INCHEON, Korea – Asian Oasis’s Lisu and Lanjia Lodges have been honored at the Skal Sustainable Development in Tourism Awards held at the Songdo Conevensia. The award was announced by the President of Skal International Thailand, Andrew J. Wood, and presented by Vice President of Skal International, Karine Coulanges during the 73rd Skal World Congress.
The Diversey Special Recognition Award shares its aim with the Sustainable Development in Tourism Awards (SDIT), presented by Skal International. The award acknowledges innovative projects that transform the conventional understanding of sustainability and that embrace the important principles of safety, risk management, and corporate responsibility.
Asian Oasis’s Lisu and Lanjia Lodge are prime examples of properties that have gone beyond protecting and preserving while decisively transforming its business into a sustainable enterprise. The properties were awarded with a unique trophy provided by Diversey.
The company has won praise from the President of Skal International Bangkok Dale Lawrence. Speaking at the award presentation in South Korea, Mr. Lawrence said, “Asian Oasis has made a substantive contribution to sustainable tourism in the region. This is a company that delivers at every level within the organization and this award recognizes, quite rightly, the company’s commitment and achievements.”
What are the criteria for winning the award?
Projects that combine successfully the multiple elements of sustainability (people/profit/planet) and that inspire a new and innovative thinking for sustainability – including alternative and creative approaches to sustainability.
Who are the judges and how do they make their evaluation?
This special recognition, presented in the frame of the Skal SDIT Awards, was judged by Diversey experts. Diversey, Inc. is a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions to the institutional marketplace, serving customers in the lodging, food service, retail, health care, food and beverage sectors, as well as building service contractors worldwide. The company has a platform to showcase the passion of its people for providing a cleaner, healthier future for generations to come.
Skal, the world’s largest organization of travel and tourism professionals, has presented Ecotourism Awards each year since 2002. The initial awards program was launched following a United Nations declaration of the “Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains.” The awards recognized best practices around the world in the areas of ecotourism and environmental responsibility. As awareness has grown about the broader strategic value of sustainability, Skal consulted with Diversey to expand the program.
Asian Oasis owns and operates Lisu Lodge and Lanjia Lodge. Lisu Lodge was founded in 2007. In 2009, Asian Oasis thoughtfully expanded with the introduction of Lanjia Lodge.
Lisu Lodge is situated in a small Lisu tribal village 50 kilometers away from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lisu Lodge stands proudly as a success story of a truly integrated culturally- and environmentally-conscious development. Built in traditional Lisu style with an eye for western comforts, the lodge overlooks the lush fields and hills surrounding the valley and serves as a base-camp for a magical blend of adventure, relaxation, and insight. Lisu Lodge was created to provide meaningful experiences for its customers focused upon community development, environmental balance, cultural learning, nature discovery, and adventure.
Lanjia Lodge is an eco-friendly, community-based lodge nestling on a hill overlooking the Mekong River and Laos, two hours by car from Chiang Rai, Thailand. Lanjia (“peaceful” in Hmong language) delivers a total experience. The Hmong and Lahu villagers participate in all aspect of delivering this unique experience, which is sure to leave the traveler with a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, these unique communities.