Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts, a chain hotel group spread in a number of locations across Indonesia including Bali, Lombok, Pekanbaru, Bandung, and Papua, has been certified “Eco Hotels” by TUV Rheinland from Germany.
Aerowisata, a subsidiary company of Garuda Indonesia, gained recognition for its commitment to enhance aspects in waste management, water treatment, conservation, efficient electricity usage, and better overall environmental development.
The certificate was presented by President Director of TUV Rheinland Indonesia, Muhammad Asana at Hanoman Garden, Sanur Beach Hotel, Bali on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, that was also attended by executive Vice President of Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts, Anton Pratono.
In his speech, Anton stated that the certification is an acknowledgement for Aerowisata hotels reducing negative impacts and preserving the environment, which are part of the Green program conducted by Garuda Indonesia. Furthermore, this achievement is hoped to attract more international tourists, especially from Europe, since Europeans are very concerned with preserving the Earth.
TUV Rheinland is a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services with as guiding principle the achieving of sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between man, technology, and the environment.
“We are proud to announce that Aerowisata Hotels & resorts is the first hotel groups that received the ‘Eco Hotel’ certification from TUV Rheinland,” said Muhaman Asana, President Director of TUV Rheinlad Indonesia. “The ‘Eco Hotel’ certification is valid for three years, and every three months an evaluation will be conducted,” said Asana. If the standard is not met, then the certification will be withdrawn.
Nowadays, an eco-friendly hotel has become the priority for international tourists, especially from Europe. Thus, the certification becomes an important assurance of the ‘eco-friendliness’ of a hotel or accommodation.
“Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts are continuously conducting every effort to implement the environmental commitment through a series of training for the staff and encouraging our guests to support the ‘Eco Hotel.’ As a result, we have received this certification, which will benefit us in the promotion of our hotels, especially to visitors from Europe,” said Anton.
General Manager of Sanur Beach Hotel, Francis Dehnhardt, expressed his gratitude to all the staff and employees for the achievement in gaining the “Eco Hotel” certification. The process in gaining recognition has been on-going since the hotel was first established about 37 years ago. “Even though it took a big investment, the certification has helped us a lot in reducing operational costs and also impacted in a significant increase in occupation,” Denhardt stated.
Along with the Sanur Beach Hotel, there are 5 other Aerowisata Hotels that also received the “Eco Hotel” certification. These are: the Senggigi Beach Hotel in Lombok, the Grand Preanger Hotel in Bandung, the Labersa Grand Hotel & Convention Center in Pekanbaru, and the Aerotel Biak in Papua.