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By taking tourists to visit Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, Reality Tours & Travel breaks down negative stereotypes and shows visitors how the area is the heart of small-scale industries like embroidery and leather tanning in Mumbai. 80% of the company’s profits go to development projects through its sister NGO, Reality Gives, which range from computer classes to a girls football program, and I Was a Sari, a women’s empowerment scheme that turns old saris into designer products. In the seven years since it started Reality Tours & Travel has spent US$134,000 on such projects, and recently expanded to working in New Delhi with the Sanjay Colony slum as well.

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Jetwing Vil Uyana

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Fauna, Flora, Land, Management, Planet, Planning, Private Sector, South
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The garden is usually the last piece of the jigsaw when building a new hotel. However, Jetwing Vil Uyana set out to regenerate its landscapes first. Depleted by slash and burn agriculture, they recreated three hectares of wetland, half a hectare for paddy and two hectares of native forest. And then came the ecolodges – on stilts over lake and marshland with access via boardwalks. Guests came in their droves: 80 species of birds, 17 of mammals, 36 of butterflies and 21 of amphibians, the VIP being the endangered Grey Slender Loris. With a Green Directory to monitor the hotel’s environmental performance , resident naturalist and on-going education programme, the jigsaw is nigh on complete. Except that it’s designed to just keep growing.

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The Revival Hotel Baroda

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Situated in Baroda, Gujarat, The Revival Hotel won the Small Hotels Category in the 2001 Federation of Hotels and Restaurants of India (FHRAI) environmental awards

The hotel’s Eco-Aware Green Team (EAGT) consists of the Director, General Manager, Front Office Manager, Food & Beverage Manager, Executive Housekeeper, Security Officer and the Chief Engineer.

Together, they ensure that all staff are aware of the environment policy during induction through a multi-media CD. Eco-signs on energy conservation measures are displayed at staff entry points and the appraisal system has marks on eco-friendly measures. The EAGT is monitored by an external energy audit agency.

Guests are requested to use their linen more than once and to participate in the green movement during the Green Environment Fortnight, during which hotel staff conduct a ‘Green March’ around the city carrying banners about environmental protection.

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LEED Platinum: ITC Grand Chola

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LEED Platinum ITC Grand Chola

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In September ITC Hotels opened Grand Chola in Chennai, creating the world’s largest LEED Platinum rated hotel. Last week we spoke to the Vice President and General Manager, Mr Philippe Charraudeau to get more information about the hotel’s eco initiatives.

‘ITC Hotels’ green initiatives started life as “Welcomenviron” way back in 1993. Now all of ITC’s Luxury hotels are LEED Platinum rated, making it one of the greenest luxury hotel chains in the world and a true pioneer of the movement in India.’ Mr Charraudeau explains, ‘ITC Grand Chola’s parent company ITC Limited strongly pursues all aspects of environmental protection. The company has triple bottom lines (Economic, Environmental and Societal). ITC Hotels is a division of ITC Limited and hence all policies flow through its actions. ITC Limited is one of the very few corporates in India who voluntarily bring out their Sustainability Reports every year in total accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The commitment to sustainability and years of efforts have resulted in the company being the only one of its size to be Carbon Positive, Water Positive and Waste Recycling Positive.’

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Sri Lanka Green Hotel Initiative Makes National Impact

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Sri Lanka green hotel initiative makes national impact

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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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Sustainability at Alila Hotels & Resorts

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Sustainability at Alila Hotels & Resorts

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Last month we spoke with Mark Edleson, President of Alila Hotels & Resorts to find out how and why sustainability is on the group’s agenda

With all properties approved by EarthCheck standards and a carbon-neutral headquarters, Alila Hotels & Resorts have plenty to discuss  when it comes to sustainable initiatives. Whilst there is still progress to be made when it comes to energy consumption one of the key successes of Alila Hotels has been embedding sustainable and responsible practices in an enriched guest experience.

Tell us a bit about the roots of Alila Hotels and your involvement in the company?

Alila Hotels & Resorts was founded just over ten years ago with our first hotel in Jakarta. Alila currently manages eight properties under the Alila Villas and Alila brands in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangalore and Goa, India.

The concept of Alila grew out of the experience of mine, and my Indonesian partners, developing properties with Amanresorts and partnering with GHM for hotel management in Indonesia.  Having worked with some of the most creative and innovative players in Asian hospitality we developed the core design and operating values of Alila with the intention of providing a more contemporary window on Asian culture and design.

Additionally, it has always been Alila’s long-held vision that commerce, conservation and community can and should be integrated; that our hotels and resorts would have a sense of place that provided opportunities for our guests to interact with the people, cultures and natural beauty of the destination and that we would be responsible members of our host communities.

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The Fern Reaches New Milestone in Green Loyalty Card Programme

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts in India recently honoured the 1000th member of its new guest reward programme.

Mr. Young Wee Lee, a senior manager with Air Products Asia, Singapore is a frequent guest of The Fern’s 5-star Mumbai hotel, Meluha The Fern and enrolled with the Green Cover reward programme recently.

The Fern’s Green Cover reward programme is our latest offering that combines excellent reward returns with our trademark environment initiatives. The response is fantastic and has opened a new window of co-operation between our guests and us. Green Cover is an insurance for a greener tomorrow,” said Mr. Alan D’Mello, Brand Director, The Fern Hotels & Resorts.

Green Cover is a product of The Fern brand’s conversations with its guests. In a guest survey, an overwhelming majority appreciated the green initiatives The Fern brand has dedicated itself to and 73% indicated they would like to do more to help the environment if they had more time or better opportunity.

With Green Cover, The Fern – known for its pioneering leadership in carbon reduction in its hotels – has created a new category of ‘green’ loyalty programmes. Each Green Cover member receives a tree in his honour and for the first time, will be able to donate some of their points towards ‘green’ initiatives in support of NGOs such as Grow-Trees.com, WWF, Sanctuary Asia and the BNHS.

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25 Years of Sustainability in India with ITC Hotels

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25 Years of Sustainability in India with ITC Hotels

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ITC Hotels in India have been practicing sustainability since 1988. Green Hotelier caught up with Niranjan Khatri, General Manager WelcomEnviron Initiatives, ITC Hotels to discover more about their long history of green initiatives.

ITC Hotels in India is a bit of a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. What has influenced this? How has it come about?

ITC hotels took its first step towards becoming a green hotel chain in 1988, a long time before it became ‘popular’ for hotels to promote their eco credentials.

What is the business case for hotel chains to embrace sustainability?

Almost all industries in today’s world consider and implement the use of natural resource in their on-going daily operations. It’s no longer an option, it’s a must. Resources are not endless and we live in an over populated world. We must act now to secure a future for the next generation. ITC Hotels takes this very seriously, water consumption has been reduced by 60%,energy consumption by approximately 20% and five of ITC’s hotels have decarbonised their operations by using wind energy. In addition, ITC Hotels are the first chain to be certified platinum rated by US Green Building Council, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

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LUX* Resorts Adopt HCMI

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LUX Resorts Adopt HCMI

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LUX Resorts has adopted the International Tourism Partnership’s Hotel Carbon Management Initiative (HCMI) protocol as an integral part of their Carbon Measurement and Mitigation strategy.

For LUX Resorts – a collection of premium resorts on islands across the Indian Ocean – sustainability is top of their agenda. A comprehensive environmental policy governs their green commitment.  In addition to setting attainable targets for water and energy conservation, emissions reduction and resource efficiency, they also include provisions for monitoring and controlling their impact on surrounding ecosystems.

To successfully execute on this strategy, LUX understands they have to balance their sustainability goals with the expectations of their guests – actively engaging them in all their efforts.

“We care about our guests and always strive to create an exceptional guest experience”, says Vishnee Sowamber Payen, leader of sustainability initiatives at LUX, “but we also care about the environment and sustainability of the islands and communities in which we operate; sourcing local organic produce and cutting unnecessary excesses wherever possible.”

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ITP welcomes new member The Soneva Group

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At their Governing Council meeting in Berlin on 5th March 2014, the International Tourism Partnership was pleased to welcome its newest member – The Soneva Group.

Based in the Maldives and Thailand, Soneva began life in 1995 when Eva and Sonu Shivdasani built Soneva Fushi – as well as their home – on the deserted island of Kunfunadhoo, later to be followed by Soneva Kiri on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh Kood in 2009.

Whilst the beautiful and carefully planned resorts are the epitome of exotic luxury, Sonu and Eva are passionate about their environmental commitments and subscribe to what they call their SLOW LIFE philosophy.

SLOW LIFE stands for Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences. Eva and Sonu say, “We take our environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. Whether it’s developing resorts using sustainable materials, recycling waste materials, conserving water or preserving ecosystems, we are always prepared to take the initiative.”

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