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TripAdvisor GreenLeaders

Categories: Accommodations, Certification/Accreditation, Management, Planet, Private Sector, Visitors
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Despite only launching in 2013, TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders sustainable hotel program has already become the largest such scheme in the world. Such scale and a business model based on big data have enabled it to present some pretty attractive statistics in favour of greening accommodation. Research conducted by Harvard and Cornell universities found that offering sustainable food options drove on average a +0.4 point increase in a hotel’s five point TripAdvisor rating. Furthermore, properties score on average 20% higher in their TripAdvisor rating than non-GreenLeaders hotels. With nearly 8,000 properties already signed up in 21 countries, GreenLeaders may soon be one of the biggest drivers for sustainable tourism hitting the mainstream.

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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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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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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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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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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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Radisson Blu Cebu Has Most Sustainable Operations

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Radisson Blu Cebu has most sustainable operations

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The International Tourism Partnership’s Stephen Farrant was happy to name the Radisson Blu Cebu as winner at the HICAP 2014 Sustainable Hotel Awards in the Sustainable Operations category this month.

The 25th annual HICAP hosted by Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events on 17th October saw the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu in the Philippines win in the category of Sustainable Operations.

Through active programmes and consistent monitoring of environmental performance via its participation with the EarthCheck Certification Program, the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu was recognised for achieving significant reductions in total waste, emissions and consumption.

They also achieved per-guest-night metrics ratings consistently and materially exceeding baseline and/or best practice benchmarks.

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Entries Welcomed for Sustainable Hotel Awards

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Burba Hotel Network (BHN), HorwathHTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organisers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce that entries for the HICAP 2014 Sustainable Hotel Awards are now being accepted.

The deadline for Awards submissions is 31July 2014.

The 25th annual HICAP will be held 15-17 October 2014, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

HICAP, Asia Pacific’s longest running unequalled gathering place for the hotel investment community, hopes to bring awareness of the importance of sustainable, environmentally-conscious best practices with the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards.

The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 with the aim of recognising hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and environmentally and culturally responsible development.

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The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake underlined their commitment to young people and the local community with the launch of their Youth Career Initiative (YCI) programme.

The hotel is one of three official participating hotels in Vietnam to run the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program in 2013.

Speaking at the launch General Manager, Mr. Adam McDonald said InterContinental were ‘delighted’ to be involved with the programme. He said, “We are very supportive of programmes that develop local talent. InterContinental prides itself on being part of its local community as does IHG, with our “IHG Academy” which is a worldwide initiative to grow local talent.”

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Nikoi: Sustainable Private Island Luxury

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Nikoi Sustainable private island luxury

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Nikoi is a private island resort just 3.5 hours from Singapore but a world away; in one of Indonesia’s many nature-abundant enclaves of rainforest, tropical beaches and coral reefs.

The resort was recently shortlisted for the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and having been there, we’re not surprised. This is one of those places that manages to put nature and the environment high on the agenda without shouting about it. When staying at Nikoi, luxury and eco seem to go effortlessly hand in hand – so much of the Nikoi experience is about being part of its unspoilt natural environment – but we know that behind the scenes, there’s a serious commitment.  We spoke to Founder and Director Andrew Dixon about how green they really are.

When did you get started on green initiatives?

It started when we first bought the island. The whole design of the resort was about minimising the impact on the environment and engaging and working with the local community. Our design relies on natural ventilation something we believe is unique at our price point. Driftwood and alang alang grass were the primary building materials and very little concrete, glass, varnish, paint or other man made products were used in the build. The electrical loads in a standard room are less than 150W.

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