The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has awarded Banyan Tree Seychelles Resort and Kempinski Seychelles Resort with a sustainable tourism certificate each.
This took place at the Grand Seychelles Ball on September 21 at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort and Casino. The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, presented the awards to representatives of the hotels.
The SSTL is a sustainable tourism management and certification programme adopted by the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, in a bid to encourage more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business in Seychelles and is applicable to hotels of all sizes.
As tourism in Seychelles depends on the natural environment and pristine marine life, the importance of sustainable practices is very high in order to maintain the natural beauty of Seychelles and the preservation of its biodiversity.
Banyan Tree Seychelles Resort is tucked away in a private cove boasting the best view of the picturesque South Western coastline of Mahe, with the vicinities decorated with natural wetlands, a herb and vegetable farm and a lush forest that is home to 120 endemic species.
Kempinski Seychelles Resort on the other hand is surrounding by majestic granite rocks and lush vegetation located on the Southern end of Mahe at Baie Lazare. The natural surroundings make the perfect setting for guests to have unique experiences at the hotel.
After meeting the criteria to be certified by SSTL, Banyan Tree and Kempinski have established their eco-image as responsible hotels that strive to protect and preserve the natural beauty of Seychelles.
Overall, SSTL encourages hotels in Seychelles to mainstream sustainability practices into their operations with the aim of safeguarding the biodiversity and culture of the country and with that Banyan Tree and Kempinski are now added to the list of sustainable hotels along with Constance Ephelia Resort, Hanneman Holiday Residence and Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort and Casino.