This Earth Day, IHCL, Goa marked the occasion with the achievement of EarthCheck Certification across most of its hotels in the state. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in Benaulim; Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa in Sinquerim and Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa in Candolim achieved the Platinum Certification representing 14 continuous years of social and environmental impact by ensuring sustainable tourism management practices.
(Sustainability specialist, EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification, and business advisory group for the tourism and travel industry. EarthCheck supports destinations and business operations in over 70 countries in six languages and 32 industry sectors. Since 1987, they have helped businesses, destinations, communities and governments deliver clean, safe, prosperous, and healthy places to visit, live, work and play.)
In line with its commitment to making a positive impact with an integrated approach towards creating sustained growth, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), Goa’s largest hospitality company, continues to make strides in strengthening its sustainable business practices. Guided by its framework of Paathya, IHCL has undertaken a number of initiatives including phasing out single-use plastic, reduction in carbon footprint, water conservation, utilization of renewable sources of energy, and extensive community engagement.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Vincent Ramos, Area Director – IHCL, Goa said, “At IHCL, Goa we constantly endeavor to grow responsibly and contribute towards preserving the environment in a meaningful way. Our sustainability goals are aligned with that of the changing world we live in. It is imperative that we focus on a new tomorrow – one that is more sustainable and inclusive. In its pursuit of excellence and creating a benchmark in the tourism industry, IHCL, Goa will continue to drive responsible tourism with sustainable practices.”
Additionally, various initiatives were organized at the hotels for staff and guests to raise awareness and bring to light environment-friendly alternatives for a greener future. Some of the activities included creative reuse of waste, sapling plantation, nature walk, informative session on benefits and misconceptions of adopting electric vehicles by Tata Motors, and donating re-usable stainless steel tiffin containers to El Shaddai Charitable Trust in Candolim and Calangute.
IHCL, Goa remains one of the largest hospitality operators in the state of Goa with the maximum number of hotels and rooms under a group of brands including Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta, Ginger, and amã Stays & Trails.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels, and Ginger, which is revolutionizing the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 200 hotels including 42 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries, and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is South Asia’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
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