Amorita Resort, Bohol’s premier luxury resort in Panglao Island, was once again recognized as an ASEAN Green Hotel. In a recent ceremony in Manila, the Philippine Department of Tourism recognized Amorita Resort as one of ten ASEAN Green Hotel awardees from the Philippines whose environmental efforts met the criteria set by the ASEAN Tourism Standard. Amorita Resort, the flagship property of boutique hotel group One-Of Collection, was also one of the top five Philippine properties presented with the ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2018-2020, at the recently concluded ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The ASEAN Green Hotel Standard is intended to establish a professional “green hotel operation” that includes an environmental plan benefitting not only the hotel itself but its environment and communities. The award recognizes accommodation establishments committed to operate with environment-friendly principles and practices.
In a statement, Atty. Lucas Niccolo “Nikki” Cauton III, CEO of One-of Collection, said that Amorita Resort’s operations are anchored on the principles of sustainable tourism. “For our second win, we have made a lot of improvements on our green initiatives. Investments in local farming are now supplying produce for farm-to-table dining experiences at our restaurant. Our organic garden now produces herbs for morning tea for guests to enjoy. We expanded our rainwater catchment facility and upgraded to more efficient water heater systems, which have led to 17% reduction on power consumption and 21% reduction on water consumption. We are now using more recyclable materials in our continuous effort to minimize use of plastic, thereby reducing waste. Our staff also went through an intensive environment conservation training, and we are now supporting Turo-Turismo, a local project that aims to enhance the hospitality skills of our youth.
These are all on top of continuous activities such as our weekly beach clean-up and book reading project under our corporate sustainability program called Project ECHO – short for actions and initiatives on Environment, Community, and Heritage by One-Of Collection”. We recognize that our responsibility goes beyond our resort; it’s linking our business goals to the communities to create a positive long-lasting impact.”