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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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Red Centre’s Green Hotel

Categories: Accommodations, Case Study, Management, Oceania, Operations, Pacific, Private Sector
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Red Centre’s Green Hotel

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Uluru, (Ayers Rock), the world’s largest monolith, sits in the desert outback in the geographical heart of Australia. Helena Faith Miel, Environmental Consultant comments

It attracts visitors from all over the world wishing to experience the stark beauty of the desert and the 20,000-year old Aboriginal culture. Tourist accommodation for the area is provided by Ayers Rock Resort, which comprises of hotels, apartments, a lodge, camping grounds, a shopping centre and conference facilities.

Managed by Voyages Hotels and Resorts, Ayers Rock Resort was purpose-built in 1984 to blend in with the desert environment and to protect the area’s fragile eco-system.

The company signed on to the Australia Greenhouse Challenge programme and agreed to reduce its energy consumption, even though the resort has been expanding. In 2001, CO2, emissions were reduced by 13.2% through improved energy efficiency and conservation practices.

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Hotels and Resorts in Mountain Areas

Categories: Accommodations, Case Study, Fauna, Flora, Land, Planet, Private Sector
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Hotels and Resorts in Mountain Areas

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The year 2002 has been designated International Year of Mountains. As the number of people wanting to visit remote locations grows, whether for sport or simply to appreciate nature, preservation of the environment and the ways of the people who live there should be our primary concern

Because of their inaccessibility, mountain areas often support fragile ecosystems and flora and fauna that cannot be found elsewhere in the world. Opening up wilderness areas for trekking or skiing can endanger sensitive wildlife habitats and threaten to overwhelm remote village communities with imported cultures. Below we list some of the many issues to be taken into account if mountain tourism is to be sustainable.

Design and Development

  • Before commencing any plans for hotel or resort development, ensure that members of the local community are fully involved and consulted. Villagers should be allowed to decide if and how they wish to participate in the tourism business. Consultation should be maintained throughout the planning and development process.
  • Ensure that a full environmental impact assessment (EIS) is carried out.
  • Buildings should be designed to blend into the natural contours and colours of the landscape and built in the local, traditional style.
  • Materials should be natural, and, if possible, sourced locally (e.g. local quarries).
  • As far as possible, make sure that local stone masons, carpenters and labourers are employed.
  • Consider how the development can be used to help the community, through improvements to roads or water provision. Make meeting rooms available for community events or clinics. Provide recycling facilities for local people as well as for the hotel’s waste.
  • When fitting out the hotel, find out what the local craftspeople and businesses can produce – such as textiles, furniture, lamps, pottery, art and sculpture. This will not only benefit their economy but give a more welcoming local ‘ambiance’ for guests.
  • Where goods cannot be produced locally, rather than importing from abroad, see what is available through the local market or bazaar.

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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

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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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LEED Platinum: ITC Grand Chola

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, Climate, Management, Operations, Private Sector, South, Waste, Water
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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

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, Certification/Accreditation, Energy, Management, Operations, Planet, Private Sector, South, Waste, Water
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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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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.”

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Ibis Making Plans in Green Ink with Eco-Pen

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, Innovation, Management, Operations, Private Sector, Return, Southeast
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Ibis making plans in green ink with Eco-Pen

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After they became the first hotel in Singapore to implement PLANET 21, the ibis Singapore on Bencoolen began looking for creative ways to lower their impact on the environment.

PLANET 21 is the sustainable development programme of global hotel operator Accor. With PLANET 21, the hotel – along with more than 3,500 Accor hotels worldwide – has made a commitment to operate more responsibly, with 21 core goals, such as a 15% reduction in water consumption, a 10% increase in energy efficiency and a total ban on endangered fish species – like shark – by 2015.

The team at ibis Bencoolen took up the challenge and set out to find locally-relevant approaches to meet these objectives. Months of brainstorming culminated in several innovative ideas that will be implemented in stages, but Eco-Pen is the first to see the light of day.

Sparked by the idea that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, the hotel has launched a unique initiative that will reduce its consumption of plastic, raise awareness about recycling and improve the standard of living for a low-income community. The Eco-Pen is made from recycled newspaper and will replace the traditional pens used in the hotel.

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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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