Paradise Solar Resort on Seychelles’ second-most populated island of Praslin is the latest recipient of the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label, the tourism division mentioned on Wednesday.
A consultant from Paradise Solar Resort, Richard Marguerite, obtained the institution’s credentials and certificates from Sherin Francis, the Principal Secretary for Tourism, in a short ceremony on the Tourism Division headquarters.
Marguerite mentioned that “the administration of the resort feels proud to be a part of the SSTL and pledge to proceed their efforts for a greener Seychelles.”
He added that most of the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label necessities have been already being carried out on the institution underneath the steering of their head workplace and that the certification additionally serves as a advertising device.
Paradise Solar Resort is positioned alongside the sandy coast of Anse Volbert on Praslin and has a set of charming French-Creole bungalows going through the ocean.
On her aspect, Francis congratulated Paradise Solar Resort for its achievement in acquiring the certification.
“As small island states, we’re the primary to bear the repercussions of local weather change at present, which is why the division strives that companions uphold eco-friendly practices. Our efforts in the direction of sustainability wouldn’t be full with out the help of our companions. We’re inspired to see that our resort companions preserve to their dedication and procure certification despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which precipitated some delays within the certification course of,” mentioned Francis.
Twenty-one tourism institutions in Seychelles, an archipelago within the western Indian Ocean, have obtained the certification whereas two others — Chalets D’Anse Forbans and Heliconia Grove — renewed their certification to the scheme.
Francis is looking on different institutions to undertake the sustainability journey and be a part of the programme.
“We’d, in fact, prefer to see extra tourism institutions and companies come on board. Our crew managing the SSTL programme is intensifying its efforts in advocating for the sustainability trigger and dealing with different resorts to extend participation within the scheme,” she mentioned.
Established in 2011, the SSTL, which is relevant to resort lodging institutions of all sizes, is a voluntary certification scheme that recognises and rewards tourism companies which can be implementing finest practices in sustainability inside their operations.
Internationally recognised, the SSTL additionally holds recognition standing by the International Sustainable Tourism Council and goals at mainstreaming sustainability throughout the tourism sector in order to safeguard native pure belongings in addition to the trade’s future progress and prosperity.