HICAP announce 2014 sustainability award winners

Sustainable communities winner The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives

Sustainable communities winner The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives

The 25th annual HICAP will be held 15-17 October 2014 at the InterContinental Hong Kong, and ITP’s Stephen Farrant will be attending and presenting one of the awards.

Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL and Stiles Capital Events who co-host the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific have announced the winners of the HICAP 2014 Sustainable Hotel Awards.

In the category of Sustainable Project Design, the winner is the Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road in Singapore.

This 221-room property was “green” from its inception, with emphasis on energy and water efficiency. An energy display unit, prominently located in the lobby, is fed real time information from the Building Management System allowing management to monitor and assess on-going performance as well as being a highly visible guest educational tool.

S$1 million was spent on sustainability items over and above those required to meet the BCA Green mark, and IHG’s internal standards. Mainly relating to engineering components, financial payback was originally budgeted to take five years. But, based upon the first year’s numbers, payback is likely to happen between two and two and a half years.

Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road

Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road


In the category of Sustainable Operations, the winner is the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu in the Philippines.

Through active programmes and consistent monitoring of environmental performance via its participation with the EarthCheck Certification Programme, the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu has achieved significant reductions in total waste, emissions, and consumption, along with realising per-guest-night metrics ratings consistently and materially exceeding baseline and best practice benchmarks.

Further environmental initiatives include mangrove and tree planting; Cebu City’s only hotel with an Enterprise Building Automation System; widespread use of energy and water-saving devices and policies; rain water collection for irrigation and cleaning; creation of an in-house Integrated Energy Committee for overseeing the hotel’s compliance on energy and water efficiency; proactive employee and guest education; and extensive recycling and waste management programmes leading to zero waste sent to landfill.

In the category of Sustainable Communities, the winners are:

The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives. Amongst many meaningful local community initiatives, a highlight is the partnership created with local farmers in establishing the Addu Meedhoo Cooperative Society (AMCS).

At the outset, funds were provided to build four units of greenhouses the farmers would otherwise have been unable to afford. The cooperative paid back the funds within 10 months, while additional facility and technology enhancements will be funded on a similar basis. Since 2010, the resort has purchased more than 233,000 kilograms of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The AMCS has also begun selling its produce to the local community, which further enhances farmer incomes, while also making available a wider variety of highly nutritious fruits and vegetables. Today, AMCS supports the livelihoods of 93 farmers, of which 30 are women.

The Ten Knots Development Corporation / El Nido Resorts in the Philippines. Embracing the wisdom of partnering with local communities and investing in environmental protection, Ten Knots hires local people, buys from local people, leads the Municipality in destination marketing and protects local customs and traditions. Comprising 90% of total, local employees receive above average wages and benefits go through the Be GREEN (GUARD, RESPECT, EDUCATE EL NIDO) programme.

Supervisors are further required to provide training to the local community. In terms of buying from local people, the creation of more sustainable menus has led to increasing the component of local ingredients to 58%. Additionally, over sixty women have been recruited for supplying hand-woven bags made of native materials. To address the Municipality’s deficiencies, a joint venture water project is being undertaken for providing potable water.

The Ten Knots organic farm

The Ten Knots organic farm


The Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched at HICAP in 2007 to recognise hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable best practices. The institution of the Awards hopes to inspire industry wide commitment to embrace and proliferate sustainable development and operations as standard practice in contribution to the preservation of our global and local environments and cultures.

ITP is particularly proud that member companies IHG and Carlson Rezidor are among the recipients. The companies play a key role in the membership and contribution to ITP programmes that aim to promote sustainability practices and supply tools and resources in order to assist other hoteliers to improve their environmental initiatives.

Visit the HICAP website for additional information.

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