CHICAGO—Preferred Hotel Group, which includes 350 hotels and resorts in more than 50 nations, recently recognized three of its members with its Preferred Pineapple Award for their exceptional efforts in the areas of environmental well-being.
Through its recently launched program entitled “GIFTTS: Great Initiatives for Today’s (Tomorrow’s) Society”, the company initiated its Preferred Pineapple Award. The award was presented at the Preferred Hotel Group Annual Conference in Las Vegas last week. Additional members received Certificates of Excellence in recognition of their good works.
“The purpose of GIFTTS is to provide a meaningful platform to showcase individual actions on a larger scale and share best practices within the hospitality industry,” says John Ueberroth, c.e.o., Preferred Hotel Group. “GIFTTS is a program that has enormous value in all of our communities. We believe in taking great ideas for giving and multiplying them. We’re delighted with the breadth and quality of our members’ involvement in their locales and within the global community.”
Preferred Pineapple Award recipients in the area of Environmental Well-being include the following:
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Spa, British Columbia. Clayoquot is notable for the extent of their environmental commitment. Opened in 1998 and set in a protected biosphere reserve, the property delivers a uniquely deluxe eco-tourism experience. All aspects of the operation are low impact and updated as technology allows. Comprehensive recycling governs the food and beverage experience, organic gardens reduce commercial dependency, and gravity-fed turbines generate electricity and hot water.
Tongsai Bay, Thailand. Tongsai Bay is an ecological sanctuary and promotes sharing of its grounds with wild animals for their benefit as well as that of visitors. More than 50 types of birds and other animals, including squirrels, monitor lizards, butterflies, fireflies and a recently spotted Slow Loris make their homes on the grounds which are carefully maintained through natural means.
Palace Hotel, Tokyo. The Palace Hotel started recycling all kitchen waste and garbage in 1992. Through a bio processor, fertilizers are made from kitchen waste. Licensed by the Tokyo Municipality, the fertilizer—called “Eco Palace”—is sold at the hotel and used for growing its own vegetables and rice.
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