BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the Green Leaf Foundation recently bestowed a prestigious environmental award on the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok. The “Thailand Tourism : Environment Friendly Hotels Award ” was presented by Tourism and Sports Minister Dr. Suvit Yodmani at a special award ceremony in Bangkok.
Organized to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Thai King’s 80th birthday anniversary celebrations by the TAT and the Green Leaf Foundation, the award received 151 hotel entries with only a small handful making it to the final selection process.
The Chaophya Park Hotel is notable as being an environmentally conscious establishment reflecting the award’s objective in recognizing meritorious contributions within the hotel industry.
“We are immensely proud of this award not only because it means our work is receiving recognition but it will also make other hotels or large establishments more aware that there are means of preserving the environment,” commented Andrew J. Wood, general manager of the Chaophya Park Hotel.
“In the past four years, we have pursued an ambitious program to help the hotel become increasingly aware of the impact we have within our society and community and how we can become greener with regards to our environmental responsibilities. Our most rewarding project so far is switching from diesel burning boilers to heat pumps and LPG with its primary objective in cutting down the use of diesel fuel completely,” Mr. Wood added.
The installation of heat pumps has not only brought a noticeable reduction in fuel consumption but also certification from The Energy Efficiency Institute (Thailand) that acknowledges the Chaophya Park Hotel as its partner in energy conservation and energy efficiency.
The Chaophya Park Hotel’s general manager further added, “Various measures have been introduced which include seeking cooperation from guests in reducing the amount of water, detergent and energy without compromising their comfort during their stay with us.”
“We continuously evaluate and explore techniques that the hotel can adopt to follow on the path of ecological preservations. We firmly believe that every little effort adds to the bigger picture and the future of this planet is in all of our hands.”