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ITP welcomes new member The Soneva Group

ITP welcomes new member The Soneva Group

Soneva Kiri – making use of natural ventilation 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…

Sustainability challenges in Southeast Asia

…arges guests an environmental levy that is invested through the SLOW LIFE Foundation into projects that compensate for these emissions. Projects the SLOW LIFE Foundation has been able to implement as a result of funding from Soneva resorts include the Soneva Forest Restoration project and the Myanmar Stoves Campaign. Since 2011, the Soneva Forest Restoration Project has planted 511,920 trees of 90 different local species in Northern Thailand,…

Soneva releases their 2011-2012 Sustainability Report

…nability Report under the new brand name. Based on the Global Reporting Initiative G3 Sustainable Reporting Guidelines, the report for 2011-2012 documents the progress of the new brand, which now consists of two properties – Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Although it has been a year of change for the company, the brand remains focused on its core purpose ‘to create innovative and enlightening SLOW LIFE’, which stands…

Soneva Fushi recycles 81% of solid waste

…ycle over 81% of its solid waste. How does the luxury resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean do this in a country with almost no municipal waste facilities? We spoke to Arnfinn Oines, Social and Environmental Conscience at Soneva Resorts, Residences and Spas, to find out… Composting Soneva Fushi developed a state of the art waste management facility, Eco Centro, at the property with the recycling mantra Waste-to-Wealth. For the team working…

Soneva ‘talking trash’ for BookGreener webinar

…ty. Arnfinn oversees the responsible business practices at International Tourism Partnership member Soneva resorts, which have received numerous environmental awards. He has been involved in implementing and establishing the Soneva Carbon Calculator, Soneva Clean Water Projects, Soneva Forest Restoration Project, Myanmar Stoves Campaign, the SLOW LIFE Foundation, the SLOW LIFE Symposium and the group’s Social & Environmental PnPs. Joining…

International Tourism Partnership members recycle 452,020 kg of soap in 2013

…, 19% said they liked dispensers because they are better for the environment and only 7% were concerned with hygiene – promising stats for hotels thinking of switching.   Soneva bathroom with ceramic amenities. Photo by Soneva Soneva Resorts are one company leading the way when it comes to doing dispensers without undermining the guest experience. Arnfinn Oines, Soneva’s Social and Environmental Conscience, explains: As Soneva caters…

Talking Point: How good staff communication brings best customer experience

…rights issues, and one of the key elements of this is ensuring employees have representation or a clear line of dialogue with management in order to raise issues. Here Arnfinn Oines, Social & Environmental Conscience at Soneva, describes how they manage this issue and why when it comes to creating the ultimate guest experience, it’s all in the details. At Soneva, we believe in an open line of communication. We have created an organic…

ITP Presents… Sustainable Seafood in Hotels

…h careful planning it is possible to offer high quality food that is sustainable. Generally the best food is the most sustainable anyway, it is just a matter of having chefs that have the right focus.” Local fish delivery at Soneva. Photo: Soneva Creating sustainable fish policies In 2010 Marriott was the first large global hotel chain to launch a sustainable seafood programme in response to environmental concerns. Marriott International’s…

WTTC announces 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Award winners

…Thailand. At the operational level, bottled water is banned, they have set up the Maldives’ largest solar installation and raised 5.5 million dollars for carbon mitigation projects through a climate levy on room revenue. But Soneva is also a global influencer. They have pioneered the development of their environmental profit and loss tool in order to measure & further reduce the environmental impact of their supply chain. Soneva’s leadership…

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