The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa, Malaysia: A 2010 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award Finalist

  • WHL Group
  • 6 September 2010

With the finalists of Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Award now announced, the honourable endeavours of six small- and medium-sized hotels and tour operators that champion responsible practices in the travel industry are being celebrated.

The first of the finalists to have received a visit from the Wild Asia team was the Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa in Malaysia. The modest resort is tucked away on a quiet stretch of Langkawi Island’s prime coastline, where it boasts a generous expanse of rugged beach with easy access to Langkawi Geopark (part of the UNESCO-assisted Global Geoparks Network), famous for its 99 unusual island formations, vertical sea walls and limestone caves.

Committed to protecting the local environment and minimising the waste generated by the resort, the owners of the Frangipani have introduced a variety of successful innovations in green technology perfectly suited to the idyllic location. The area’s abundant natural light – an average of 10 to 12 hours per day – has been taken advantage of by solar panels installed on each and every building to heat the hot water, thereby eliminating the need for electric alternatives. Plenty of thought has also been paid to conserving the island’s water supply. Mindful of water scarcity, the resort has built 85 water tanks to harvest rainwater, which is channeled for use in washing and gardening.

Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa even has its own wetlands, where grey and black water enter from septic tanks. The wastewater is naturally treated by a precise selection of plants that include water hyacinth, convolvulus, mimosa and water lilies, all coupled with a mechanical aeration device. The treated water is then pumped out of the wetlands and used to sustain the resort’s very own vegetable garden.

Passionate about sustainability and giving back to the local community, Frangipani frequently hosts environmental education workshops for local schools and university students. On top of this, the resort is actively involved in local socio-economic development. Currently they are working with single mothers from Tuba Island to produce and sell handicrafts made from recycled and natural materials, such as newspapers, seashells and the leaves of the pandanus tree. Thanks to all this, the hotel is now one of the greenest properties in all of Malaysia.

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Stay tuned to this space to learn more about the remaining five Responsible Tourism Award finalists, as we profile other finalists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The winners will be announced on 21 October 2010 during the Responsible Tourism Award ceremony at ITB Asia in Singapore (20–22 October 2010).

Together with the Awards will be a Responsible Tourism Forum and networking session jointly organised by Wild Asia, ITB Asia and The Blue Yonder. Themed ‘CSR in Travel,’ the forum will feature the Award finalists, winners, CSR leaders and green entrepreneurs among others. ‘CSR in Travel’ will cover topics such as tourism and sustainability, greening the supply chain and communicating Responsible Tourism, as well as share Responsible Tourism experiences by successful tourism operators, NGOs and social enterprises working in Asia.

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