffic rights to major international airports, facilitating the cross-border movement of buses and coaches, and strengthening sea transport linkages. These agreements are important steps to establishing a sub regional multi-modal transport network to support the freer movement of people and goods across borders thereby increasing trade and tourism within the sub region. Complementing the transport initiatives is the ongoing effort to strengthen cooperation in trade facilitation by streamlining and simplifying customs, immigration, quarantine and security procedures at BIMP-EAGA ports and border crossings. These transport and trade facilitation measures are vital steps in the overall effort to integrate BIMP-EAGA’s infrastructure into dynamic economic corridors in BIMP-EAGA.

Tourism is also priority sector in the BIMP-EAGA Roadmap to Development considering that the sub region hosts some of the greatest marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the world and abundant natural and cultural assets. It has always been a central theme in the sub region’s development strategy on account of its potential to contribute to alleviating poverty and narrowing the development divide in the sub region. Despite significant increases in tourist arrivals in the sub region, the sector continues to face major constraints, which include, among others, underdeveloped and inadequate basic infrastructure, facilities, and services necessary to attract greater numbers of visitors. For ecotourism in particular, other constraints include limited private sector investment in ecotourism-related tour products and services, and a lack of knowledge and skills at the local level to exploit livelihood opportunities linked to the ecotourism sector.

The BIMP-EAGA aims to increase its collective tourism arrivals by promoting the sub-region as a single tourism destination. The goal is to usher an era of world cooperation where the stakeholders of these four countries will work with its indigenous communities so they can play a more active role in conserving the wealth of their biodiversity while improving their livelihood through community-based ecotourism related activities through a growing trend in responsible tourism.