Topic: Case Study of Eco-friendly Hospitality Properties
Date: 24th March
Time: 2:00 PM
Conference Hall: C
About Douglas Maclagan:
Douglas Maclagan, half British and half Dutch, is a qualified English Teacher and youth counselor who worked in both countries as an educationalist and moved to Nepal in 1994 to learn more about international development and in particular in the child development sector. In 1995, he started a local charity ‐ Child Welfare Scheme Nepal (CWSN) ‐ which supported two small communities and provided services for approximately 200 young children to reduce child mortality.
Under Douglas’ leadership, CWSN, supported by two charities Douglas founded in London (CWS UK) in 1997 and Hong Kong (CWS HK) in 2003, annually supported over 40,000 of the most vulnerable children, young people, and mothers in Nepal. Later, Douglas implemented more than 30 projects with CWSN and other local Nepalese charities to reach over 200,000 people each year becoming one of the most successful children’s charities in Nepal.
During the period between 1995‐2013, Douglas believed that raising funds abroad was needed (he raised over US$4 million) but it was also essential to have local income in Nepal to financially sustain charities and the projects they implement to provide life saving and changing opportunities. To facilitate this, he set up a small travelers lodge named Nature’s Grace Lodge in 1996. This lodge was so successful that he expanded his business by taking on a larger lodge in 1999 (i.e. Butterfly Lodge). 100% of net‐profits from Butterfly Lodge supported his charitable causes. Sustainability was always on his mind so, when he moved to a rural typical Nepalese farming village, he and his wife set up the Fursekhola Organic farm and later The Himalayan Home-Stays farm guest house. These two ventures support local farmers and a medical Primary Health Clinic serving 4 nearby villages.
Douglas has now set up Right4Children, a unique local grass‐roots non‐profit organization based on sustainable giving and delivery of sustainable development projects. He recently opened hospitality vocational training centre for deprived young people on Nov 1st 2017 which is joining the latest collection of social projects being implemented. In his efforts to ensure that his social work continues in a sustainable way with a clear succession plan, he set up a purposely created pure eco resort, unique to Nepal and probably the world, The Pavilions Himalayas.
Recently, The Pavilions Himalayas has received numerous awards & recognition for its unique sustainable operational methodologies. To name a few: Green Pearls, AHDA 2016, Green Apple Award Winner 2016, CNN top 5 sustainable hotels 2016, PURE, Marrakech World Award 2017.
DOUGLAS’ AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
• Gusi Peace Prize The Philippines
• Letter of Appreciation from the Government of Nepal (Social Welfare Council)
• The Unsung Heroes AWARD – Celebrity Guild Great Britain
• The World of Children Award (Health)
• Letter of Appreciation from the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative)