The Stella Awards Recognize Shangri-La Group’s Sustainability Initiatives In The Meetings Industry


Established by Northstar Meetings Group in 2017, the Stella Awards recognize suppliers that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals. The honors celebrate overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, sustainability initiatives and other critical aspects of the meetings experience. Shangri-La Group is proud to be recognized with 10 awards, including the Gold and Bronze awards in the Best Sustainability Initiative category won by Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu and Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai, respectively, as well as the Gold award for Best Hotel Chain.


Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu won the Gold award for Best Sustainability Initiative for its 64-acre Rasa Ria Reserve that showcases and preserves the unique Borneo rainforest, home to numerous plants and animals found only on the island.


Located in the 130-million-year-old jungles of Malaysia, the enhancements focus on local nature conservation and education through scenic walking trails, hiking, a Discovery Centre, Canopy Walkway, Waterfall Garden Area and more.


The Rasa Ria Reserve presents guests the unique opportunity to explore some of the world’s oldest rainforests and one of the most biodiverse places on earth.


Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai won the Bronze award for the Best Sustainability Initiative for its superb execution of Ride for Hope, a multi-day multi-city cycling event in China to benefit the Ai You Foundation Morning Star Project. The program supports children with developmental hip dislocation disabilities in China.


Ride for Hope was launched in 2018. As of October 2020, the event raised RMB5.7 (about USD862,525) million funds, has helped 141 underprivileged children with hip disabilities and has sponsored surgeries for 139 children with congenital heart disease.


During Ride for Hope, cyclists ride through 68 cities across China, stopping at Shangri-La properties that host celebratory and fundraising events. As a testament to the hotel colleagues’ successful execution, Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai also received the Silver award for Best On-Site Support Staff.


Congratulations to our dedicated staff at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu and Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai for consistently delivering best-in-class service through meaningful sustainability initiatives, as well as Shangri-La Group colleagues around the world for helping achieve the Gold award for Best Hotel Chain.