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Azores 2017: Towards Sustainable Tourism

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The International Conference Azores 2017: Towards Sustainable Tourism was held in Lagoa, Azores, Portugal, on 5-6 December 2017.

The primary focus of the Conference was sustainable destinations and the global trends in sustainable tourism.

The Azores Islands are considered one of the most sustainable destinations in the world and an example of best practice in harmonising the link between tourism and nature.

Luigi Cabrini, the GSTC Chair, gave a Keynote Address on “Tourism Trends and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria for Sustainable Destinations”. Kathleen Pessolano, GSTC Strategic Partnerships and Destinations Director gave a presentation about the GSTC Destinations Criteria and global trends in destination management.

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Vietnam turns GOLD and AVANI too!

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Green Growth 2050 has recently certified all four Minor Hotels in Vietnam to its Global Standard.  These represent the first properties to be Certified in Vietnam and the first AVANI Hotel to be Certified worldwide; AVANI Hai Phong. Each Hotel achieved greater than 80% compliance reaching GOLD Certification status.

Congratulations to:

  • Anantara Mui Ne Resort;
  • AVANI Hai Phong Harbour View;
  • AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa; and,
  • Anantara Hoi An Resort.

An outstanding effort from the Minor Hotel Group and the local teams.

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Food Waste is the World’s Dumbest Problem

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It’s a staggering figure, but about one-third of all food produced for human consumption around the world goes to waste. Modern developed countries are even more wasteful.

Just as we can strive to make our food production more friendly to the planet, we can also reduce the amount of food we throw out. That includes edible food that never reaches the shops, unsold or uneaten food in restaurants, or food we discard at home.

Globally, the impacts of food waste are astounding. It contributes greenhouse gas emissions, uses freshwater that we can ill afford to sacrifice, costs millions of farm animals their lives and accounts for billions of dollars’ worth of human labour, not to mention the vast forests cut down and wetlands drained to produce food that is never eaten, or the mountains of fertiliser and pesticides applied for no purpose.

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Anantara Offers Internship to Children under State Care

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Anantara Maldives Resorts has joined Ministry of Gender and Family to introduce a special internship program for children under State care at children’s shelter.

Anantara’s corporate social responsibility project “Minor Hope” was inaugurated in a function held at the resort earlier this year by First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim.

The one-year “Minor Hope” internship program is directed at providing children under State care with the necessary skills to venture into the job market, as well as providing them with job opportunities in the tourism industry.

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400 Years of History, 400 Criteria for Tourism Excellence

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Saturday, July 15th 2017.

Quinta do Bom Despacho, the home of sustainable holidays and events in the Azorean capital recently celebrated two years of operation in offering outstanding accommodation and guest service.

I preparation for its opening two years ago, Quinta do Bom Despacho embarked on a rigorous program of operational excellence in sustainable tourism culminating in their achievement of Green Growth 2050 GOLD Certification.  The Green Growth 2050 Standard comprises 400 best practice compliance indicators and recognizes excellence in environmental, socio-economic & cultural sustainability in the travel & tourism industry.

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John Roberts, Director of Conservation for Minor Hotel Group, talks about Green Growth 2050

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Mr John Roberts, Director of Conservation for Minor Hotel Group, talks about Green Growth 2050 and its implementation within Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas and across the enterprise.

John Roberts – Minor Hotel Group

John Roberts Director of Conservation for Minor Hotel Group talks about Green Growth 2050 and its implementation within Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas and across the enterprise

Posted by Green Growth 2050 on Thursday, October 20, 2016


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Minor Hotels off to a great start in 2017

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The first quarter of 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, has seen a number of Minor Hotels re-certify to the Green Growth 2050 Global Standard with all improving on their previous audit scores.
AVANI Hotels also joined the program and are working on achieving compliance during 2017.

Re-certified Hotels include:

Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa

Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa

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Thailand’s Business Leaders pledge to protect Elephants

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On Thai Elephant Day, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other wildlife products. In a show of solidarity, the nation’s top business leaders joined our call and urged stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation action.

Thailand is a major destination market and trans-shipment hub to China and other markets for ivory products primarily from some of the roughly 33,000 elephants poached annually in Africa. To help raise awareness on this issue WildAid enlisted the help of Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke, Chairman and CEO, Minor International Public Company Limited, to spearhead the effort by asking fellow business leaders to join the pledge and stand united against the illegal ivory trade.

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