Banyan Tree Climbs to Top of ‘Green’ Ladder

17th July 2007 (Last Updated July 17th, 2007 11:21)

Thai spa resort the Banyan Tree in Phuket has been named the greenest hotel in Asia by online travel company www.Agoda.com. The resort won the title as part of Agoda's 'Top 10' pick list of eco-friendly hotels in Asia. The site says more and more travelers are making decisions

Thai spa resort the Banyan Tree in Phuket has been named the greenest hotel in Asia by online travel company www.Agoda.com.

The resort won the title as part of Agoda’s ‘Top 10’ pick list of eco-friendly hotels in Asia.

The site says more and more travelers are making decisions on where they stay based on environmental principles.

According to the International Ecotourism Society, approximately 70% of travelers are happy to pay a premium rate for a hotel that is ‘green’.

The International Tourism Partnership has released ‘Green standards’ that include six key areas: environmental management, policy and framework, staff training and awareness, purchasing, people and communities and destination protection.

“It’s only natural that tourists want to conserve the sites they are visiting and give something back to the community,” Agoda CEO Michael Kenny says.

Other hotels in the top 10 include La Residence d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Amar Vilas in Agra, India and the Alila Ubud and Manggis Resorts in Bali, Indonesia.

By staff writer