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Aitken Spence Hotels Observe Earth Hour 2012

5 Apr

Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour.  For 42 years Earth Hour has been uniting people to protect the planet but it seems that Mother Earth has never been faced with a crisis as severe as it does now. In 2011 alone more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. This year too Aitken Spence Hotels joined hands with millions of supporters from around the world and dedicated 60 minutes to a greener planet by switching off the lights in all its hotels.

 

Climate change can be considered as the greatest challenge of our time; which also means that we have huge opportunities to turn the process around by advancing climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. This is the perfect opportunity for the community of the world to make a personal commitment to join together and create a global green economy.

 

At Aitken Spence Hotels the staff is committed to safeguard and preserve air and water quality and reduce demands on Mother Earth. This philosophy is not practiced only on one day of the year but it is instilled in its day to day operation.  Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels inSri Lankahave achieved a remarkable feat by having all nine hotels inSri Lankaattain the prestigious Earth Check Silver status. Earth Check is the international benchmarking and certification programme for the travel industry based on the agenda 21 principles for sustainable development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. The aim of the programme is to assist international organizations to attain sustainability by providing a certification system that responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet, including climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. In addition eight out of its portfolio of nine hotels inSri Lankaare ISO 14001 certified.

 

 “Aitken Spence  has  invested substantial amount of time and financial resources  over the decades to make our hotels world-class examples of sustainability. We have found out that our business associates and our guests are keen to learn about the sustainability practices of the hotels than ever before. The unique sustainability features of our hotels are clearly giving us a marketing advantage.  Our expertise gained in sustainability in Sri Lanka is spreading across to our hotels in the Maldives, India and Oman”, said Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

 

With a sustainability focus that transcends beyond mere operational to one that is strategic, Aitken Spence Hotels seeks to create an organization-wide culture that in turn will inspire individuals to act as catalysts for global change. This sustainability vision will drive the Group’s commercial objectives given the growing global demand amongst consumers for eco-tourism and sustainable tourism. Global tourism trends indicate that consumer choose destinations and resort properties that practice sustainable tourism in light of the opportunity to offset their individual carbon footprints.

Aitken Spence hotels partners with environmental leader EarthCheck

15 Sep

Aitken Spence Hotels is the latest leader in travel and tourism to partner with EarthCheck and certify the environmental practices employed at its chain of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman.

With more than three decades in hospitality and considerable expertise in hotel design, building and management, Aitken Spence Hotels decided to look to EarthCheck to confirm the company’s dedication and commitment to excellence in sustainable tourism.

EarthCheck is the world’s largest certifier of sustainable travel and tourism operators, and will work with the luxury brand portfolios of Heritance, Aitken Spence Hotels & Resorts and Adaaran.

“Environmental sustainability is part of our corporate commitment to responsible business,” said Mr. B H R Sariffo’deen, Assistant Vice President, Aitken Spence Hotels. “While nine of our hotels have already been benchmarked, and three have been certified on the EarthCheck Programme, plans are well underway to ensure that many more become certified in the coming year. Mr. Ravi De Silva, Consultant Social & Environmental Management at Aitken Spence Hotels explained that sustainability is a top corporate priority of the company. The environmental management systems introduced by the company are recognised through the EarthCheck Certifications.

Aitken Spence Hotels is focusing on issues such as reducing, recycling and reusing solid waste; reducing the use of harmful chemicals; conserving energy and water, and improving indoor air quality, all of which have an immediate impact on the environment and the communities where their hotels operate.

Commenting on the EarthCheck partnership, Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director Aitken Spence Hotels said “Aitken Spence Hotels over the years has invested substantial financial resources and hard work in achieving long term sustainability. Our hotels have been recognised as world class examples of sustainability and have won a number of international accolades. We have experienced that our business associates and our guests are keen to learn about the sustainability practices of the hotels than ever before. Our expertise gained in sustainability in Sri Lanka is now spreading across to our hotels in the Maldives, India & Oman. ”

EarthCheck is considered at the forefront of global sustainability management systems; using advanced science-based benchmarking and capacity building. The programme offers Aitken Spence Hotels a new level of accuracy and transparency that is certification verified by independent, third party auditors.

“Aitken Spence Hotels has long demonstrated their commitment to improving the social, environmental and economic welfare of host communities,” explained Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global. “EarthCheck provides them with a framework for their properties to increase operational efficiencies, maximise the benefit of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, and minimise environmental impacts.” Properties currently participating in the EarthCheck Programme include: Bandarawela Hotel, Browns Beach Hotel, Earls Regency Hotel, Heritance Ahungalla, Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Tea Factory, Hotel Hill Top, Ramada Resort Kalutara and the former Neptune Hotel.

EarthCheck is the world’s largest certifier of sustainable travel and tourism operators with more than 1000 clients in over 70 countries, the company’s EarthCheck Programme responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet, including climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. It provides benchmarking, certification and performance improvement systems that result in average savings of 30 per cent for energy and waste stream, and 20 per cent savings for water consumption.

Media Release – 14 September 2010