Shangri-La Tg Aru receives Green Hotel Standard award

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KOTA KINABALU: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu has received the prestigious ASEAN Green Hotel Standard award from the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024 (ATF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, recently in recognition of its sustainable tourism practices.

ASEAN secretary-general Dr Kao Kim Hourn presented the award during the 9th ASEAN Tourism Awards ceremony on January 26.

The event was held at the side-lines of the ATF 2024 where a total of 192 establishments were honoured with the ASEAN Green Hotel, ASEAN Clean Tourist City, ASEAN MICE Venue Award and ASEAN Sustainable Tourism awards.

The ASEAN Green Hotel Standard is an ASEAN initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around ASEAN.

And, it fosters sustainable tourism through the adoption of the environmentally-friendly and energy conservation – compiling, adapting and creating the tools and training to engage in ASEAN Green Hotel practices.

This Sabah premier beach resort is recognised as the market leader in the state’s tourism industry with its outstanding employee care packages, continued financial achievements and sustainable environmental practices that have been recognised since 2000 when it was first awarded the international ISO14001 certification.

ASEAN awarded Shangri-La Tanjung Aru with the Green Hotel recognition for its environmental practices – for example, reusable glass bottles are used in the guest rooms for storing drinking water, filtered in the resort’s own bottling plant and guests are encouraged to actively participate in reusing bed linens.

Others included the installation of food waste monitoring system to prevent oversupply of food and the use of LED lights throughout most of the resort to reduce energy consumption.

The resort is also educating the people especially young guests about marine conservation at its Clownfish Discovery Centre.

The secretary-general of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Dato’ Roslan Abdul Rahman, on behalf of his minister Dato Sri Tiong King Sing, attended the official announcement and awards ceremony.

(The resort’s Quality and ESG Manager Joyce Murang (centre) is seen in the photo showing resort guests the touch tank at the Clownfish Discovery Centre)

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