With just over a year to go, the three-year, EU-funded Greening Sri Lanka Hotels (GSLH) programme has established itself as the ‘main platform for tourism sustainability in Sri Lanka’, according to project director Srilal Miththapala.
In addition to its original aim of supporting hotels to reduce waste, water use and energy consumption (more than 280 businesses have signed up to date), the programme team has been formally tasked with a number of additional actions that will help shape policy for the Sri Lankan hotel industry. Namely, producing a national ‘Green Accreditation Scheme’ for hotels, preparing a good practice hints and guidelines booklet for sustainable buildings on behalf of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Agency, and providing the Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance with inputs on sustainability for consideration during the next national budget.
Speaking at a keynote address in Colombo to celebrate World Tourism Day in September, Mr Miththapala told delegates the programme is on target to have 350 hotels signed up to its sustainability plan by the end of 2013 and invited hotels not currently registered to get involved and start reaping the benefits of sustainability.
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