S Hotels & Resorts Achieves Green Globe™ Certification for Second Year

S Hotels and Resorts PCL, the esteemed global hospitality company under Singha Estate PCL, recently announced the successful attainment of Green Globe™ Certification for its renowned beachfront properties in Thailand and the Maldives for the second consecutive year.

This achievement signifies a remarkable milestone within the framework of a comprehensive, three-pillared integrated global sustainability strategy, aimed at enhancing guest experiences through sustainable initiatives while simultaneously pursuing carbon neutrality and biodiversity enhancement targets by 2030.

Sustainability Milestones in Thailand and the Maldives

In a notable display of commitment to sustainability, S Hotels & Resorts‘ properties in both Thailand and the Maldives have been recognised with Green Globe™ Certification for the year 2024.

S Hotels & Resorts Achieves Green Globe™ Certification for Second Year

The distinguished properties include SAii Phi Phi Island Village, SAii Laguna Phuket, and Santiburi Koh Samui in Thailand, along with the renowned CROSSROADS Maldives project. This includes SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, and The Marina @ CROSSROADS, all of which have received the prestigious certification for the second consecutive year.

Leading the Way in Sustainable Tourism

Green Globe™ stands as the premier certification for the sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism worldwide, holding an Affiliate Member status with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). S Hotels & Resorts has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to sustainability, integrating it into every facet of its operations through a strategic approach guided by three primary objectives:

  • Carbon Neutrality by 2030: S Hotels & Resorts is dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, aligning its efforts with global sustainability targets.
  • Biodiversity Enhancement: The company aims to increase biodiversity by 30% by 2030, fostering the preservation and restoration of ecosystems within its operational areas.
  • Elevating Guest Experiences: Sustainable initiatives, such as Marine Discovery Centres, are integral to enhancing guest experiences while promoting environmental stewardship.

Expanding Conservation Efforts

Spearheading sustainable conservation initiatives, S Hotels & Resorts has embarked on the “Pleuk Pa Duay Plai New” project in collaboration with Singha Estate Group.

S Hotels & Resorts Achieves Green Globe™ Certification for Second Year

This project, also known as “Million Trees for Tomorrow,” focuses on expanding green conservation areas at Singha Park in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. For every square metre developed, an equivalent area of land is dedicated to reforestation efforts.

Notably, this initiative has already conserved 634 acres of land and planted 6,200 trees, including indigenous species like honeycomb ginger, over the past two years. The initiative aims to plant one million square metres of forest by 2025, with a particular focus on areas supporting 21 species listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List.

Initiatives Driving Sustainability and Community Engagement

Recent initiatives underscore S Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to sustainability and community engagement. These include:

  • Nature Trails and Signage: Introduction of nature trails and signage at Santiburi Koh Samui and CROSSROADS Maldives to showcase diverse flora and fauna.
  • Community Engagement Activities: Engaging in community activities, such as street markets in the Maldives to promote local businesses and partnerships with local schools for educational initiatives.
  • Marine Conservation: Through initiatives like the “Save Our Sharks” programme, S Hotels & Resorts actively participates in marine conservation efforts, such as releasing bamboo sharks into the sea and nurturing shark eggs at Marine Discovery Centres.
S Hotels & Resorts Achieves Green Globe™ Certification for Second Year

Michael Marshall, CEO of S Hotels & Resorts, reaffirms the company’s commitment to sustainable development, highlighting the significance of Green Globe™ Certification for its properties.

He emphasises the ongoing efforts of the entire team and outlines the ambitious targets for carbon neutrality by 2030. Mr Marshall also discusses the partnership with Singha Estate for the “Pleuk Pa Duay Plai New” initiative, underscoring its pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions and fostering environmental conservation.

Conclusion

S Hotels & Resorts’ achievement of Green Globe™ Certification for its properties in Thailand and the Maldives for the second consecutive year is a testament to its unwavering dedication to sustainability. Through strategic initiatives and partnerships, the company is not only enhancing guest experiences but also driving positive environmental and societal outcomes.

As S Hotels & Resorts continues to lead the way in sustainable tourism, it remains committed to shaping a more sustainable future for the hospitality industry and beyond.

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