SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives – Centara Hotels and Resorts Maldives (Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives & Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives) celebrated International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer 2015 and the 30th Anniversary of Vienna Convention by holding an underwater symposium at the depth of eight meters at a reef known as “Thoshihaa” (a nearby reef that surrounds Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives) on September 16, 2015. This is the deepest underwater gathering of this kind to ever take place in the Maldives.
The symposium pledged more emphasis and commitment by Centara Hotels & Resorts Maldives on alignment with global resolutions to reduce carbon emissions. The symposium was concluded after 10 management officials from both properties of Centara Hotels and Resorts Maldives signed a treaty to significantly reduce carbon emission in the next six years.
On this treaty, Centara Hotels and Resorts Maldives declares to uphold the on-going initiatives to protect the ozone layer, reduce carbon emission by implementing specific activities and programs along with further investing in green technologies over the next six years.
Mr. Abdulla Mohamed Didi, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment in the Maldives and Mr. Sergio Arias, Resident Manager of Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives inaugurated the event. Additionally, officials from Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Tourism were also in attendance under the sea.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel group, with 48 deluxe and first-class properties across Thailand, as well as 24 hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China. Centara also operates 30 branches of Spa Cenvaree, an award-winning spa brand, together with 6 branches of the value brand “Cense by Spa Cenvaree.” The company’s Kids’ Clubs are available at all their family-friendly resorts. Centara also operates three state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok, as well as two in northeastern Thailand. The latest Centara brand to be launched is COSI Hotels, an affordable lifestyle brand; the first property is due to open in 2016.
Centara is a member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .