Sustainability


Rooted in our corporate ethos of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People’, Banyan Tree’s sustainability approach emphasises on building in harmony with nature and contributing to the growth and development of the community where each of our hotels are planted. To learn more about the comprehensive and encompassing initiatives of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, please click here.

 

1

EarthCheck Bronze Certification


In 2018, the property was recognized for its effort in driving sustainable tourism and awarded with the Bronze certification.

2

Sustainability Achievements


Banyan Tree Huangshan is stringent on environmental practices and committed to corporate social responsibility. Since 2017, the property has participated in Earth Check, the world’s leading scientific benchmark certification and advisory group for conscious travel and tourism.

3

Plastic-Free Banyan Tree


Banyan Tree Huangshan is committed to our brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from our operations, as part of our continued effort to directly address the detrimental effect that plastic is having on the environment and marine life. In our first year, we as a Group managed to eliminate over 25% of targeted single-use plastic, meaning 1 in 4 of these items used will no longer be sent to landfill or end up polluting our environment. Aligned with the group, the property has also pledged to eliminate single-use plastic at the hotel.

4

Resource Conservation


Banyan Tree's efforts connect with the issue of global climate action by conserving resources through efficient operations, with external assurance by EarthCheck, the leading benchmarking certification within the travel and tourism industry.
Banyan Tree Huangshan has made efforts on resource conservation both at front of house and back of house. Over the last three years, normal light bulbs have been gradually replaced by LED lights.
Also found at Banyan Tree Huangshan is its very own organic garden. There, Associates plant vegetables, fruits and flowers. Harvest from the garden is sent to associate canteen or hotel restaurant.

5

Greening Communities Together


Our aim is to restore the natural environment, whilst raising awareness of climate change through tree-planting events, around the area in which we operate, with a current target of 2,000 trees per year. In the first ten years we planted almost half a million trees, and we aim to plant 25,000 during our 25th anniversary year.

6

Supporting Local Communities


Supporting long-term societal prosperity is central to Banyan Tree’s ability to create value for local communities and this is achieved by empowering them through job creation, education, supporting artisanal cooperatives, community impact initiatives, humanitarian relief and connecting travelers to local culture and heritage. Situated right next to Banyan Tree Huangshan is Lucun, a local village mostly with senior citizens as the younger generation has gone to first tier cities to work. Every year, Associates from Banyan Tree Huangshan get together and make dumplings by hand for the elders to enjoy.

7

Community Cleaning


We aim to organize a minimum of four cleaning activities each year, to engage members of the local community, our guests and our associates with the need for effective waste management and to promote responsible consumption of resources and maintaining a healthy environment.

8

Local Handicraft Activity


Culture is rooted to its people. In an effort to promote the beautiful Chinese culture, local artisans are invited by Banyan Tree Huangshan to teach guests about all sorts of handicraft. Interactive guest activities include bamboo knitting and woodcarving.

9

Earth Hour Activity


Earth hour is a meaningful event with the goal of raising awareness on energy savings and resource conservation. Each year, Banyan Tree Huangshan hosts a joint activity for guests to get acquainted with the theme. This year, the property introduced the concept of generating electricity through kinetic energy by installing stationery bikes for guests at the lobby.

10

Christmas Choir


Every wintery Christmas season, Banyan Tree Huangshan invites local school students to take part in the property’s Christmas choir. This activity is especially appreciated by students with an interest in performance arts as it gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents.

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