Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

The only way is up for Kirby and Co.

Posted by Kimberly on March 13, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 13, 2008 (475 words)

Dr Robert Kirby’s new initiative Upward Bound Unlimited (UBU) was officially launched yesterday afternoon during an introductory session at the head office in Nape.
With partner, New Zealander Ron Stier on board, the group is setting out to entice Macau residents to venture outdoors.
“We are targeting three markets,” said Dr Kirby, which were the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) market, local companies, both small and medium sized and the “future leaders” as he called them.
Of the first group, he explained, “in 2007, just 1 percent of those 27 million visitors entering Macau came for MICE events and that is a huge potential,” who tend to request full or half day sessions of team building.
Of the second group, Dr Kirby said he wanted to help them with “RRD: Recruitment, retention and development.”
finally, those “future leaders,” refers to juniors, who he wanted to nurture as part of their outdoor challenge program.
In his speech, Dr Kirby thanked the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) for their support in incorporating UBU into Macau, while Mr Stier pointed out that he saw the need for such a program in Macau four years ago.
“We’re trying to bring a balance to Macau. I don’t see a lot of the outdoors here,” said Mr Stier.
UBU is divided into five levels depending on what the objectives are. For example, level one is for teams and groups that simple want to have fun, while on the other hand, level five are for those wanting to participate in adventure tourism, within escorted trip to New Zealand or Tibet among other destinations.
Of course, it’s the levels in between such as level two and three, that help with trust building and conflict resolution, which make UBU so worthwhile to employers and businesses.
Some of the activities that the group focus on are mountain biking, kayaking, go-cart racing, mast climb at Macau Tower or hiking. More activities can be seen on the group’s website, at www.upwardbound-unlimited.com.
For full day events, UBU suggests a maximum of seven activities, while their half day events incorporate a maximum of four.
Group sizes of any capacity, between 10 and up to 1,000 can be catered for and while outdoors facilities are preferred, UBU can also facilitate the activities indoors.
The programs are provided in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
UBU currently have an area within Henquin Island that is used for mountain biking, rock climbing and with hiking trails, although a visa for China will be requird.
Meanwhile, Coloane will be used for mountain biking and kayaking, although the former will be more on-road than off-road cycling.
UBU will be hosting three introductory sessions on March 17, 18 and 19, respectively, between 10:00 am and 12.30 pm at Coloane. More information can be obtained by going to the website or phoning +853 2884 0975.

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