Sustainable Luxury in the Heart of Bangkok

Posted on August 25, 2016 in Current News - 0 comments - 0

Anantara Siam Bangkok has achieved the highest individual score in attaining GOLD Certification to the global sustainability certification standard for travel and tourism, Green Growth 2050. With a score of 86%, Anantara Siam has set the benchmark for all other Hotels to aspire to across all assessment elements including social, cultural, environmental and operational best practice.

In the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel offers discerning travellers a luxurious retreat to enjoy life’s finer pleasures and engage in soulful, original journeys. As ethical tourism continues to grow, certifications such as this allow travellers to feel more confident that they are not only getting their money’s worth, but are leaving behind a better chance for younger generations to enjoy the same liberties.

“Sustainability is very important to us at the hotel and throughout the brand. We worked hard to comply with the Green Growth standards and we are thrilled with the result of 86%. The work doesn’t stop there, and it is important we maintain these high standards. We’ve already identified other areas to expand our practices, including planting more produce on our fourth floor garden, consumed in our staff canteen,” says General Manager Patrick Both.

In achieving GOLD Certification, Anantara Siam implemented a range of innovative sustainability initiatives including transitioning the hotel to glass water bottles in the rooms and related front of house areas, eliminating the use of PET plastic bottles.  The hotel also used reclaimed, treated and filtered water in its air-conditioning cooling towers saving approximately 100 kilolitres of water each day.

Detailed reporting of Anantara Siam’s performance metrics across energy, water, waste and Co2-e GHG emissions were also managed through the Green Growth 2050 solution with significant savings across all measures being achieved since implementation in 2015.

Anantara Siam also participates in Anantara’s unique Dollars for Deeds program that allows guests to embrace the spirit of giving back where each hotel or resort will match guest’s donations dollar for dollar during their stay to raise funds for a range of worthy causes.

In Bangkok, the funds raised are donated to three worthwhile foundations: the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) in Chiang Rai, the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation in Phuket and the Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Centre at Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok.

“The team at Anantara Siam has worked tirelessly during the last six months to fully embrace the Green Growth 2050 Standard and ensure this outstanding result” said Wayne McKinnon, CEO of Green Growth 2050.  “Patrick and his teams took the unique approach of establishing multi-layered ‘Green Teams’ across the organisation and providing them with the tools and responsibility to own all aspects of the process. Taking the teams on field trips to garbage collection centres, recycling companies and environmental programs gave everyone involved a ‘real-life’ view of why areas of the Standard were important and helped to instil a unique sense of engagement.” added McKinnon.

Green Growth 2050 is the world’s most comprehensive GSTC recognized sustainability framework for the travel & tourism industry.  It was designed and developed to meet the needs of hotels and travel businesses seeking today’s solutions to the issues driving social, cultural and environmental change.

The Green Growth 2050 Global Standard is based on a range of internationally recognised environmental and hotel industry sustainability standards including:

  • UN Global Compact;
  • The UNEP Green Economy Principles;
  • The Code against the sexual exploitation of children;
  • UNWTO Ethics in Tourism; and
  • The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators.

Green Growth 2050 has been selected by the Minor Hotel Group to not only provide certification but also performance measurement, CSR impact analysis and business intelligence dashboard analytics across all aspects of sustainability reporting.  

About Anantara Hotels

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise, currently boasting over 35 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE and Qatar, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com.

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/anantara; Twitter and Instagram: @anantara_hotels

About Minor Hotel Group

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) is a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 145 hotels in operation under the Anantara, AVANI, PER AQUUM, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands. Today MHG operates in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. With ambitious plans to grow the hotel group to 190 properties, MHG continues to expand the home grown brands of Anantara and AVANI, plus continues to announce strategic acquisitions. For more information, please visit

http://www.minorinternational.com

About Green Growth 2050

Green Growth 2050 is a new dynamic product and service set that links sustainable tourism and corporate social responsibility in support of Green Growth. It has been developed by Greenearth.travel, based in the EU and Vision CSR based in Australia. It draws on their multi decade experience as leaders and innovators in creating sustainable travel and tourism frameworks, as well as their extensive partnerships and alliances focused on green economy transformation and climate response.

To learn more, visit our website at http://www.greengrowth2050.com

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/greengrowth2050; Twitter and Instagram: @greengrowth2050

 

 

 

 

 

 

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