Bentota Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka: Innovative Sustainability Practices Are Being Awarded Green Globe Re-Certification

Bentota Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka: Innovative Sustainability Practices Are Being Awarded Green Globe Re-Certification
September 18, 2012 Arton Kabashi

September 18, 2012, Los Angeles, CA – Green Globe announces re- certification of the Bentota Beach Hotel in Bentota, Sri Lanka. For the past few years this property has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and social responsibility.

“Bentota Beach Hotel actively pursues the Green Globe certificate in its efforts of becoming a true ‘green resort’,” said Sanjeeva Perera, General Manager at the Bentota Beach Hotel. “Our achievement would not be possible without our staff members’ ongoing commitment to protect, preserve and nurture the environment, and improve the eco-friendly operation of our resort. It gives us great pleasure to earn the prestigious Green Globe Re-Certification.”

Bentota Beach Hotel developed and implemented a long-term environmental management system to continually reduce the usage of water, energy, production and packaging materials. A special Green Team facilitates and maintains sustainability initiatives in accordance with the company’s vision and pledge ‘I Will Be Green’. Energy goals are strictly monitored and benchmarked, and the property recently introduced solar power for the kitchen pantry, spa and Eco House (used for staff accommodation and training). Guests are invited to join local environmental and community-related activities, such as beach cleaning and tree planting at the shores, and the hotel offers ‘Save Resources for a better Future’ information leaflets to promote awareness. Eco-friendly products are being purchased where possible, local suppliers within a 60-mile radius are given preference. The company’s packaging minimization policy requests suppliers to remove all packaging items at time of delivery. Bentota Beach Hotel has a proper waste sorting system in place, composting is done within the complex and nurtures the resort’s own green garden. All garden waste is shredded and donated to the community. In addition, the hotel does not discharge waste water into the Bentota River, but to a common sewage treatment plant.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “We are extremely pleased to award the re-certification to the Bentota Beach Hotel in Bentota, Sri Lanka. This property shows a very high compliance rate against our Green Globe Certification sustainability criteria. The hotel is committed to educate all their business associates and suppliers to enhance awareness of the importance in integrating environmental protection into their daily routine.” For more information please watch The Bentota Beach Hotel video on Green Globe’s youtube channel: mygreenglobe.com

About Bentota Beach Hotel

The Bentota Beach Hotel is part of John Keells Hotels PLC, which is the hospitality leader in the Sri Lanka and Maldivian sector. The hotel, designed and based on an ancient Dutch fort by the famous Geoffrey Bawa, is situated in the southern coastal zone of Sri Lanka, at the point where the Bentota River flows into the Indian Ocean. Bentota is known for its stretches of indigo sea and golden sands, a peaceful perfect beach sanctuary to escape to. The property offers 130 superlative rooms and 3 suites, all of which have sea-front or river views. All rooms are color-washed in somber beiges and whites and decorated with bright colored bed spreads and pillows. The resort offers a wide array of services, including a water sport center, tennis courts, and the Azmaara Spa.

Contact:
Sanjeeva Perera
General Manager
Bentota Beach Hotel
Bentota
Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 (0) 34 2275176-7 / 2270524
Fax: +94 (0) 718440159
Email sanjeevap.khms@keells.com
www.johnkeellshotels.com

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

Contact:
Green Globe Certification
Phone +1-310-337-3000
Fax +1-310-626-9982
prlax@greenglobe.com

www.greenglobe.com