Business News from Sri Lanka: Heritance, Kandalama, owned and operated by Aitken Spence Hotels hospitality chain, would quickly add to the hotel more sustainability characteristics.
General Manager of Heritance, Kandalama, Priyan Wijerathne, said they’re planning to add a boat service that connects the hotel with the neighboring island to provide a new gusts experience. “We plan this with excellent responsiveness to avoid disturbing the natural environment. In a bid to prevent cars coming into the reception region to drop and grab guests, the hotel would quickly implement a unique transport scheme from the safety checkpoint, using solar/electric buggies to further decrease the hotel’s environmental and noise pollution.
“Last month, Heritance Kandalama was the only property to be recognized by the National Sustainability Tourism Certification (NSTC) in the Platinum category, which was the NSTC’s largest accolade, while receiving a unique prize for Environmental Conservation. The Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) launched this recognition in mid-2018 with the technical and monetary help of the UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).
“We are continuously working on an annual basis to improve the process, combining our expertise with emerging trends to serve the industry in the most sustainable way,” she added.
Heritance Kandalama pioneered the integration of environment and social-conscious practices into hotel operations while implementing a comprehensive 7R system (Reject, Reduce, Reuse, Reclaim, Repair, Replace and Recycle) to reduce carbon and waste footprint.
Heritance Kandalama is the first Green Globe 21 accredited hotel in Asia, the first LEED-certified hotel in the globe and the first hotel chain in the globe to have a licensed power management scheme (ISO 50001:2011) among its many accreditations.
“The hotel also plans to provide hotel visitors with a hot air ballooning experience by entering one of the operators in the region.” Commenting on the occupancy and impact of the Easter Sunday blasts, he said the effect was not as expected’ bad.’ “The occupancy of our local clients increased, so the effect was not very important.” Wijerathne, with more than two centuries of experience in the hospitality industry, said that the hotel would also continue to invest aggressively in its CSR operations.
“We’re going to begin youth training or hospitality school from September 30 and over the past year we’ve trained and employed over 30 people from the region.” Heritance Kandalama’s landmark effort is the enriching forest cover through reforestation and conservation. “Heritance Kandalama, a pioneer of many eco-initiatives, has celebrated 25 years this year and we have accommodated more than two million guests.”