NEW YORK—Songtsam, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel collection and Destination Marketing Company, located in the Tibet and Yunnan Provinces of China announced the construction of Songtsam’s first zero-carbon hotel, the Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso located in Tibet. Expected to open in July 2023, the 120-room retreat will be Songtsam’s 16th and largest property.
Founded in 2000 by Baima Duoji, Songtsam has always had a strong commitment to the preservation of the essence of Tibetan culture, as well as environmental conservation and sustainability by supporting the economic development of the local communities.
In making the announcement, Duoji noted, “Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso will partner with Siemens and Schneider Electric to strive to build Songtsam’s first zero-carbon hotel. The entire hotel will achieve maximum zero carbon dioxide emissions through building energy saving systems and by making full use of solar power generation and energy storage.”
Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso will also give 5 percent of the operating income to the adjacent Jieba village every year. Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso will provide at least 120 jobs for villagers from the local community. The property itself will be built in such a way that it will become an integral part of the landscape surrounding the local village.
Duoji hopes that the opening of the hotel will allow more guests to experience the Tibetan scenery and hopes Songtsam’s zero-carbon implementation will serve as a model for other businesses in the area to become more sustainable.