The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) recently honored the country’s top ten resorts and hotels which received the prestigious Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Green Hotel Award at the previously held ASEAN Tourism Fair in Brunei Darussalam.
ASEAN Green Hotels are recognized for their initiatives on worldwide environment and energy conservation.
“With the increasingly alarming environmental changes, we commend these tourism establishments for their outstanding efforts to create earth-friendly practices in their daily operations. We are proud that our country is among those that strongly advocate ecotourism,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism.
Based on the ASEAN standards for Green Hotel, the ten (10) hotel and resort properties in the Philippines chosen to receive the ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Awards were:
1. Sofitel Philippine Plaza
2. Edsa Shangri-La Manila
3. Makati Shangri-La Manila
4. Lagen Island Resort
5. Miniloc Island Resort
6. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa
7. Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa
8. Nature’s Village Resort
9. Eden Nature Park & Resort
10. Marco Polo Davao
In the previous year, El Nido Resorts (Lagen & Miniloc), Shangri- la’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Shangri-La Edsa and Makati Shangri-la received the recognition.
“Our recipients have doubled this year, proving the commitment of stakeholders to uphold responsible travel,” said Undersecretary Eduardo Jarque, Jr., Tourism Planning and Promotions.
The DOT nominates tourism establishments based on the following standards set by the ASEAN awarding body:
1. Environmental policy and actions for hotel operation
2. Use of Green Products
3. Collaboration with the community and local organizations
4. Human resource development
5. Solid waste management
6. Energy efficiency
7. Water efficiency
8. Air quality management (indoor and outdoor)
9. Noise pollution control
10. Wastewater treatment and management
11. Toxic and chemical substance disposal
According to Attorney Ma. Victoria Jasmin, DOT Director of Office of Tourism Standards, “The Green Hotel Standard is essential in helping ASEAN to be a unique quality single destination that is eco-friendly and profitable.”
The DOT is strongly pushing for sustainable, community-based and responsible travel in line with the ASEAN’s agenda to address the critical issue of global warming which directly affects tourist destinations.
A total of 81 tourism establishments in ten ASEAN countries picked up this year’s ASEAN Green Hotel distinction.