George has always believed that the secret to a healthier, happier and longer life lies in being part of a cohesive and supportive community. It is this fundamental principle that drives his passion to create spaces that offer both local and global travellers an opportunity to interact with the local community and empower them to conserve through collaboration.
Hospitality has always been a medium for him to reach out to communities across the world in order to bridge a vital gap of understanding that helps individuals appreciate what every culture has to offer and the experiences that enrich their lives.
Using hospitality as a platform for sharing ideas, hopes and aspirations offers people an opportunity to apply a more sustainable method to not only conserve what remains of the local flora and fauna but also culture, traditions and heritage.
Through such active collaborations he believes the true message of conservation can be expressed in a fun and exciting way.
In 2014 Xandari Harbour opened, followed by Xandari Pearl in 2015. Also in 2015 the houseboat operations owned by MLHS since 2004 was rechristened Xandari Riverscapes. In 2016 development started on the conservation masterpiece, Xandari Reserve, set on 2,000 acres.
Each Xandari property is led by a Community Manager. The Community Managers recruit staff as much as possible from the communities surrounding each Xandari property, provide training and ongoing human development. The first Xandari in Costa Rica provides the model of community enterprise, where most staff walk from their nearby home to work. They know the place and share all that is good about that place with travellers. They also exchange best practices with the Xandarians at other Xandari resorts, working in collaboration for the common good. Each resort has a mission related to conservation, and only through collaboration within and across resorts, is that mission achieved.