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Eco-Friendly Langkawi Resort Rewarded

Eco-Friendly Langkawi Resort Rewarded

The efforts of eco-friendly Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa have been rewarded.

The secluded five-star resort was recently highly commended in the Large Hotel Category at this year’s Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards organised by www.responsibletravel.com

With more than 80 percent of Frangipani’s workforce from the local community and 40 percent of its food produced on the island, the judges were impressed. The resort also has a large environmental management programme designed for improving the local environment, extensively planting native trees and maintaining a wetland in the resort.

Frangipani is situated along 400-metres of beautiful golden sands at Pantai Tengah, in southwest Langkawi. The resort is a 15-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport and a short walk to the island’s top restaurants, cafés, bars and shops at Pantai Tengah.

Launched in 2004, the awards are run in association with partners World Travel Market, The Daily Telegraph, Geographical Magazine and BBC World News Service. They are the most prestigious and competitive of their kind in the world. This year a record 1,976 nominations were received from travellers around the world voting for tourism ventures that provide outstanding holidays that also benefit local people and destinations.

The award also creates awareness amongst hotels, resorts and tourism operators that there are greener operational policies that ultimately reduce environmental impacts. Resort owner, Mr Anthony Wong, said after acknowledging the award: “The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa has implemented various greening programmes to streamline its daily operations and to minimise environmental impacts. Since the resort’s inception in 2006, we have set out to implement various policies to reduce our impacts upon the environment. Some 100 initiatives are in place and listed on our website and we hope these will become a model for other resorts to follow.”

Mr Wong remarked that various measures have been introduced at the resort including reducing consumption especially wastage, effectively managing energy usage to reduce wastage, using environmentally-friendly detergents, filtering the resort’s ‘grey water’ through a wetland and working with the local authorities to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to the island’s limited landfill.

“Everyone in the Frangipani community from the owners to management, staff and guests is encouraged to participate in our programmes and we find that we have the full support of all. Being an island, Langkawi has many sensitive environmental variables that need to be carefully managed if tourism on the island is to be sustainable,” he said.

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