2014 HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award winners announced

Hong Kong – Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce the winners for the HICAP 2014 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The 25th annual HICAP will be held 15-17 October 2014 at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

In the category of Sustainable Project Design, the winner is the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road in Singapore. This 221-room property is a 16-storey select service hotel in the heart of Orchard Road. The hotel was “green” conceived from inception with emphasis on energy and water use efficiency. An Energy Display unit, prominently located in the lobby, is fed real time information from the Building Management System (BMS), allowing hotel management to monitor and assess on-going performance as well as being a highly visible guest educational tool. S$1 million was reputedly spent on sustainability items over and above those required to meet the BCA Green mark and IHG’s internal standards. Mainly relating to engineering components, financial payback was originally budgeted to take 5 years. However, based upon the first year’s numbers, payback is likely to arise between 2 and 2.5 years.

In the category of Sustainable Operations, the winner is the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu in the Philippines. Through active programs and consistent monitoring of environmental performance via its participation with the EarthCheck Certification Program, the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu has achieved significant reductions in total waste, emissions, and consumption along with realizing per guest night metrics ratings consistently and materially exceeding baseline and/or best practice benchmarks. Examples of key contributing initiatives include mangrove and special tree planting, Cebu City’s only hotel with an Enterprise Building Automation System, wide-spread use of energy and water saving and devices and policies, rain water collection for irrigation and cleaning, creation of an in-house Integrated Energy Committee for overseeing the hotel’s compliance on energy and water efficiency, pro-active employee and guest education and extensive recycling and waste management programs leading to zero waste sent to landfill.

In the category of Sustainable Communities, the winners are:

· The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives
Amongst many meaningful local community initiatives, a highlight is the partnership created with local farmers in establishing the Addu Meedhoo Cooperative Society (AMCS). At the outset, funds were provided to build four units of greenhouses the farmers would otherwise have been unable to afford. The cooperative paid back the funds within 10 months, while additional facility and technology enhancements will be funded on a similar basis. Since 2010, the resort has purchased more than 233,000 kilograms of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The AMCS has also begun selling its produce to the local community, which further enhances farmer incomes, while also making available a wider variety of highly nutritious fruits and vegetables. Today, AMCS supports the livelihoods of 93 farmers, of which 30 are women.

· The Ten Knots Development Corporation / El Nido Resorts in the Philippines Embracing the wisdom of partnering with local communities and investing in environmental protection, Ten Knots hires locals, buys from locals, leads the Municipality in destination marketing and protects local customs and traditions. Comprising 90% of total, local employees receive above average wages and benefits go through the Be GREEN (GUARD, RESPECT, EDUCATE EL NIDO) program. Supervisors are further required to provide training to the local community. In terms of buying from locals, the creation of more sustainable menus has led to increasing the component of local ingredients to 58%. As well, over sixty women have been recruited for supplying hand-woven bags made of native materials. To address the Municipality’s deficiencies, a joint venture water project is being undertaken for providing potable water.
The Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched at HICAP in 2007 to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable best practices. The institution of the Awards hopes to inspire industry wide commitment to embracing and proliferating sustainable development and operations as standard practice in contribution to the preservation of our global and local environments and cultures.

Please visit the HICAP website for additional information, http://www.HICAPconference.com.