Green Globe Certification today announced that following the PATA Travel Mart 2011, CEO Guido Bauer will conduct a priority mission to meet with leaders of Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry. Discussions will be held on how certification under Green Globe’s internationally recognised Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism can contribute to a more successful industry.
Green Globe Certification CEO, Guido Bauer said, ‘Our Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism has been accepted for over 15 years by tourism professionals as the blue print for successful businesses and better communities.
‘Green Globe is focused on the responsibility of each tourism business, understanding that each company has an environmental foot print that can be reduced and therefore collectively make a significant impact.
‘In Sri Lanka, it is also the social issues, particularly around reconciliation, labour practices and preservation of unique culture that Green Globe can assist with. Green Globe’s Standard and system of certification can establish the basis of planning and team building across enterprises to ensure equity, respect and engagement with staff, management and owners’, added Mr Bauer.
Green Globe, through its years of experience, has refined and packaged all the key concepts and practical measures that need to be in place for tourism businesses to survive and prosper within their destinations.
Today the challenges to build a successful tourism industry are more than just social-economic; they are climate related tying local environmental issues to global agreements on carbon emissions. Green Globe will be investigating how its certified clients can play a significant role in the “Greening Sri Lanka Hotels” project which is funded by the European Union and executed by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. In addition Green Globe can provide data for the Sri Lanka Ministry of Environment’s National Green Reporting system, which will assist all industries to be more accountable to their resource utilization and environmental impacts.
During Mr Bauer’s time in Sri Lanka he will be showcasing some of the success stories from Sri Lanka hotels that have already been Green Globe certified. These include:
- Stringent waste sorting and recycling in place (where available) across all Green Globe certified hotels
- All Green Globe certified hotels are monitoring energy and water usage and have implemented goals for reduction of each.
- Green Globe certified hotels have stringent preventive maintenance programs, and guest room EMS in place.
- Green Globe certified hotels are fitted with energy efficient bulbs (mostly CFL with some already using LEDs, while others have begun the process of switching over the remaining lighting fixtures to LEDs)
- Green Globe certified hotels are involved in conservation efforts in their surrounding localities. For example: cleaning of the Beira Lake by Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo; raising of funds towards conservation by Cinnamon Grand Colombo through the sale of Environmental Wisdom Cards; beach cleaning by Bentota Beach Hotel along with plans for conservation of the Bentota River.
- Green Globe certified hotels take significant steps to protect and promote the cultural heritage of their immediate environments and of the country as a whole. For example Chaaya Village Habarana won the PATA Gold Award (2007) in the Environment/Ecotourism category, for its ‘Nuggets’ which encourage guests to visit the protected areas of cultural heritage in the vicinity of the Resort, thereby enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of the environment and culture in the area; Cinnamon Grand Colombo provides environmental awareness and training via its ‘Nuga Gama’ restaurant.
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 is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) an agency of the United Nations, and is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). For information visit www.greenglobe.com