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Heritance Hotels Achieves Travelife Gold Award

18 Mar

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Heritance Hotels, Sri Lanka’s leading chain of resorts, owned and managed by Aitken Spence Hotels is once again in the forefront of sustainability with all hotels in its portfolio being awarded the Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations Gold award. Travelife – the international sustainability certification scheme – assesses a property’s performance in managing social, environmental and economic impacts. The Gold award achieved by Heritance Tea Factory, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Ahungalla is a testament to the chain’s deep commitment to sustainability.

Travelife is a practical tool which assists properties to monitor and manage their social and environmental impacts. The scheme which is supported by some of the largest tour operators in the industry helps hotels cut costs and increase sales, by improved sustainability. To gain Travelife Gold certification the hotel must meet the 150 sustainability criteria set by the scheme. This includes environmental issues, such as minimising waste and use of energy, water and chemicals, as well as taking positive action on social issues, such as employee welfare, working with the local community, child protection and human rights. Hotels must display how they are helping to support local businesses and protect local traditions and wildlife.

The Heritance Hotels portfolio underwent a stringent audit process which focussed on energy saving practices, waste management, emission and environmental sustainability principles followed by each Hotel. The audit results are scored on Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on the degree of the Hotels commitment towards the environment and locality in which it operates. Achieving Gold status is not an easy feat and it is a remarkable achievement that the entire chain achieved this accolade.

Heritance Hotels, a pioneer in practicing and promoting sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka, has taken numerous initiatives in ensuring that energy consuming assets have been managed effectively and energy conserving technology has been implemented at each resort. Heritance Ahungalla, one of Sri Lanka’s leading beach resorts, was the first hotel in Sri Lanka to receive the ISO 50001:2011 certification. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, was the first net metered hotel in Sri Lanka and Heritance Tea Factory and Heritance Kandalama were the first in the hospitality industry to utilize a biomass gasifier as a renewable energy source. Apart from the significant systems implemented at the resorts, all resorts use Sewage Treated Plant (STP) water for irrigation and have replaced incandescent lighting with CFL and LED lights.

The 7R recycling program practiced by all resorts in the chain strives for zero waste to the environment. All waste produced is recycled or disposed of with no impact to the environment in which each hotel operates. Heritance Ahungalla, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Tea Factory have in-house green pavilions and eco centers where training is provided to guests and the community on the benefits and importance of recycling and reducing the impacts on the environment.

Heritance Kandalama has been identified as a bio diversity hot spot with surveys revealing that the 170 acres of owned and 50 acres of leased land preserved by the Hotel has 43 species of mammals, 173 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians, 82 species of butterflies and 125 floral species including trees and climbers.

Heritance Hotels is closely linked to each community it operates in with over 40% of its staff being employed from the local communities. In addition facilities such as the Arts and Crafts center at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara are provided for local craftsmen to showcase their talents and keep traditional crafts alive. This also adds to the local economy by ways of added profits to the community and promotion of local culture.

“We are extremely passionate about practicing social and environmental strategies and it is indeed motivating to be recognised for our achievements in this area. Our team constantly strives to ensure that we keep challenging ourselves and having gone through the stringent audit process it is encouraging to note that we have been benchmarked against other international star performers and have been awarded the highest accolade in the scheme”, said Mr.Susith Jayawickrama, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Heritance Hotels and Resorts, the premier brand of Aitken Spence Hotels operate a portfolio of four unique properties in scenic locations across Sri Lanka. Heritance Kandalama was named by The Observer of UK as one of the “Icons of Modern Hotel Design” and Travel + Leisure calls it one of the leading green hotels of the world.  Heritance Tea Factory was voted amongst the “100 Best Places to Stay in the World” by Sunday Times UK and was nominated in the list of “Top 5 Factory Hotels in the World” by The Independent, UK. The chain of hotels has been continuously recognized as a pioneer in sustainable tourism and continuously strives to sustain and innovate processes that reduce the impact of its operation on its surroundings.

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Aitken Spence Hotels recognized as Sri Lanka’s Most Energy Efficient for the third consecutive year

23 Dec

Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara emerged victorious at the recently concluded Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards 2013, conducted by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority for private and public sector institutions with the aim of recognizing their contribution towards an energy efficient Sri Lanka.

Heritance Ahungalla was awarded the Silver flame award, one of the highest accolades awarded for the conscious commitment made to enhancing energy efficiency practices within the large scale hotel sector. Recognized as Sri Lanka’s first five star beach resort, Heritance Ahungalla is also the first hotel in the world to receive the ImageImageImage. With the introduction of this Energy Management System, Heritance Ahungalla was able to effectively manage energy consumption without compromising guest comfort. It has enabled the hotel to meet the current and future mandatory energy efficiency targets and requirements of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction legislations and thus given it leverage to emerge as one of Sri Lanka’s most energy efficient hotels.

 

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was awarded a merit award in the large scale hotel category, making it the second year that the resort received recognition for its sustainable energy efficiency practices. The resort created history by being the first hotel in Sri Lanka to enter a Net Metering Agreement using solar photovoltaic as the renewable energy source.  In addition, the hotel also managed to reduce its consumption of furnace oil, with the installation of a solar hot water system which is used to pre-heat the water before it is sent to the heat exchanger which acts as a storage for hot water. This reduces the furnace oil consumed by the boiler. The hotel saves 1,417 liters of furnace oil annually thus mitigating its carbon footprint by 4.6 tonnes.  Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara also houses a biogas plant which uses kitchen garbage as the primary source for the production of biogas which is utilized in the herbal preparation unit of the up-scale ayurveda resort.

The continuous commitment to identify and enhance energy efficiency practices, while demonstrating annual reductions in energy consumption within the chain of resorts has resulted in Heritance Hotels being recognized year on year for its initiatives. In 2011 Heritance Kandalama was awarded the Gold flame award while Heritance Tea Factory won the Silver flame award. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was recognized for innovative practices to minimize the use of energy and was awarded the Silver flame award in 2012.

In addition to the awards won by the resorts Mr. Damitha Jayarathne was awarded a Merit award for Most Outstanding Energy Manager 2013. This award was introduced this year with the aim of recognizing the efforts made to improve energy performance, reduce negative environmental impacts through the implementation of energy management plans and through significant improvements made to the quality of the initiatives taken.

 

The Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards is a platform that envisages prompting entities to embrace and enact opportunities to conserve energy and contribute to an energy efficient Sri Lanka. “We are truly honoured to have been recognized for the efforts we have taken towards efficient utilization, conservation and management of energy.  From inception to construction, a conscious effort has been made to ensure that sustainable methods are employed. Our hotels operate with a strong, focused commitment towards reducing the environmental footprint associated with the development and operation of a hotel while lending special attention to renewable sources of energy”, said Mr. Rohitha Rajaratne, Vice President, Engineering, Aitken Spence Hotels. 

 

 

Heritance Hotels and Resorts believe passionately in sustainable tourism and have been very active in engaging both guests and communities in promoting these ethics.  The chain of resorts have a comprehensive policy that focuses on the conservation of energy through the use of renewable energy. Heritance Hotels and Resorts aim to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels annually through the implementation of innovative energy efficient practices.

 

Aitken Spence is Sri Lanka’s largest resort operator and the largest international hotel operator in the Maldives. The Group also manages a portfolio of hotels in India and Oman. The company’s premier resorts operate under the brand Heritance.

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Bags Global Award for Best Ayurveda Resort

22 Apr

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was recognized as the “Best Ayurveda Resort” at the 4th FIT Health and Wellness Awards held at ITB 2013 in Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade fair.

 

The FIT Health and Wellness Awards are presented in three categories- “Best Ayurveda Resort”, “Best Health and Spa Resort” and “Best Active Wellness Resort”. FIT Reisen is Europe’s largest tour operator for wellness holidays. The accolade was awarded based on guest experiences with similar resorts across the globe.

 

ITB Berlin 2013 is the world’s largest meeting point of international tourism decision- makers and business leaders. The global tourism industry acclaims this summits’ dual function of a travel trade fair, to be the largest in the world and it acts as a global platform for diverse resorts to present itself.

 

Since time immemorial, man has been engaged in the pursuit of achieving and maintaining an optimum state of health. The emergence of Ayurveda in 600 BC as a natural way of healing has grown in global popularity as it has evolved into a scientific system of holistic healing. The resorts novel delivery of a professional Ayurvedic experience without the compromise of luxury has enabled it to carve its niche in the minds of wellness enthusiasts globally. This has helped Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara pave its way to been regarded as the “Best Ayurveda Resort” per global standards.

 

Heritance resorts have been conscious about sustainable tourism practices and their commitment towards this is clearly visible in the unique designs and sustainable processes customized and implemented at each resort. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara’s continued efforts to promote energy efficiency have provided a distinctive leverage against similar concept resorts. “Ayurveda has evolved into a holistic lifestyle system and it is viewed as a system of treatment and comprehensive health care. This view has been conceptualized to every aspect of the guest experience at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara which has earned the resort global acknowledgement”, said Mr. Samantha Gunarathne, General Manager, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara. A maintained promise of stringent standards of quality together with professional Ayurvedic treatments prepared by trained professionals has enhanced the delivered guest experience.

 

“The maintenance of constant innovation into adapting the traditional rituals of the Ayurvedic practice has helped Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara offer a differentiated unmatched experience. A consistent trend across the Heritance portfolio is the ability to incorporate the rich culture and tradition into the processes adopted by our resorts. This remains the core responsibility for our success”, said Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

 

Aitken Spence is Sri Lanka’s largest resort operator and one of the largest international hotel operators in the Maldives. The group also manages a portfolio of hotels in India and Oman. The company’s premier resorts operate under the brand Heritance. Image

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, First Hotel in Sri Lanka to be Net Metered

7 Dec

Aitken Spence Hotels’ first hotel property, Neptune Hotel, recently re-opened as Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara. Leveraging on innovative strategies in the area of renewable energy the Hotel recently broke new ground by being the first hotel in the country to enter into a Net Metering Agreement using solar photovoltaic as the renewable energy source.
The Government of Sri Lanka approved the concept of Net Metering in August 2009. In early 2010, LECO was the first to announce the new procedure. Net Metering is a special metering and billing agreement entered between utility companies and their individual customers which facilitates the connection of small, renewable energy generating systems to the power grid.
Solar Photovoltaic Systems can be broadly connected either as an Off-Grid System (solar power used to charge batteries) or an On-Grid System (solar power fed directly to the grid). The system installed at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara is a unique design having both features integrated into a single system. During the day, the power produced from the solar panels is used to charge the batteries as well as feed power to the grid. This has been achieved by increasing the capacity of the solar panels so that excess power is generated, more than required to charge the batteries. Once the batteries are fully charged, excess generated power is fed to the grid via the netmeter. During the night, the charged batteries are used to power the hotel garden lighting. The annual savings from the system is 4,639 kWh, equivalent to a reduction in the hotel’s carbon footprint by 3.4 Tonnes.

In addition, the hotel also has a solar hot water system for pre-heating the water before it is sent to the heat exchanger which acts as a storage for hot water. This reduces the furnace oil consumed by the boiler. The hotel will be saving 1,417 Liters of furnace oil annually thus mitigating its carbon footprint by 4.6 Tonnes.
The biogas plant uses kitchen garbage as the primary source for the production of biogas which is utilized in the herbal preparation unit of the ayurveda resort.

“It is encouraging that Aitken Spence Hotels has taken the initiative in implementing the first net metering installation in the LECO distribution network with renewable generation. We hope that other private establishments will follow suit and thus reduce the carbon burden on the environment”, said Dr. Narendra De Silva, Head of Engineering, Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt) Ltd
By adopting net metering, Heritance Hotels further reaffirms their commitment towards practicing sustainable tourism. “The installation of systems such as this help break our dependency on fossil fuels, add to the diversification of our current energy portfolio and most importantly helps lessen the environmental footprint associated with electricity generation and consumption. We all have worked extremely hard in order to maintain our existing sustainability practices while constantly coming up with new and innovative ways of enhancing the edge we have on the sustainability front, and we are delighted to be the first hotel in Sri Lanka to enter into a Net Metering agreement with the Lanka Electricity Company”, said Mr.Rohitha Rajaratne, Vice President, Engineering, Aitken Spence Hotels.
Heritance Hotels and Resorts believe passionately in Sustainable Tourism and have been very active in engaging both guests and communities in promoting these ethics. “All forms of tourism potentially has an environmental, social and economical impact on a country, we at Aitken Spence Hotels take all necessary measures to negate any detrimental impact a guest may have on the environment while holidaying with us.”, said Mr.Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.
The company’s premier resorts operate under Heritance Hotels & Resorts. Its latest Heritance property, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, commenced operation in July 2011. It has joined the award-winning Heritance Hotels & Resorts portfolio consisting of Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Tea Factory.

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Geared to Commence its Sustainable Operations

22 Jul

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Geared to Commence its Sustainable Operations
Situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Aitken Spence Hotels’ first hotel property, Neptune Hotel has re-opened as Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara. The authentic ayurveda resort has joined the groups’ prestigious Heritance portfolio. The Heritance brand mission is aimed at travelers experiencing, connecting with, and learning from Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage.
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara is about learning to live, enjoying and appreciating every moment, and in doing so, creating a personal path to health and wellness. Nestled within acres of lush tropical gardens, this beach front property represents tranquility at its best with its luxurious accommodation and ayurveda treatment facilities along with traditional Sri Lankan charm and hospitality.
Located in a secluded world of beauty and serenity, the 64 luxurious rooms include 16 standard rooms, 36 deluxe rooms, 7 suites, & 5 corner suites. The accommodation is inspired by a harmonious blend of East meets West and offers privacy along with stunning views of the gardens and azure ocean.

“At Heritance Hotels, we believe that our natural environment is priceless and as responsible citizens of the world we have a responsibility to protect it. As in with the construction and operation of all our Heritance properties, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara too has been constructed with a strong, focused commitment towards reducing the environmental footprint associated with the development and operation of a hotel”, said Mr.Rohitha Rajaratne, Vice President- Engineering, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Typically, energy costs are the second highest expenditure component of a hotel subsequent to the cost of human resources. As such Heritance Hotels has made a conscious effort to reduce its energy consumption. Lighting at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara has been restricted to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) for garden lighting, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) in public areas and rooms and T5 fluorescent bulbs in the back of house areas. In doing so, the hotel is on par with current technologies in energy efficient lighting. For the external lighting alone, 200 LED ground lights have been installed resulting in an annual saving of 27,448 kWh when compared to conventional lighting. This is equivalent to a reduction in the hotel’s carbon footprint by 21 Tonnes. This will result in a phenomenal achievement; the savings from this initiative can be used to power 25 average Sri Lankan households for an entire year.

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara has leveraged innovative strategies in the area of renewable energy. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels have been installed in order to convert solar energy directly into electricity. PV cells are made up of two or more layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon, which when exposed to light, generates electricity. Solar Photovoltaic Systems can be broadly connected either as an off-grid system (solar power used to charge batteries) or and on-grid system (solar power fed directly to the grid). The 3.5 kW system installed at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara has features of both off-grid as well as on-grid. During the day, the solar panels charge the batteries and feed any excess power generated to the grid via a net metering agreement. During the night, the batteries are used to power the garden lighting. The annual savings from the system is 4,639 kWh which is a reduction in the hotel’s carbon footprint by 3.4 Tonnes; this significant saving is equivalent to a one ton household AC running for a period of a year.

The existing central hot water system which was used during the operations of Neptune Hotel utilizes a boiler for the production of steam which in turn produces hot water by means of a calorifier. The proposed solar hot water system which will be installed shortly will be used to increase (augment) the temperature of cold water supply being fed to the calorifier. This will in turn reduce the furnace oil consumption by the boiler. The hotel will be saving 1,417 Liters of furnace oil annually thus mitigating its carbon footprint by 4.6 Tonnes.

Heritance Hotels sustainable practices have ranged from simple, hands-on activities like planting trees to more sophisticated areas such as on-site generation of renewable energy. Plans are in place for setting up a biogas plant at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, the biogas plant will use kitchen garbage as the primary source for the production of biogas which will be utilized in the herbal preparation area of the wellness resort. The property will operate primarily as an Ayurveda resort and as such the wet garbage production will be comparatively low when compared to a traditional hotel operation. An estimated 100kg of waste will be produced per month, which if used for biogas production, will save 2,800 kg of LPG annually. All wet garbage produced by the hotel will be utilized and disposed. In addition, the slurry from the plant will be used in the hotel premises as manure and the excess, if any, will be distributed to neighboring villagers.

In addition to the biogas plant, the central cooling system at the resort will operate utilizing a screw type chiller which will consume 0.769 kilowatts per ton of refrigerant (kW/Tr). Additionally the secondary pumps will be controlled by variable speed drives, thus ensuring that the pumps are utilizing only the required power.

“We believe that sustainable tourism will enhance and protect the environment we operate in. By using resources such as energy and water wisely, minimizing waste, conserving ecosystems and biodiversity, and sourcing locally where ever possible, our hotels are reducing the negative impacts that contribute to climate change”, said Mr.Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

The company’s premier resorts operate under Heritance Hotels & Resorts. Its latest Heritance property Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara commenced operations in July 2011. It has joined the award-winning Heritance Hotels & Resorts portfolio consisting of Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Tea Factory.