Sri Lankan luxury hotel brand Jetwing has received an Environmental PATA Grand Award for their entry which focussed on the sustainable implementations in place at Jetwing Yala, which includes a solar panel array and a cinnamon wood powered biomass boiler.
This is the third year Jetwing has won a PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award. This year Jetwing is also receiving a PATA Gold Award in the Marketing category for ‘The Front Desk’.
The PATA Gold Awards put the spotlight on tourism innovation and excellence. This year’s awards attracted 269 entries from 83 organisations and individuals worldwide, the highest numbers since 2007. Judged by panels of experts, the PATA Awards recognise exceptional achievement in six categories:-Marketing, Environment, Heritage and Culture, Education and Training, Marketing Media and Travel Journalism with Grand Awards given for four.
Jetwing Yala was launched in January 2014, and has quickly established itself as the premier resort in the Deep South of Sri Lanka. Featuring 80 rooms and 10 luxury tented villas, Jetwing Yala brings world class luxury and hospitality to the wilderness of Yala, in a stunning location overlooking massive sand dunes and the vibrant hues of the Indian Ocean.
Jetwing Yala was designed from the ground up with sustainability in mind. Eco inclusions include an acre dedicated to a solar park containing over 1000 panels, generating 40 per cent of the hotel’s electricity demand, a biomass boiler which utilises cinnamon wood to power a vapour absorption chiller (which in turn powers air conditioning) and a composting machine that reduces processing from the standard 40 days to 14-20 days.
“This is a victory for Sri Lanka, and not just Jetwing” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “If you look at all the other winners, the majority belong to the tourism authorities of countries – Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and Korea for example. To be recognised and winning both a Grand and a Gold Award speaks volumes about our efforts, and proves that we as a country and a company are on the right path”, he continued.