Wednesday, February 8, 2012
PALAWAN hideaway, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa, was recognized as one of the recipients of the 2012-2014 Asean Green Hotel award in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia during the 2012 Asean Tourism Forum held Jan. 8 to 15.
Citing the 16-suite resort’s environment-friendly and sustainable features, Daluyon bested thousands of well-known Asean resorts for the award given only every two years.
There were a total of 81 recipients for the recognition. In the Philippines, Mandala Spa in Boracay, Aklan also received the award.
According to the property, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is well known for taking extra measures not only to promote the natural beauty of their location, but also to protect and help sustain the rich ecosystem surrounding the resort. The resort was constructed using eco-ethical materials, and much of its operations put priority in sustaining its environment-friendly atmosphere. Daluyon was nominated by the Department of Tourism.
The award was received by Daluyon chairman and CEO Ruben “Butch” Tan, with wife Maria, and brother Clifford with wife Deborah Tan. The awards were presented by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, Mari Elka Pangestu, Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez along with director Ma. Rica Bueno. Also present where tourism ministers from Asean countries Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
“Nature has always been an important asset for Daluyon. This is why we go out of our way in ensuring that nature is not only promoted in our resort, but protected and sustained. This award is truly a recognition of our efforts not just in Daluyon, but the Palawan government as well,” said Butch Tan.
The following criteria were considered in choosing the recipients of the award: environmental policy and activities for hotel operation; use of green products; collaboration with the communities and local organizations; human resources development; solid waste management; energy efficiency; water efficiency; air quality management (indoor and outdoor); noise pollution control; waste water treatment and management; and toxic and chemical substance disposal management.
Handing out the awards is expected to reap numerous advantages for the tourism industry. It particularly improves the awareness of those who are involved in the hospitality business regarding global warming and other natural phenomena affecting our environment. It helps in promoting healthy competition in the Tourism Industry.
Also, it uplifts the quality of the hotels in Asean countries. Lastly, the Asean Green Hotel Awards promotes Asean as a single tourism destination.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 09, 2012.