Towards a sustainable hotel community
The annual HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region creating innovative new methods, strategies and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenge, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region.
Worthy hotels can be entered in one or more of the categories, however, a separate and complete entry should be submitted for each category consideration being sought. A maximum of four hotels, regardless of the category, will be honored each year from the submissions received (i.e. there can potentially be multiple winners in one category).
By segmenting sustainable hotel practices into four categories, we recognize the key areas where hotel investment, development, and operations can have the biggest impact locally and globally. The categories enable hotels of all sizes, asset classes, and operating structures to showcase their leadership in embedding sustainability into their decision-making processes.
The nomination period for the Sustainable Hotel Awards is NOW CLOSED. Nominated properties will be reviewed, and the award recipients selected, by an expert judging panel.
Entries should be completed in accordance with the criteria, which are provided to support you in identifying those factors that will help the Judging Panel in making their decisions. The criteria are designed to provide ideas for inclusion, but are neither definitive nor exhaustive. Applicants should note achievement of innovation in sustainable best practices will be stressed in the review process. Please include relevant information you believe addresses the objectives of sustainable development and operations within the context of the identified categories.
Entry criteria for all categories
All entrants should fulfill the following base criteria:
- Identify which of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are supported;
- Demonstrate the aspects of the property and/or initiative that are innovative and exemplary beyond the common best practices (i.e. beyond just obtaining a green certification, installing LED lighting, or holding a volunteer community day); and
- Explain why a hotel investment audience should be interested in the property and/or initiative.
Category 1 – Sustainable Design
Awards in this category focus on the design brief agreed and ways in which developers, owners and operators have worked with architects, designers, engineers, etc. in realizing most innovative methods, strategies and technologies in achieving optimal environmental efficiency, minimizing impacts, and creating value to the location’s natural and cultural heritage. Note: Property must be completed/operating at time of entry.
The judges will be considering, among other things, aspects such as:
- Specific innovative design elements promoting the latest technology in sustainability (renewable energy, net-zero building, water recycling, waste/water treatment, use of vegetation, advanced building materials, electrification and energy procurement/storage/distribution, building and operational automation, etc.)
- Integration and protection of the natural environment and layout within the wider landscape to preserve ecosystems and minimize disruption of biodiversity
- Overall appreciation of the design within the community and landscape to create an appropriate sense of place (reflecting cultural norms, heritage, traditions, authenticity, and design etc.)
- Specific innovative elements in the building’s construction and development, such as using materials with renewable or circular economy aspects, passive design, biomimicry, permaculture, etc.
- Integration of aesthetics, guest experience, and innovative design with sustainability
Category 2 – Sustainable Investment
Awards in this category focus on how sustainability has been incorporated into hotel investment decisions and investment models to make sustainability financially viable and generate positive impact.
The judges will be considering investment from a wide range of perspectives, which may, amongst other things, include one or more of the following:
- Innovation on the incorporation of investment as relating to sustainability (i.e. building design, retrofit or renovation, hotel transactions, repositioning, reduced debt service or cost of capital, etc.)
- Scale of either the total investment or the ROI generated and the total environmental and/or social benefit
- Financing mechanisms to fund the projects (i.e. Green Bonds, crowd funding, grants, government or supplier partnerships, incentives and rebates) that lower the cost of capital and create fixed-cost asset models from traditional variable cost items such as energy and waste
- Demonstration of leadership through innovative forms of analyzing the investment for value creation such as environmental risk valuation, bundling of ROI across initiatives, or increasing guest satisfaction, employee retention, and social license to operate
- Use of investment to encourage positive action through ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) screening of partners or embedding sustainability-related contract clauses
Note: Emphasis will be placed on quantification/measurement of impacts/practices where applicable.
Category 3 – Climate Action
Awards in this category focus on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions to support global climate action in line with the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goal 13, including the increase of renewable energy and protection or restoration of ecosystems that absorb CO2, which may be within the property’s design and operations, the habitats and ecosystems outside the property, or the larger value chain. Note: Emphasis will be placed on quantification/ measurement of impacts/practices where applicable.
The judges will be considering climate action methods taken, which may include, among other things, one or more of the following:
- Innovative use of highly efficient technology, design, or programs to reduce energy consumption
- Generation or procurement of renewable energy
- Conservation or restoration of key carbon sinks such as forests and oceans
- Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) models or supply chain initiatives to reduce significant carbon footprints from purchased goods within FF&E, OS&E, and/or F&B
- Proactive and large-scale guest engagement or community involvement to catalyze awareness on climate action
Category 4 – Positive Community Impact
Awards in this category focus on optimizing a hotel’s resources and reach to generate tangible positive impact for local communities; moving beyond philanthropy toward strategic use of resources, expertise, and funds to create better community engagement models with win-win benefits and quantifiable impact metrics.
The judges will be considering, among other things, aspects such as:
- Innovative use of inventory or routine areas of spend to maximize community benefit
- Methods of building programs and models with local suppliers and partners to stimulate entrepreneurship, local business ownership, and autonomy
- Reviving and protecting authentic cultural heritage traditions that benefit the wider destination and strengthen its sense of place
- Generating positive multipliers for other sustainable development goals such as enabling communities to address climate change and sustainable consumption & production
- Data-driven analysis of results demonstrating positive social impact metrics, beyond just volunteer hours, cash donation amounts, or number of community members served
HICAP SUSTAINABLE HOTEL AWARD WINNERS
Sustainable Design Cempedak Private Island, Riau Province – Indonesia
Sustainable Investment Soneve Fushi, Baa Atoll – Maldives
Positive Community Impact Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts – Group-wide “Rooted in Nature” initiative
PDF of 2017 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