A Strong Advocate Of Sustainable Tourism

05 October 2012, Official Press Release
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A STRONG ADVOCATE OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino Is the First Resort in Seychelles to Be Certified With "Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label"

MAHE, OCTOBER 2012 – Being a seasoned establishment of sustainable practices, it is no surprise that Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino is the first resort in the Seychelles to be accredited for its constant belief and practice in sustainability by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) at the annual Seychelles Tourism Ball. The 1st SSTL Certificate was presented to Ken Choo, General Manager of the resort by the Minister of Tourism & Culture, Mr Alain St Ange.

SSTL has a selective criterion which covers areas such as management, waste, water, energy, staff, conservation, community and lastly guests, to be fulfilled before accrediting them as Sustainable Tourism players. Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino fits perfectly into all of SSTL’s specific measures to help encourage and make known Sustainable Tourism in Seychelles. Choo was elated upon receiving this inaugural award which endorses Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino as a certified Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Hotel. This hospitality establishment has stepped up to its responsibility, taking the brave role as a leader to promote as well as ensure future sustainability and will definitely be an exemplary towards other businesses.

Choo emphasised that adopting sustainable practices is the “right way forward” and that he is indeed happy to share some of the resort' sustainable practises with other members of the trade and visitors.

"This year’s theme 'Powering Sustainable Development' is very relevant because as the global business environment becomes more challenging, we as hotel operators will have to swiftly adopt various sustainable practises in order to maintain our competitive advantage. As we cannot prevent external shocks from affecting our business, we can however change the way we operate in order to lessen the effect of these shocks, thus maintain a healthy margin of profit."

"In our quest to achieve the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL), the management and staff learn of ways to make our business more sustainable and thus lower operating cost. We had to adopt new practises for example, using rain water and river water to water our plants in the garden instead of using water from the tap. It takes a little adjustment at first for the garden staff but obviously the benefits outweigh the extra effort placed in. On our energy conservation efforts, we have moved away from high power halogen bulbs to LED and CFL bulbs which lower electricity consumption by a significant amount. We also learn how to set up Crisis Management Policies which will become useful when there is an unexpected crisis", added Choo.

"Our efforts above make sense because they not only help us be conscious of the environment, but also indirectly help us achieve a greener bottom line."

An established tourism organisation, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino’s sustainable initiatives are in line with Berjaya Hotels & Resorts’ Loving Earth commitment towards the improvement of the environment for the future of generations to come.

Media Contacts:  

Suresh Rajenthiran
Executive, Corporate Marketing & Communications
Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
DL: +60 (3) 2117 8141
E: suresh.rajenthiran@berjayahotel.com

Marie Low Sya Lene
Assistant Manager, Corporate Marketing & Communications
Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
DL: +60 (3) 2149 1869
E: marie.low@berjayahotel.com

Abel Nelson Nang                               
Corporate Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications
Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
M: +6012 8518024
E: abel.nelson@berjayahotel.com


About Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino – Seychelles

Blessed with the wonders of nature, Mahe Island is the home to Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino, a premium resort under the hospitality arm of the public listed Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya Corporation. Situated just 15km away from the Seychelles International Airport and a mere 5km from the capital, Victoria, the 232 rooms and suites resort is set to fascinate your senses with the panoramic view of the pristine island. Recreational activities are never-ending as guests have splendid fun under the sun, plunging into the blue sea for deep-sea fishing, soaring into the air while paragliding and even trying some luck in the casino. The bliss and tranquility of the island coupled with the comfort of the cozy, warm suites at the resort is no doubt the reason for a longer stay. Visit online at www.berjayahotel.com/mahe for more information.

About Berjaya Hotels & Resorts

Berjaya Hotels & Resorts is a member of the Berjaya Corporation Group of Companies, a public listed Malaysian conglomerate. Presently, the group manages Berjaya properties in Malaysia, Asia Pacific and UK. From the exotic island resorts of Tioman and Langkawi to the city hotel of Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts’ prominence in Malaysia is further enhanced by the establishment of International hotels and resorts in Singapore, Philippines, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, London and Vietnam. As a premier hospitality group, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts also owns and operates a commercial airline, service suites and exclusive golf & country clubs in Malaysia. Visit online at www.berjayahotel.com for more information.