Sentosa is Asia’s leading leisure destination and Singapore’s premier island resort getaway, located within 15 minutes from the central business and shopping districts. The island resort is managed by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), which works with various stakeholders in overseeing property investments, attractions development, and operation of the various leisure offerings and management of the residential precinct on the island.
The 500-hectare island resort is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences – making Sentosa a vibrant island resort for business and leisure. Making Sentosa its home, too, is Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park.
Situated on the eastern end of Sentosa Island is Sentosa Cove, an exclusive oceanfront and residential enclave bustling with some 2,000 homes, romantic quayside restaurants, retail and specialty shops. The Island is also proud to be home to Sentosa Golf Club and its two acclaimed golf courses, Sentosa Golf Club hosts the SMBC Singapore Open and the HSBC Women’s World Championship, featuring some of the world’s best golf professionals.
Welcoming a growing number of local and international guests every year, Sentosa is an integral part of Singapore’s goal to be a global destination to work, live and play. For more information, please visit: www.sentosa.com.sg.
SDC has committed to two major ambitions: to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and to become a globally recognised, certified sustainable tourism destination. Part of our Sustainable Sentosa strategic roadmap, these goals are in support of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 in building a sustainable Singapore and safeguarding a greener world for future generations of Singaporeans and global visitors. SDC has since launched various sustainability-focused initiatives and experiences, creating an important ecosystem for solutions, education, and ideas in the island’s sustainability journey.
SDC regards GSTC as the apex body for sustainable tourism standards for destinations and operators.
Vireo’s auditors demonstrated professionalism and objectivity throughout the certification process, providing balanced perspectives on best practices from around the world as well as appreciation for the context of our operations. They were able to revert to our queries promptly and accurately, referencing their knowledge of the GSTC Destination criteria requirements. Overall, it was a very positive experience that made the certification journey a rewarding one for us as well as our businesses on the island.
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Sustainability in travel and tourism is no longer an optional "nice to have", but a business imperative. Our customers need inspiring and transformative experiences that positively contribute to the people and places they are visiting. Our destinations need solid long-term management approaches to ensure tourism remains a positive force for good, for visitors and residents alike. GSTC Ecotourism standard focusing on below principals.
Principle 1 : Sustainability Management is an act of balancing the conflict between economic development and sustainability. As such it must thoughtfully develop by company considering needs of resources, interest parties, risk and crisis management, legal compliance, then put into action by limiting resource depletion to achieve planned result. These actions translate into policies to support company business success by maintaining economic viability, nourishing needs of present and future generations.
Principal 2 : Social and Economic of local community is benefit by providing economic opportunity to increase standard of living whilst improving social condition. These actions in directly maintain ecological resource integrity and reduce carbon footprint through low impact, non-consumptive resource use of local resources. For customer it shall provide accessible to site, encouraging them contribute to community in responsible manner, which actually encouraged them to live more sustainable at home.
Principal 3 : Cultural heritage reflect how human being developed by a community, transmitted generation to generation therefore it is vital to preserve because it keeps our integrity as a people. Hence site shall be protected by law prevent exploitation or deterioration, make available of committed fund to rehabilitates or restoration identified tangible or intangible cultural assets, whilst accurate interpretation must communicate with visitor to ensure they behave when visit a cultural sensitive site.
Principal 4 : Environmental aspect is the way your activities impact the environment, therefore company must have a system to manage it at its threshold level, acquire sustainable benefits both for present and future population, and make public available if needed. The system shall aimed at protection, monitoring, improvement, scientific management of the biodiversity, comply applicable law and accurate interpretation to minimize adverse impacts.
In today market place, many tourism businesses claimed they provide sustainable ecotourism experience, however only certification by 3rd party certification body according to GSTC standard is to protect integrity of tourism business by distinguish genuine ecotourism businesses from other that make faulty claims.
Achieving GSTC accredited certification shall benefit tourism businesses not only highly regard as an organization that comply to legal, social, environmental safety and health standards, but also an evident they're operating an effective sustainable management system that care for future and not merely only for presence. In additional each of their employee that went through certification process also learn element of sustainability in their operation, focus change on their businesses, responsible and respect to cultural and biodiversity, and to encourage them to live more sustainable in their living lifestyle.
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GSTC Accreditation plays an important role in providing strong evidence of policies and practices for sustainable management of businesses and destinations on the basis of those organizations becoming certified sustainable by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body. Vireo Srl is one of the GSTC Accredited Certification Body that approved to conduct GSTC Destination, and GSTC industry Criteria for Hotel & Tour Operator.
GSTC certification conducted by 3rd party certification body acts as a guarantee for all those who want to experience tourism in a sustainable way.
Resorts World Sentosa has strived to make a positive difference by adopting responsible practices, using sustainable sources wherever possible across it premise and resort. They were recently certified by Vireo Srl according to GSTC Destination, and GSTC Industry Criteria for 6 of it unique Hotel.
Achieving GSTC certification is highly regard as an organization that comply to legal, social, environmental safety and health standards, but also an evident they're operating an effective sustainable management system that meeting international expectation.
The environment is the third most important reason for travel and the first factor of loyalty for most of sustainable tourist. For this reason, it is essential that tourist destinations and hotels develop an offer suitable for users who are more attentive to sustainability, and aware of the need to adopt measures aimed at safeguarding the environment.
With that aimed in mind, Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA) with land size 58,840 ha, also known as Sabah’s Lost World is a huge bowl of pristine forests described as one of the few remaining relatively untouched wilderness areas in the world has appointed Vireo AP to be their sustainable certification partner.
Movement Control Order that experienced by most of Malaysian doesn’t deterred MBCA top management to move forward, instead they took the opportunity by improving their staff knowledge and skill on GSTC requirements. Now we are proud to announce the rest house in MBCA is certified according to GSTC Industry Criteria for hotel.
Congratulation to the team for their hardwork and commitment.