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Experience Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy

Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy is a program that offers meaningful travel, allowing you the opportunity to create a positive impact as you explore and build deeper connections in local communities when you stay in our hotels.

With over 100 curated experiences, the program focuses on three pillars – Environmental Protection, Community Engagement, and Marine Conservation.

Discover how you can contribute meaningfully to Community Engagement with us at Miri Marriott Resort & Spa.

Hornbill Walk: Why It Matters

Hornbills Are Becoming Endangered

Sarawak hosts a diverse population of tropical plant species and animals and is home to eight out of the world’s 54 species of hornbills.

Sarawak’s rainforests are primarily threatened by the logging industry and palm oil plantations, which endanger the precious ecosystem in the Malaysian state of Borneo. The hornbills in Sarawak are critically endangered and for years, hornbills in Sarawak have also faced the increasing risk of local poaching and wildlife traffickers, driving the flamboyant giant birds closer to extinction.

Hornbill Walk: The Experience

Join an Urban Forest Tour at Piasau Nature Reserve

Guests will join a tour at Piasau Nature Reserve to discover the biodiversity of Sarawak’s wildlife and get the opportunity to see the oriental pied hornbills under the guidance of a park ranger.

  • Guided Nature Walk – Join a local park ranger to discover the diverse park birdlife.
  • Hornbill Observation – Receive professional guidance on hornbill observation and get the opportunity to see the iconic hornbills in the reserve or their nesting area, including the oriental pied hornbill family of four: Jimmy and Juliet, the breeding pair, together with their young fledges, Cecelia and Musa.
  • Conservation Education – Visit a learning center about the hornbill conservation program, such as feeding and breeding requirements and nest sites for the birds.
  • Tree Planting – Participate in a tree planting activity with the park rangers. Various native plant species will be planted at Piasau Nature Reserve to provide sufficient food sources and an environment conducive to breeding for the wildlife residing within the nature reserves.

Hornbill Walk: The Impact

Preserve and Protect Sarawak’s Bird

The educational program makes a lasting impact by creating a suitable breeding ground for Sarawak’s wildlife and promotes the importance of local biodiversity conservation and restoration.

Urban forests like Piasau Nature Reserve act as reservoirs for endangered species in the highly populated and urbanized Miri City. Aside from bird watching, the reserve provides people in and around Miri city an opportunity to access nature and experience the relationship between forests, cities and wildlife. Guests will also contribute to maintaining the urban forest as a sustainable eco-system for local wildlife to flourish for generations to come.