Green tourism has become an important trend in recent years, with travelers and hospitality operators alike all doing their best to minimize the impact that tourism can have on the environment.
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, which is set directly on the beach in a small bay that can only be reached by boat or along a pathway through the national park that surrounds the resort is especially aware of its environmental responsibilities having last year been awarded EarthCheck Silver Certification for its environmental management programs.
As part of the resorts ongoing commitment towards environmental responsibilities Centara Grand Krabi has launched their own water bottling plant using a reverse osmosis system. Also known as hyper filtration, this process allows the removal of particles as small as ions from a solution therefore reverse osmosis is used to purify water and remove salts and other impurities in order to improve the color, taste or properties of the fluid.
“We have been working on this concept for some time now, and have followed the pattern that we have at our Grand Island Resort in the Maldives,” says David Good, vice president for operations at Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“Our bottling plant filters the water, which comes from underground wells, and uses renewable glass bottles rather than plastic bottles.
“We save on unnecessary use of fuel in transporting bottled water by boat, and we do not have the environmental problem of disposing of plastic bottles.
“Our own art department, under the direction of Winfried Hancke, has created a distinctive label for the glass bottles, and we feel that in addition to the environmental advantages we have a very attractive product.”
David Martens, general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi says that the bottled water commenced distribution to our guests in September of this year, with an extremely positive reaction from our guests.
This is the first water bottling plant for Centara in Thailand and with the successful roll out of this service in Krabi, Centara Hotels and Resorts is examining the possibility of a similar system being installed at other resort properties, as part of its corporate environmental program.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 48 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 26 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar, Laos and Oman brings the present total to 74 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 30 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with 7 branches of the value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens have their own leisure zone. Centara also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an affordable lifestyle brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at affordable prices; the brand is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.
Centara is a member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .