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Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute

Categories: Asia, Community, Management, Operations, People and Places, Southeast
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The Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I) is a partnership between two pioneering community-based tourism organizations, the Responsible Ecological Social Tours Project (REST) and the Thailand Research Fund Community Based Research Unit (TRF CBR). After working for more than ten years with Thai and ethnic minority communities to develop and market community based tourism programmes, they joined together to create CBT-I to share lessons learned and methodologies with other Thai communities.

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Soria Moria Boutique Hotel / Educational Development Programme – Cambodia

Categories: Asia, Community, Human Capital Development, People and Places, Southeast
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Soria Moria is a 38 bed hotel whose goal is to facilitate long-term economic development in the impoverished area of Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat. With tourism growing in the area, the hotel was established in 2007 to empower locals to develop successful long-term economic opportunities through building educational capacity and encouraging the development of socially responsible leaders.

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Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore

Categories: Asia, Infrastructure, Management, Planning, Private Sector, Residents, Return, Southeast, Visitors
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Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) manages Sentosa, a 470-hectare island connected to the city of Singapore by a bridge and a major tourism hub, welcoming over 19 million visitors in 2011. Since 1972, SDC has been tasked with the development, management and promotion of Sentosa Island, which includes an integrated resort (Resorts World Sentosa), 15 hotels, 24 attractions, 195 food, beverage, and retail outlets, and 4,800 residents. The SDC pursues sustainable development that prioritises continued growth while also creating a quality living environment for Singapore’s residents.

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Located on the island of Bintan, Indonesia, a one hour ferry ride from Singapore, LooLa Adventure Resort provides active educational holidays, primarily for Singaporean families and schoolchildren. Founded in 1999, it employs nearly one 100% of its local resort staff from Bintan, actively encouraging and supporting staff professional development, including English language, computer skills, and hospitality management training, with training linked to increases in responsibilities and wages.

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Ten Knots Development Corporation El Nido Resorts, Philippines

Categories: Asia, Fauna, Planet, Residents, Southeast
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The Ten Knots Development Corporation has been a driving force behind sustainable development in El Nido Municipality on Palawan Island, the Philippines, establishing five resorts across the El Nido Archipelago. The area became protected as a marine reserve in 1998, an initiative spearheaded by El Nido Resorts, including engaging the support of local stakeholders.

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Soneva

Categories: Asia, Climate, Management, Operations, Planet, Southeast, Waste, Water
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If you want the answers to the many sustainability challenges facing tourism, you might look to Soneva. Bottled water has been banned since 2008. Instead high quality filtered mineral water is produced and sold on site. All Soneva’s food waste is composted and reused to create soil in which it grows organic food to serve to their guests – 15,000kg of produce per year, worth $48,000. And in 2008 Soneva introduced a climate levy of 2% on room revenue, which has so far raised over US$5.5m to spend on carbon mitigation projects. Over the next 7 years these will save far more than Soneva’s total carbon footprint.

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic may be landlocked, but all doors are open for tourism. However, three quarters of population still works in subsistence agriculture, so education in tourism is fundamental. A need catered for by the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH). Set up in 2008, it has two arms: A diploma in Tourism for undergraduates and The Passport to Success for industry professionals. Supported by Luxembourg Development’s (LuxDev), which offers bursaries and funding, it is Laos’ biggest industry training program with over a thousand people studying customer services, food and beverage operations, management and communications. If only every Passport Control was as successful. LANITH makes it look easy.

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HICAP Sustainable Award Winners Announced

Categories: Asia, Case Study, Certification/Accreditation, Fauna, Flora, Management, Planet, Southeast
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HICAP Sustainable Award winners announced

Photo Credits: Green Hotelier

Burba Hotel Network, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), yesterday announced the winners for the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards.

The 23rd annual HICAP will be held 10-12 October 2012, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Winners of the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards are:

  • Sustainable Project DesignJetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka – Jetwing Vil Uyana embodies what can be accomplished in providing a luxurious resort guest experience in a truly environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.  Twenty-seven luxurious dwellings are integrated into a wetland reserve in an area of just 3 acres despite the property spanning 24 acres.  Two years prior to hotel construction were spent solely on the creation of the private nature reserve on neglected slash and burn agricultural land, which now comprises a wetland ecosystem with lakes, reed beds and forest.  Only indigenous plants were utilized and grown naturally, including butterfly and bird attracting flora to enhance species richness.  Paddy is grown using traditional harvesting methods.  Carefully monitoring of flora and fauna reveals a tremendous increase in both numbers and diversity.

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Sustainability at Alila Hotels & Resorts

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, Management, Operations, Private Sector, South, Southeast
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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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Banyan Tree Say Environment and Community Projects Are a ‘No Brainer’

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, Community, Cultural Heritage, Management, Operations, People and Places, Private Sector, Southeast
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Banyan Tree say Environment and Community Projects are a ‘no brainer’

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Banyan Tree’s first integrated resort in Central Vietnam is supporting and celebrating local culture with a range of projects.

Laguna Lang Co is Banyan Tree’s first integrated resort in Central Vietnam, and with a range of carefully researched community and environment projects rolling out over the next few years, the company is working hard to support and celebrate the local culture.

From an organic farm to a restaurant training and mentorship programme to supporting a local chocolate entrepreneur and a fishing village, Laguna Lang Co is keen to create good relationships with local people, and Banyan Tree Group Director CSR Operations David Campion says implementing these community initiatives, “is really a no-brainer.”

Campion says, “We work to support our local community for several reasons. Firstly, this is where our associates come from and we seek to provide job benefit beyond the scope of the contract, so kids grow up with an awareness of our brand values – hopefully assisting in the development of the next generation of associates. Secondly, this is the destination our guests come to see, and working to improve that destination increases the strength of our product and therefore its competitive advantage. And finally it creates good relationships and a positive working attitude with all local stakeholders and it increases the quality of life for those around us. We are in a position to enact this.”

Read more at Green Hotelier!

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