Since the Group’s genesis of remediating an old disused tin mine into a veritable haven in Bang Tao Bay, Banyan Tree has been committed to sustainable tourism development.
Simply by staying at Banyan Tree, Angsana, or Cassia resorts, guests contribute to supporting social and environmental efforts in the region and globally. Hotel efforts span the spectrum from passive support to active in hopes of inspiring guests to become fully engaged in sustainability.
Opportunities for guests to be a part of social and environmental sustainable tourism include:
Sustainability themed celebrations
Sustainability is the theme of three group wide celebrations across the year, spanning from Earth Hour in March, to World Environment Day in June, and to World Food Day in October annually.
In 2007, Banyan Tree launched Greening Communities as a challenge for properties to raise awareness for climate change by planting 2,000 trees per year. The main goal of this reforestation campaign is engagement of communities, associates, and guests to share the causes of climate change and how to reduce our collective footprints. Though 31 December 2014, Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts had planted 358,885 trees, well over the cumulative target of 286,272 trees to plant.
Due to overwhelming guest feedback, Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts have engaged in a continuing effort to open up their resort specific sustainability initiatives such that guests could join and participate in those efforts. Click here to Join Us with any of the upcoming activities
Banyan Tree Labs
In addition to resort specific efforts to preserve habitats and ecosystems, Banyan Tree has taken the proactive stance to provide research facilities with resorts. This started with the Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab (2004), continued with the Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab (2007, Banyan Tree Al WadI Nature Reserve (2009), and the upcoming Banyan Tree Seychelles Wetlands facility.
Meet for Good
Eat for Good
One of the ways Banyan Tree seeks to enable long term prosperity for the communities in which it operates by harnessing core competencies to address issues facing the community. In the case of Seedlings Café, a social enterprise eatery concept aims to empower young adults via vocational training, with Banyan Tree’s Food & Beverage expertise creating lasting positive impacts.
Launched in 2007 to nurture young people at risk of societal exclusion, Seedlings Mentorships aims to provide young people with the motivation and means for completing their education in preparation for entering the labour force.
Green Imperative Fund mechanism
At Banyan Tree branded properties, guests are invited to support these efforts via a small contribution of US$2 per room night, under an “opt-out” arrangement. At Angsana properties, the amount is US$1 per room per night. Hotels then match these guest contributions, dollar for dollar.
Continuing an initiative launched in 2007 to conserve natural resources, Banyan Tree furthered this commitment in 2010 by starting to roll out the EarthCheck program across all resorts. Banyan Tree is proud to partner with EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental certification and benchmarking platform for the travel and tourism sector.
While guests can choose to be conscientious to minimize their energy and water consumption at the hotel, Banyan Tree seeks efficiency solutions which are invisible to guests. By adhering to the EarthCheck program, Banyan Tree aims to implement comprehensive and rigorous quantitative evaluation of sustainable operations performance against sector and region Baseline and Best Practice standards.