S Hotels & Resorts wins major green leadership accolade at Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards 2020

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The rapid-growth hospitality management and investment company receives special recognition for its commitment to sustainability

The SHR team receives the coveted AREA accolades. From left to right: Arnupap Kamthong, Assistant Manager - Public Relations and Marketing Strategy, Singha Estate Plc; Sirithon Thamrongnawasawat, Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing Strategy, Singha Estate Plc; Dirk De Cuyper, CEO, S Hotels and Resorts Plc; Kullawit Limchularat, Manager - Public Relations and Marketing Strategy, Singha Estate Plc

BANGKOK, THAILAND: S Hotels & Resorts Public Company Limited (SHR), the flagship hospitality arm of Thailand’s Singha Estate Plc, was named the region’s leading company the Green Leadership category for Sustainable Hospitality with an Edutainment Approach at the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards 2020 virtual awards ceremony held on 23 September. 

Now in its milestone 10th year, the event recognises and rewards businesses and leaders that advocate sustainable and socially responsible business practices throughout multiple industries within Asia. The 2020 event marks the first time SHR has been recognised by the event, organised by Enterprise Asia, a leading non-governmental organisation for responsible entrepreneurship in Asia.

SHR is a fast-growing holding company that engages in the management of hotels and resorts and investments in international locations with a dedicated focus on sustainable initiatives. Since its inception in 2014, the company, which prides itself on promoting a sustainable development philosophy, has carried out various award-winning Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and initiatives at oceanside properties in Thailand and the Maldives, including the development of its flagship Marine Discovery Centres. 

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort’s Marine Discovery Centre is dedicated to the conservation of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park

“SHR’s commitment to sustainability is woven into the fabric of our company,” Dirk De Cuyper, CEO of SHR said. “We understand that we are the custodians of our destinations and have a duty to protect and preserve them for future generations, which is why we operate all our resorts in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, especially with regard to SDG14, ‘Life Below Water’.”

Staffed by a resident expert, the centres organise specific activities, such as coral propagation and clownfish breeding programmes, while the SHR management and resort operation teams collaborate with Singha Estate’s sustainable development experts on campaigns to raise awareness amongst of the importance of preserving and rehabilitating local and marine ecosystems. It is this commitment to sustainability with a focus on educating guests, staff and local communities in an entertaining manner that encouraged the AREA’s independent panel of judges to single out SHR for the coveted award. 

Other sustainability milestones for the company include its ongoing collaboration with Singha Estate Plc and the Thai National Parks Department on numerous conservation projects under the “Phi Phi Model” through the team at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. This includes provided mooring buoys at the resort to prevent boat operators anchoring and damaging coral reefs, as well as providing patrol boats for park officers that enable them to assist visitors and protect the corals. The property also in January 2020 became the first in Thailand’s Krabi province to receive the Gold Level Green Hotel Award, certified by the country’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, for its commitment to waste management, recycling and community-orientated programmes, as well as being designated a ‘plastic-free resort’ by the Thai Hotels Association in 2019. 

“We are delighted to have our efforts in recent years recognised by this highly-respected awards body,” De Cuyper added.

The Marine Discovery Centre at CROSSROADS Maldives is dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the country’s prestigious marine ecosystem

AREA has recognised more than 600 CSR projects in the last decade, with over 200 submissions from across 19 countries showcased in 2020. The independent panel of AREA judges, led by Dr Eugen Chien, former Minister of Environment of the Republic of Taipei, deliberated submission over a three-month period with the final winners being announced at the virtual awards ceremony this month. 

Santiburi Koh Samui was recognised as a carbon-neutral resort in 2019

SHR’s Marine Discovery Centres are free-to-enter facilities that feature a wide range of interactive exhibits and educational displays explaining the lifecycles and habits of the unique marine species endemic to each region. The first centre opened at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort in 2018, and the second was launched in 2019 at CROSSROADS Maldives. A third Marine Discovery Centre has been planned at Santiburi, the carbon-neutral resort in Koh Samui certified in 2019.

To discover more about SHR’s sustainability initiatives and projects, please visit www.shotelsresorts.com/sustainability.

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About S Hotels & Resorts Public Company Limited
S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited (SHR), the hospitality arm of Singha Estate Public Company Limited, is a fast-growing, Thai-inspired company with an extensive international portfolio and world-class standards. Specialising in the management and investment of high-quality hotels and resorts in desirable destinations across the globe, SHR has created a collection of its own distinctive lifestyle brands, whilst also partnering with the hospitality industry’s leading names. The company aims to set new standards for leisure and lifestyle through diversified business platforms and to enhance value for all its stakeholders based upon a philosophy of sustainable development and delivering benefits to local communities. To learn more, please visit www.shotelsresorts.com or follow us on FacebookInstagramYoutube, or LinkedIn

For more information and high-resolution images, contact:

Lalita Somboonsuk (Ta)
Corporate Marketing Communications Manager
S Hotels & Resorts | Singha Estate PCL
Tel: +66 (0) 2058-9888 ext. 320
E-mail: lalita.s@shotelsresorts.com
Website: www.shotelsresorts.com
David Johnson
CEO, Delivering Asia Communications
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