SWITCH-Asia Greening Sri Lanka Hotels Project goes to Arugam Bay

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The SWITCH-Asia team took the greening message to 44 hoteliers in the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka on 16 November 2010.

It was a special invitation extended to the project team by M. H. A. Raheem, the Chairman of the Arugam Bay Tourism Association (ABTA) which was aimed at making the hoteliers aware about the project and its deliverables, namely, enhancing the environmental performance of Sri Lankan hotels through improvement of energy, water and waste management systems.

The participants were enthusiastic about reducing the cost of operations of the hotels at this world famous Surfers’ Paradise.

The hoteliers were keen about the outcome they would receive by participating in the programme which will give them the opportunity to brand and market their hospitality establishments as ‘low carbon foot print hotels’ and thereby increasing the market acceptance among the growing number of eco-conscious tourists.   

The SWITCH-Asia Greening Sri Lanka Hotels Project offers free advice, consultation and publicity from a renowned and well established organisation; The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The project is another novel concept initiated by the Chamber and this is the first time that the Sri Lankan hotel sector is receiving free guidance pertaining to environment friendly tourism.  

The project has now signed-up a total of 110 hotels and collation of data is now underway. Intervened energy audits have already begun in a few selected establishments.