Nikoi Island Announced As The HICAP “Sustainable Communities” Award Winner
The Long Run Fellow Member Nikoi Island has won the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Award for Sustainable Communities. The 2016 winners were announced on 20th September and will be presented at the HICAP awards on Friday, 21 October in Hong Kong.
The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 with the aim of recognizing hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and environmentally and culturally responsible development. The awards hope to inspire industry-wide commitment to sustainable development as standard practice in order to contribute to the preservation of global and local environments and cultures.
The Island was recognised for sourcing nearly all construction materials, labor (including 150 current staff) and operating supplies locally, and also for its significant community impact through the creation of The Island Foundation, which works with coastal communities to improve their health, education and income.
“From an initial focus on establishing a network of learning centers for local children, the centers have expanded into programs for adults including health education, sanitation and arts and crafts,” a press release from HICAP said of the work of the Foundation.
“The Foundation also provides training workshops for teachers that are recognized by the Ministry of Education and lead to obtaining higher salaries. Additional initiatives include helping villagers sell and market arts and crafts, organizing a children’s sports program and assisting an indigenous Orang Laut (sea nomads) village improve education access and open a dialogue with the government to address issues faced by this marginalized community. Over 500 children have registered at the six learning centers established to-date, while an estimated 8,000 villagers have benefited directly from Foundation funded programs.”
Other winners announced on Tuesday include The Temple House in Chengdu, China in the Sustainable Project Design category, and ITC Grand Chola in Chennai, India and Jetwing Yala in Yala, Sri Lanka for Sustainable Operations.
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