El Nido Resorts received the Sustainable Hotel Award in the Sustainable Destination category during the 21st annual Hotel Investment Conference-Asia Pacific (HICAP) held last October 15, 2010 in Hong Kong. The HICAP is Asia’s biggest and longest-running hotel investment conference and is attended by leading industry professionals. The Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable practices and to inspire industry-wide commitment to sustainable development and operations.
ENR operates two luxury eco-resorts on Lagen Island and Miniloc Island within the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area in northern Palawan. An international panel of experts evaluated the resorts’ sustainable efforts, ranging from the development site selection and master planning to activities and programs.
ENR received the award for its various programs that cover marine and terrestrial ecosystem preservation and protection. Projects include marine turtle conservation, coastal and underwater cleanups, and installation and maintenance of mooring buoys. ENR was hailed for embracing nature-based guest activities and sustainable menus, providing environmental education programs for guests and staff, and providing employment opportunities for the local community.
The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award adds to the global recognition of El Nido Resorts’ green practices and commitment to responsible tourism.