Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo: Leader in Sustainable Tourism in Sri Lanka achieves Green Globe Re-Certification

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo: Leader in Sustainable Tourism in Sri Lanka achieves Green Globe Re-Certification
September 18, 2012 Arton Kabashi

September 18, 2012, Los Angeles, CA – Green Globe announces re- certification of the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo in Sri Lanka. Since the initial onsite audit two years ago, this luxury property implemented a number of improvements and has continuously demonstrated leadership in sustainable tourism and corporate social responsibility.

“At Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo we firmly believe that creating awareness is the key to strengthening green initiatives,” said Denis Gruhier, General Manager at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. “We are very proud to earn the prestigious Green Globe Certification for the third year in a row, and we aim to continue our close involvement with the local community, enhancing the John Keells leisure sector’s pledge ‘I Will Care’. Associates of our hotel actively volunteer to participate in CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects embracing all for major ethnicities prevalent in this country, as we are dedicated to support ethnic harmony. Our recent CSR projects include assistance in the restoration of the historic Abeygiriya Temple, St. Anne’s Church, Ayeshwariya Lakshmi Amman Kovil, and the Galloluwa Jumma Mosque in Minuwangoda. We are a member of the local green sustainable business program in the region.”

A long-term sustainability management system is in effect at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, energy and water usage is strictly monitored. Guest rooms are equipped with water efficient dual flush toilets, water saving showers and faucets. All chemicals used on the property by kitchens, housekeeping and laundry are biodegradable. Furthermore, the property implemented collateral on energy and water conservation, waste management, and cultural etiquette that should be observed when visiting local communities, historical or religious sites. Local culture is promoted through “Hopper Nights”, which feature traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and entertainment. During key cultural celebrations, the hotel offers kids craft events and festivals.

The hotel separates all waste which is sent for reuse or recycling, including e-waste. Food waste is donated to a local piggery, while all garden waste is composted and reused as fertilizer at the property’s roof top vegetable and herb garden. Eco-friendly products are being purchased where possible, local suppliers adhering to sustainable practices are given preference. Take-back and packaging minimization policies are in place, and all procedures are reviewed on a regular basis to continually improve performance.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “We are very pleased to award the re-certification to the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. This property shows outstanding efforts in their dedication to protect the environment and creating awareness amongst staff and customers. Employees are frequently trained on all relevant aspects of sustainability, including water and energy consumption, and waste management. The Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo leads the way in sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka.” For more information please watch The Cinnamon Lakeside video on Green Globe’s youtube channel:

About Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

The Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is part of John Keells Hotels PLC, which is the hospitality leader in the Sri Lanka and Maldivian sector. Ranked the best 5-star city hotel by Sri Lanka Tourism, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is the epitome of indulgence and elegance. Sprawling over 7 acres of land, this uniquely serene city hotel features innumerable choices of perfect accommodation, a wide array of restaurants, state-of-the-art facilities, entertainment for all ages and moods, comfort and peace of mind. All 346 luxury rooms and suites were recently renovated and offer spectacular views over the tranquil Beira Lake or the city’s skyline.

Shoiba Ismail
Marketing & Communications Executive
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
115, Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha
Colombo 02
Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 112 491 000
Fax: +94 114 714 143

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

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