The first-ever Skal Asia Ecotourism Award 2010 has been won by the Chaophya Park Hotel & Resort, Bangkok. The hotel’s general manager, Mr. Andrew J. Wood, is pictured receiving the Skal Asia Ecotourism Award 2010 from Skal Asia, with president Gerry Perez (left), and Skal International VP and director of development Tony Boyle (right) at the 39th Skal Asia Congress in Cebu, Philippines, May 27-30, 2010. Two other awards were also given during the conference – Skal Asia Club of the Year went to Skal Intl Singapore, and the Skal Asia Personality of the Year went to Skalleague Patrick Fiat.
The award will be offered each year to the Asian Area Skålleague, or teams of Skålleagues, who have, through practical example, undertaken an environmentally-responsible project that has benefitted the community at large.
The Skål Environmental Award for Asia is given to any Skålleagues that, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplified the following criteria. The benefits may be numerous and should include as many of the following criteria which will be evaluated and marked by the judges:
1. Reduces waste and emissions and energy use.
2. Uses the principle of 4 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replace) in a practical and successful project that has deemed to be positive to the community.
3. Protects and conserves the cultural heritage of the destination and its peoples.
4. Shows excellent examples of education and sharing of best practices with the community at large and with employees, customers, and their children.
5. Receives recognition for Skål International and its environmental principles.
6. The project has potential to be sustainable and self supporting.
7. The project provides job enrichment and job opportunities that were not available prior to the commencement of the project.
8. The project is well documented and accurately records all tangible benefits and cost savings and benefits.
ABOUT SKAL ASIA
Skal Asia is proud to be part of SKAL International, the largest association of tourism professionals uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Skal Club #13 in Jakarta, is Asia’s oldest and first “Skal Club” established outside of Europe in December 1934.
With more than 2,600 members in five national committees and 44 clubs, SKAL Asia’s growth in recent years is a reflection of the area’s vibrancy despite a difficult business environment. From the small island of Guam, to Japan, Hong Kong, SE Asia, India, and West Asia, to the far reaches of Bahrain and Jerusalem and the Middle East, to Mauritius and many countries in between, SKAL is perhaps the most diverse Area Committee to be found in the world of SKAL International.
The Skal Asian Area president, Mr. Gerry Perez, commented: “We are a non-political organization. However, our members are managers and executives who can make a difference through contacts with local, national, and international leaders on matters that affect tourism.”
“Our industry is one that accounts for 10 percvent of the world’s GDP and nearly 900 million travelers around the world annually. And as the financial contagion normalizes in the years ahead, we can expect Asia’s tourism growth to be significant. The 21st century has ushered phenomenal growth in Asia, and the prospect for membership growth is full of promise. The challenge for us all is to assert our leadership roles in the communities we serve and to harness the goodness of peace and friendship while alleviating poverty, exercising proper stewardship of tourism resources, and inviting others to join our cause,”said Skal Asia president Perez.
For further information, please contact Mr. Robert Sohn, director of PR & communications, Skal Asia, at email@example.com .