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Tuesday January 26, 2010

10 hotels in Malaysia now hold Green Award status

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Five hotels in Malaysia have been chosen as the new recipients of the Asean Green Hotel Award 2010, bringing the total number of such hotels in the country to 10.

The five hotels are The Andaman Langkawi in Kedah, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Mines Wellness Hotel in Selangor, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Tuaran and Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

The Asean Green Hotel Award 2008 recipients which managed to retain their status were Hotel Melia Kuala Lumpur, Nexus Resort Karambunai in Sabah, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa in Penang, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa.

The Asean Green Hotel Stan­dard is an essential tool to support Asean as a world-class quality destination.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, in a statement, said among the criteria used were encouraging the use of green products, provision of training programmes for operation on environmental management and introduction of waste management techniques such as recycling.

A total of 155 hotels from 10 Asean countries received the award yesterday during the Asean Tourism Forum 2010 being held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club here.

In an unrelated development, the tourism ministers of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philip­pines (BIMP) launched the “EQUATOR ASIA” brand and logo as a “single tourism destination” hailed as the world’s most biologically productive regions.

EQUATOR ASIA is located along the equator covering the BIMP East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

During a press conference, Dr Ng credited the country’s strategic planning and good crisis management as the key tools to recording the highest increase in percentage of tourist arrivals among Asean countries.

“We have accountable leaders to be on 24 hours standby for crisis management so that immediate actions are taken,” she said.