Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket, the flagship properties of Banyan Tree and Angsana Hotels & Resorts, have been awarded the bronze status by EarthCheck, the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation, in recognition of the resorts’ high standards on sustainable practices. This achievement marks an important milestone for the two properties, following the second agreement signed in 2012 with EarthCheck by the Banyan Tree Group to maintain its commitment to the highest level of sustainable operations with a year-on-year performance measurement index.
EarthCheck benchmarking and certification programmes assist businesses in the travel and tourism sector to monitor and reduce their environmental impact in core areas. The indicators are energy and water consumption, total waste production, community commitment, and the use of paper, cleaning and pesticide products; along with implementing an integrated environmental and social policy.
Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket were awarded with the bronze EarthCheck Benchmarked status together with five other business units within Laguna Phuket, as part of the precinct of Laguna Phuket’s sustainability efforts.
Building on existing sustainability campaigns, Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket continue to put in place a number of initiatives to engage guests, associates and the local community, such as guest room and office energy conservation, recycling of materials, maintenance of an organic farm, and regular tree planting and beach cleaning activities.
“The EarthCheck Benchmarking achievement has shown our commitment to operate our resorts in a sustainable fashion, and serves as a great motivation for us to continue to promote environmentally friendly practices,” comments Sriram Kailasam, Area General Manager of Banyan Tree Phuket. “Protecting the environment has not only become the core of every business sector but also to every one of us. While we are making sure the resorts maintain the highest level of sustainable operations, we promote and raise awareness to every guest and employee.”
“Our aim is to provide both properties with quantifiable metrics to deliver bottom line efficiencies, maximise guest experiences and minimise our environmental footprint. We are delighted to receive this status and we look forward to maintaining and developing our sustainability efforts.” Albert Ocasio, General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket, added.