Since 2007, the HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific) Sustainable Hotel Awards have recognized hotel operators and developers that demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and responsible development. Through the awards, HICAP hopes to inspire sustainable development to help preserve global and local environments and cultures. Likewise, as a global brand, Shangri-La is proud to support sustainable programs that benefit global and local communities.
In September 2017, HICAP announced Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as a winner of this year’s HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards under the Positive Community Impact category for the group-wide culinary initiative Rooted in Nature.
Launched in 2014, Rooted in Nature sets a group-wide standard for culinary social responsibility and positive community impact. Through the initiative, Shangri-La aims to increase the economic livelihood for local producers, preserve the local culinary traditions and heritage of our communities, and provide unique culinary offerings that will inspire guests.
Throughout 2016, Shangri-La served nearly 2,000 Rooted in Nature dishes across the group’s restaurants and dining outlets that met at least one of the program’s criteria, including: being locally grown within a 20 kilometer radius; chemical-free; sustainably sourced; or certified organic or Fairtrade. Along with on-property Rooted in Nature practices, the group extends its sustainability knowledge to suppliers and provides support, training and feedback to maximize the greatest sustainable impact.
We’d like to thank HICAP and the panel of judges, including: Lyndall DeMarco, managing director of Only Sustainability Pty Ltd; Robert Day, senior vice president of WATG; Prashant Kapoor, EDGE program lead and principal specialist of Green Buildings, IFC; Eric Ricaurte, founder and CEO of Greenview; and Masaru Takayama, founder and chair of Asian Ecotourism Network, for awarding Shangri-La with the sustainability accolade. HICAP award winners will be recognized at HICAP on Friday, October 20 in Hong Kong.
Shangri-La is proud to be a thought leader in the industry and looks forward to enhancing Rooted in Nature and other programs to create the greatest global positive impact.