Her­i­tance Ayurveda Maha Gedara achieves Trav­elife Gold Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

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The Ayurvedic well­ness re­sort, Her­i­tance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, was ac­co­laded with the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­om­mended Trav­elife for Ho­tels and Ac­com­mo­da­tions Gold Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion last week for the ho­tel’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity and eth­i­cal busi­ness prac­tices.

Trav­elife, the sus­tain­able tourism cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem awarded the pres­ti­gious ti­tle after care­fully as­sess­ing the per­for­mance of the ho­tel against 163 sus­tain­abil­ity cri­te­ria, which in­cluded en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, such as min­imis­ing the amount of en­ergy, waste and wa­ter, pos­i­tive so­cial ac­tions for em­ployee wel­fare, work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses, child pro­tec­tion and hu­man rights and pro­tect­ing lo­cal tra­di­tions, among oth­ers.

The re­sults of the in­de­pen­dent au­dit car­ried by Trav­elife showed that Her­i­tance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, which prides it­self for hav­ing cre­ated a holis­tic frame­work aimed at cre­at­ing a bal­anced lifestyle ex­pe­ri­ence, have man­aged to fash­ion a sim­i­lar bal­ance in re­spon­si­bly man­ag­ing its so­cio-eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.

The 64-roomed ho­tel has long since made a name for it­self pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of well­ness in one’s life and cu­rat­ing a tourism prod­uct to cater to this grow­ing trend in the world market. The Trav­elife cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as such adds im­mense value to the re­sort and the very essence of the busi­ness model it fol­lows. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme works in part­ner­ship with tour op­er­a­tors, both in the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally, who use the sys­tem to in­crease sus­tain­abil­ity in the in­dus­try and com­mu­ni­cate achieve­ments to cus­tomers.

Among the ho­tel’s many sus­tain­abil­ity ex­er­cises, the net- me­tered so­lar PV in elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion takes prece­dence. Recog­nised as the first ho­tel in Sri Lanka to adapt to this sys­tem, Her­i­tance Ayurveda Maha Gedara has ben­e­fited im­mensely from this sys­tem which pro­duces en­ergy to cover the ma­jor­ity of its con­sump­tion needs. The bio­gas plant at the ho­tel also suc­cess­fully con­trib­utes to the ho­tel kitchen as a sup­ple­men­tary to liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas.

While con­tin­u­ous monthly beach clean-ups are con­ducted in sup­port of the en­vi­ron­ment, the arts and crafts cen­tre lo­cated within the premises aims at cre­at­ing aware­ness on lo­cal cul­ture and in­her­ent crafts that have been passed on from one gen­er­a­tion to an­other.

Up­lift­ing the in­dige­nous arts cul­ture of the coun­try, the ho­tel en­cour­ages lo­cal ar­ti­sans to demon­strate their art at the cen­tre. The ho­tel also prac­tices the 7R prin­ci­ples fol­lowed by all Aitken Spence Ho­tels with the aim of reach­ing zero waste to land fill sta­tus and pos­sess the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of ISO 50001:2011.

This is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Her­i­tance Ayurveda Maha Gedara as a Trav­elife Gold mem­ber. Other Aitken Spence Ho­tels in Sri Lanka – Her­i­tance Kan­dalama, Her­i­tance Tea Fac­tory, Her­i­tance Ahun­galla – were also Trav­elife Gold cer­ti­fied and are await­ing the re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the sec­ond time.

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