BANGKOK, 13 September 2021:
Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, announces
its recent achievement of the “GSTC-Recognised
Standard
” status from
the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a milestone achievement in the group’s
commitment to long-term sustainability.

With the new GSTC
Recognition, Centara is the first Asian hospitality group to formally
incorporate the GSTC Criteria in its internal sustainability system called
Centara EarthCare.

“We are delighted to have
achieved the GSTC-Recognised Standard status, a crucial step in our journey to
a sustainable future. By advancing socially and environmentally conscious
business practices at Centara, we are directly ensuring that current and future
generations can live healthier and better lives,” said Centara Hotels &
Resorts CEO Thirayuth Chirathivat.

It enhances tracking
measures and improves environmental sustainability and social responsibility
across the group’s portfolio spanning 84 properties across Thailand, the
Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Oman, Qatar,
Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UAE. Centara has adopted the
GSTC-recognised Greenview Portal, an industry-specific system for hotel
companies.

To achieve the
GSTC-Recognised Standard status, Centara EarthCare was thoroughly reviewed by
technical experts and the assurance panel at GSTC to certify that the standard
adheres to the four pillars of the GSTC Criteria: Environment, Social,
Cultural, and Management principles.

As part of the group’s
goals for a greener future is a roadmap to reduce energy and water usage by 20%
within 10 years, as well as a significant reduction of waste and greenhouse gas
emissions.

To achieve these goals, the
group is implementing solar power projects and installing sub-metering systems
for water and electrical management. Energy conservation measures and heating
system upgrades are being implemented wherever possible.

“We remain committed to
incorporate green practices into our management approaches and corporate
identity. With the new GSTC-Recognised status, Centara EarthCare will be able
to provide a clear benchmark and guidelines for projects to further the
sustainability agenda to an internationally recognised standard,” said Centara
Hotels & Resorts. EVP of Hotel Operations David Good.

By 2025, Centara aims to
have 100% of its properties certified as sustainable by accredited
certification bodies as a key element of the organisation’s long-term
sustainability objectives and eliminate single-use plastic items in the entire
guest journey.

For more information about Centara Sustainability, visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/corporate-social-responsibility