What do tourists say to you about their visit?
People take away with them our happiness, our friendliness – that’s what they need when they are outside their own country. They value kindness and I think that when you are attended to well, you feel like you’re part of the family. I treat my guests how I’d like to be treated in a foreign country. Many people who have returned say to me, ‘You’re still here!’ In turn, I take away from visitors the generosity to teach us their language and the confidence that they give us that we really can learn it.
How has this project changed the surrounding natural environment?
A decade ago this was a forest destruction and logging zone, and when we received the BBC team for the documentary that they made, they told us that they never imagined that there would be something so spectacular in our country, even though they had travelled to lots of places around the world. This country has so much to show off in its nature, that’s what they told us.