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Published on : Thursday, July 23, 2015
El Nido Resorts recently won the Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for the Environmental Education Programme category, a distinction it garnered by rallying its partners, the local community including schools and other groups to support its training programs on sustainability.
“This is as much of a win for the Philippines, as it is for the resorts,” Al Legaspi, president and CEO of El Nido Resorts remarked. “As the leading advocate of sustainable tourism in the Philippines, we have set a benchmark for other tourism related services to follow on how we not only operate responsibly, but also influence the community around us to live out how to be green,” he said.
“With our entry, ‘Be G.R.E.E.N. Beyond El Nido Resorts,’ we have gathered the entire El Nido community, from various schools, local boat operators, fisher folks, local government units, to our staff and our airline partner Island Transvoyager Inc., to go through the Be G.R.E.E.N. (Guard, Respect, Educate, El Nido) educational program which touches on biodiversity conservation, water conservation, energy conservation,ecological solid waste management, and environmental laws,” explains Mariglo Laririt,El Nido Resorts Director of Environment and Sustainability.
The PATA Gold Awards unveils the very best of Pacific-Asia tourism practices, as it “puts the spotlight to celebrate travel and tourism excellence and innovation revealed by the works and projects awarded” yearly. It aims to raise the standards of the tourism industry stakeholders in the region.“This award is another boost to our group that we are doing things right in terms of responsible tourism and sustainability programs, practices and operations,” Legaspi adds.
El Nido Resorts previously won twice the prestigious PATA Gold Award, first in 2000,when it started its environmental education campaign among its staff, and second in 2011, for the Be G.R.E.E.N. program.