Finch Bay named South America’s leading green hotel

22 October 12

| Green Travel News |

World Travel Awards winners for 2012 include Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galapagos Islands as “South America’s leading green hotel.” The hotel’s commitment to the environment of the isolated Ecuadorian archipelago won out over nine other nominees in four other nations.

Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Finch Bay: S. America’s leading green hotel

The WTA awards program, known as the “Oscars of the travel industry,” highlights and rewards travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.

The 27-room hotel is on small sandy cove in Puerto Ayora, the main town on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos. Initiatives include:

•    The only hotel in the archipelago with a biological sewage treatment plant
•    Energy-saving measures such as solar panels and movement sensors
•    Extensive recycling
•    Composting kitchen waste for use in the hotel’s organic vegetable, fruit and herb garden.

“Our guests are conscious of their impact here in the islands,” says Xavier Burbano de Lara, the hotel’s general manager. “That’s why they’re more than happy to use the water bottles we provide them, not use disposable plates, not change towels every day, turn lights off, and generally be part of the hotel’s green spirit. This spirit also extends to the hotel’s staff, who are trained in sustainable issues, keep the beach and surroundings clean, and apply best practices every day. They then take these practices home with them, creating a virtuous circle for the community.”

This year’s runners-up:

Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil
Casa Calma, Argentina
Chalalan Ecolodge, Bolivia
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel, Peru
Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort, Brazil
Mine Hotel Boutique, Argentina
Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands
Posada Amazonas Lodge, Peru
Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, Brazil

The WTA also named the Galapagos as this year’s leading green destination in South America. This year’s runners-up:

Abrolhos, Bahia, Brazil
Amazonas Tur, Brazil
Caracas, Venezuela
Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil
Georgetown, Guyana
Machu Picchu, Peru
Manaus, Amazonia, Brazil
Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Patagonia , Argentina
Yasuni National Park, Ecuador


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