SLTDA recognizes 37 hotels for sustainable practices | Daily News

SLTDA recognizes 37 hotels for sustainable practices

The winners with Minister John Amaratunge and other officials
The winners with Minister John Amaratunge and other officials

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) initiated the National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) as the first step towards making the tourism industry sustainable with the technical and financial assistance of Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) of UNDP in mid- 2018.

After the successful completion of the process, the 1st batch of hotels was awarded and recognized for their impressive sustainable practices on August 5, 2019 at Ape Game, Battaramulla with the participation of John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, CEO of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Randy Durband and Dr. Mihee Kang, Director Asia and the Pacific of GSTC.

“Tourism Consumes high energy be it water, food, usage of sensitive places or the environment and more tourists lead to more impact on the environment, good and bad. It is important to thoroughly think about how to mitigate the negative impacts while properly managing the above and the answer is - Sustainability which respects the nature, culture, society and ecosystem massively,” said Dr. Mihee Kang, Director Asia and the Pacific of GSTC

“Over 90% of the tourism sector key players are from the private sector and we hope this will drive them towards sustainability and we can proudly position Sri Lanka as a Sustainable Destination” Upali Ratnayake, Director General of SLTDA who is also the pioneer behind brining the certification to Sri Lanka shared.

This project was designed considering the current importance given to sustainable tourism globally, and to successfully compete as a highly demanded destination. The global context was considered in designing the project with the facilitation of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) so that the certification will be relevant not only to Sri Lanka but also internationally.

A MoU between Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Global Sustainable Tourism Council was also signed at this occasion.

List of winners:

Platinum Category: - Heritance Kandalama

Gold Category: Jetwing Light House, Galle, Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya and Anantara Peace Haven, Tangalle.

Silver Category: Cinnamon Wild, Yala, Jetwing Yala, Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts, Weligama, Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon and Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

Bronze Category: Jetwing Beach, Negombo, Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo, Heritance Ahungalla, Taj Bentota Resort & Spa. Shangri la, Hambantota, Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya, The Hilton, Colombo, Amaya Hills, Kandy, Jetwing Blue, Negombo, Eden Resort & Spa, Beruwala, Hotel Blackpool, Nuwara Eliya, Jetwing Sea, Negombo, The Fortress, Koggala, Hotel Movenpick, Colombo, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, Beruwala, Cinnamon Bay, Beruwala, Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya and Jetwing Lake, Dambulla

Special Categories: Best Performance in the category of Demonstrate Effective Sustainable Management Awarded to Heritance Tea Factory – Nuwara Eliya

Special Awards: Best Performance in the category of Maximize Social and Economic Benefits to the Local Community and Minimise Negative Impacts Awarded to Jetwing Light House – Galle.

Best Performance in the category of Maximize Benefits to Cultural Heritage and Minimize Negative Impacts Awarded to Anantara Peace Heaven – Tangalle

Best Performance in the category of Maximize Benefits to the Environment and Minimize Negative Impacts Awarded to Heritance Kandalama - Kandalama

Certificate of Participation: Paradise Beach, Negambo, Vila Safari Weerawila and Hotel Sapphire Colombo

 


 

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