Marina Bay Sands (MBS) in Singapore has been certified to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Industry Criteria for Hotels and Accommodations for its continued efforts in implementing innovative sustainable solutions.
The resort’s achievement of the GSTC certification is in line with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Singapore Hotel Association’s (SHA) announcement of the Hotel Sustainability Roadmap in March 2022, which targets 60 per cent of the hotel room stock in Singapore to attain internationally-recognised hotel sustainability certification by 2025.
The GSTC Industry Criteria for Hotels aims to promote the best sustainable tourism practices around four main themes: effective sustainability management, minimising environmental impact, maximising social and economic benefits for the local community, and enhancing cultural heritage.
Jeannie Lim, assistant chief executive, policy and planning group, STB, said: “(Marina Bay Sands’) efforts support our goal to become one of the world’s most sustainable urban destinations, guided by the Singapore Green Plan 2030. We also hope that their example will inspire other hotels to strive toward similar goals in line with the Hotel Sustainability Roadmap.”
Meridith Beaujean, executive director of sustainability, MBS, shared: “The GSTC certification is a testament to Marina Bay Sands’ ongoing commitment to minimise our environmental impact while providing our guests with a luxurious experience.”
MBS also recently received the Special Award for Sustainability at the STB’s annual Singapore Tourism Awards in 2022.
Having reduced its carbon footprint by over 50 per cent since 2012, MBS is focused on annual performance goals in Energy, Waste, Water, Resource Management, Sustainable Procurement, Biodiversity and has a global commitment to the Science Based Targets Initiative, pledging to reduce Las Vegas Sands Corp’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17.5 per cent by 2025.