JUST HOW “GREEN” CAN A HOTEL BE?

Anthony Wong is Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, AOS Conventions & Events, Frangipani Hotels & Resorts, Frangipani Natural Farms, Eco Green Design & Construction and Construction Wetland. In 2005, he set the goal of making Frangipani the “greenest hotel in the world”. We asked him what constitutes a “green” hotel.

Most green hotels have 20 or 30 criteria, but here there are over 200 documented ways! We have our own chickens, ducks, fish and vegetables. This year we are embarking on showing the locals how to do hydroponic farming using recycled elements. Many people think it’s very expensive to build a green hotel, and I say, “No, it may cost you 5-10% more, but you will obtain savings of 15-30%.

We treat our raw sewage to drinking standard using water plants and microbes on non- constructible land. We have nine bee hives on site, with stingless bees. We grow a lot of our own food here. Last year we harvested three tons of organic mango. We even have our own mulberry trees from which we make tea. In the next three to five years, we will be making bio-gas from waste food and human waste, and the liquid from this process will go to my organic farm on the rooftop. This property will be a best-case example and a green hotel school.


Photos: Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, AOS Conventions & Events, Frangipani Hotels & Resorts, Frangipani Natural Farms, Eco Green Design & Construction and Construction Wetland.