El Nido is top Asian Travel awardee for environment

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GoodNews Pilipinas

El Nido Resorts’ Be G.R.E.E.N. (Guard, Respect, Educate El Nido) campaign is the winner of the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Gold Award 2011 – Environmental Education Programme.

Be G.R.E.E.N. is a 5-course environmental practices training seminar that educates ALL staff of El Nido Resorts in biodiversity conservation, environmental legislation, ecological solid waste management, water conservation, and energy conservation.

Since Be G.R.E.E.N. was launched in 2007, more than 800 full-time and part-time staff have successfully completed the training modules to make sure they understand their role in upholding the company’s environmental principles.

Nature Interpretation trainings are also provided annually to the resorts’ Marine Sports Guides. Through this, the guides are able to share their knowledge of El Nido’s unique biodiversity to guests. This increased awareness leads to better appreciation, stewardship, and conservation of the environment.

Ten Knots Development Corporation, owner and operator of El Nido Resorts, upholds responsible tourism through long-term sustainable practices. Other projects include marine turtle conservation, coastal and underwater clean-ups, installation and maintenance of mooring buoys. El Nido Resorts also offers nature-based guest activities and sustainable menus, and provides employment opportunities for the local community.

El Nido Resorts’ luxury eco-resorts are located on Lagen Island and Miniloc Island in El Nido, Palawan, and on Apulit Island in Taytay, Palawan. A fourth property, the luxurious Pangulasian Island Resort, also in El Nido, will open end of this year.

The 2011 PATA Grand and Gold Awards Presentation was heldat the PATA Travel Mart in Beijing, China on April 11. Year after year, PATA highlights exceptional endeavors that deliver the best Tourism Practices in the region. This year, PATA received 223 entries from 102 organizations and individuals worldwide.

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