Towards a sustainable hotel community
The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 with the aim of recognizing hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and environmentally and culturally responsible development. Through these awards we hope to inspire industry-wide commitment to embracing and proliferating sustainable development as standard practice to help preserve our global and local environments and cultures.
ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE
2017 SUSTAINABLE HOTEL AWARDS
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards! Winners were recognized at HICAP on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the closing HICAP Awards Lunch, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
For a more detailed description of each winner’s initiatives, please click here to view a PDF of our 2017 winners
Imagine a tiny tropical island, covered in forest, bathed in sunlight and lapped by the clear blue sea. There are no phones, wifi, televisions, aircon or mini bars. Your room is made of bamboo, the roof grass, and your furniture of construction off cuts. There’s one restaurant with a single menu.
Working closely with the architect, local bamboo specialists and the landscape designer, the owners have enabled 2/3 of the island to remain untouched. The landscape design has predominately used plants propagated from the island.
Through the combination of minimising electrical devices, while incorporating highly efficient DC ceiling fans – with bamboo blades of course, gardens to filter waste water rendering it reusable, solar hot water systems, low energy relay lighting systems and gas-powered hand pulled espresso machines, the power consumption is around 300kW/hr per day across the entire resort, designed to run on a single 24kW generator.
On a remote island without access to an electric grid or potable water, Soneva Fushi demonstrates remarkable financial ingenuity and ROI regarding its sustainability initiatives. For instance, a Purchase Power Agreement was engineered to source electricity from a 700kW on-site solar installation which reduced annual energy spend by 20% with no up-front costs.
Capitalizing on waste as a resource, an on-site glass studio was established to create innovative art from the operation’s glass waste for in-house display and guest purchase. Along with onsite vegetable production with food waste composting, such initiatives generated USD265,000 in value in 2016.
To address the impact of guest flights, a 2% environmental levy on all room rates was introduced in 2008. The funds (US$6M to-date) are used for a variety of social carbon projects certified with Gold Standard carbon credits, which collectively have benefitted 185,000 people, while mitigating the hotel’s entire carbon footprint.
POSITIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT : SHANGRI-LA HOTELS & RESORTS
Group-wide “Rooted In Nature” Initative
Created based on guest feedback indicating a strong demand for local, sustainable menu options, Rooted in Nature aligns company strategy and targets with local community benefit and guest experience. A goal was set to procure 50%/75% of menu items by 2017/2020 directly from local, small scale producers and fish traders producing quality ingredients supplied by farmers, herders, fishers, butchers, bakers and artisans preserving traditional knowledge and techniques, and working with respect for the environment, landscape and animal welfare.
Through 2016, nearly 2,000 Rooted in Nature dishes were offered across the portfolio’s restaurants meeting at least one of the criteria of being locally grown (20km radius), chemical-free, sustainably sourced, or certified organic or fair trade. Suppliers are given support and training, and feedback indicates 86% of the program’s suppliers increased their revenues as a result, and 41% have committed to changing their way of farming to incorporate more sustainable practices.
HICAP SUSTAINABLE HOTEL AWARD WINNERS
Sustainable Project Design The Temple House Chengdu – China
Sustainable Operations ITC Grand Chola Chennai – India
Sustainable Operations Jetwing Yala – Sri Lanka
Sustainable Communities Nikoi Island, Riau Province – Indonesia
PDF of 2016 winners
Sustainable Project Design Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town – China
Sustainable Operations Alta Pension House Davao City – Philippines
Sustainable Destinations Tai O Heritage Hotel – Hong Kong
Sustainable Communities Lemon Tree Hotels Group – India
PDF of 2015 winners
Sustainable Project Design Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road – Singapore
Sustainable Operations Radisson Blu Cebu – Philippines
Sustainable Communities Shangri-La Villingili – Maldives
Sustainable Communities Ten Knots Development / El Nido Resorts – Philippines
PDF of 2014 winners
Sustainable Project Design Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong SoHo – Hong Kong
Sustainable Project Design Parkroyal on Pickering – Singapore
Sustainable Operations Bambu Indah – Bali, Indonesia
Sustainable Operations Jetwing Lagoon – Negombo Sri Lanka
PDF of 2013 winners
Sustainable Project Design Jetwing Vil Uyana – Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sustainable Operations Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay – Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Sustainable Destinations Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa – Chiang Rai, Thailand
Sustainable Communities Song Saa Private Island – Koh Rong Archipelago, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
PDF of 2012 winners
Sustainable Project Design The Upper House – Hong Kong
Sustainable Operations ITC Maurya – New Delhi, India
Sustainable Communities Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Yanuca, Fiji
Sustainable Leadership Six Senses Resorts & Spas
PDF of 2011 winners
Sustainable Project Design ITC Royal Gardenia Bangalore – India
Sustainable Operations Crowne Plaza Alice Springs – Australia
Sustainable Destinations El Nido Resorts – Philippines
Sustainable Communities Shangri-La Wuhan – China
Press release of 2010 winners
Sustainable Project Design Six Senses Yao Noi – Phang-Nga, Thailand
Sustainable Operations Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney – Australia
Sustainable Destinations The Oberoi Udaivilas – Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Sustainable Communities The School House Rental Homes at Mutianyu Great Wall – Beijing, China
Press release of 2009 winners
Leveraging Influence Shinta Mani – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Site Selection, Sustainability, Architectural
& Physical Design URBN Hotel, Shanghai, China
Special Award Richard Baily, Tahiti Beachcomber SA
Operational Aspects Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa – Queensland, Australia
Leveraging Influence Soneva Gili and Six Senses Spa – Lankan Fushi, Maldives
Site Selection, Operational Aspects
& Leveraging Influence – Nihiwatu Resort, Sumba Island, Indonesia
Press release of 2007 winners