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Gold Green for Knai Bang Chatt

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Kep province’s Knai Bang Chatt hotel is the first in Cambodia to receive the gold certification in the international Green Growth 2050 initiative after it was accredited by industry experts.
In August, an Australian team of experts conducted an independent audit and found that the hotel covered more than 400 corporate social responsibility and sustainability indicators, ranging from human rights to environmental stewardship.
Cambodia Hotel Association’s  executive director Carrol Sahaidak-Beaver, who was quoted in the release, called it an “incredible achievement” and said that the gold certification could have a ripple effect on Cambodia’s tourism industry. The certification, she said, reflects “the commitment by the owner and his team on not only respecting the environment but the sustainability of Cambodia as ‘the destination.’”
Wayne McKinnon, CEO of the Australian-Belgian consultancy firm that developed the certification system, said that the dynamic rating system, which is based on annual audits, incorporated international best practices as well guidelines from the United Nations and the International Labor Organization.
“Their willingness to embrace new ideas, implement new strategies and establish an ongoing framework of operational best practice has resulted in their gold certification to the Green Growth 2050 Global Standard. This is a truly outstanding effort,” Mr. McKinnon said.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon in March called for all hotels and businesses to comply with the green hotel standards, a concept which is being implemented across the Asean region.
Mr. Khon said that by the end of March, 41 hotels in Cambodia had won the Asean Green Hotel Standards Awards.

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