Thai Garden Resort receives prestigious Travelife Gold Award

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The Thai Garden Resort is pleased to announce that for the second time it has received the prestigious Travelife Gold Award which is valid for the years 2013-2015.

The Travelife Awards are presented to those hotels which have shown a significant commitment towards sustainable tourism and preserving the environment while improving local community relationships.

The awards come in Bronze, Silver and Gold and the Thai Garden Resort has achieved the Gold Award.

In order to qualify for the award an audit of the hotel is conducted by the Travelife team and proof of policies and procedures needs to be presented to the inspectors.

The hotel has to show that it is committed to preserving the environment. The Thai Garden Resort has implemented tools like solar panels to produce hot water for the guest rooms, installed water saving devices, and uses heat exchangers whereby the hot air from freezers and walk-in refrigerators is not blown into the outside air, but being re-routed to be used to produce warm water. Grey water is being re-cycled and being used to water the gardens. Purchase of food items is being done in bulk in order to avoid plastic packaging. Glass bottles for drinking water are used in the hotel rooms instead of plastic one-way bottles, and the list goes on.

Guests are encouraged to play an active role in saving the environment by re-using towels and bed linen if they wish to do so and reducing the usage of electricity without having to compromise on comfort.

However the award also covers the hotel’s social commitments towards the local community.

The resort donates items which are no longer used in the hotel, such as furniture and linen, to local communities, it supports local charities through the Toy For Joy project which collects goods and monetary funds for the orphanages in Pattaya, invites underprivileged children to use the hotel’s swimming pool, and creates training programs for orphans to teach them all aspects of the hotel operations.

The award is highly respected by European Tour Operators, such as TUI and Thomas Cook, since they want to ensure that their guests are staying in hotels which not only care for the environment, but also contribute towards the local community as well.