The Green Business - Amarela - The Yellow Resort Turns to “Green Travel”

Believe it or not, this yellow resort is taking on the green business.

Amidst the growing trends in tourism and greening consciousness, Amarela (which means yellow in Portuguese) is making a bold step towards reducing its carbon emissions by going green.

Amarela, a resort which has silently earned the distinction as a homey Boholano resort in Panglao and catering to the upper middle class has been into using the indigenous baskets and crafts of Bohol as its interior design motifs.

Amarela Resort owner, and true bloodied Antequeranhon, Atty. Lucas Nunag, who heads the Provincial Tourism Council could be properly leading the way in spreading a more realistic brand for the green business in Bohol while claiming an ecotourism destination.

During the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and GIZ workshop called Greening the Tourism Value Chain held at the Metrocenter Hotel, ZCR through resource person Engr. Eric Raymundo, they aim to adapt technology to human needs and environmental boundaries instead of adapting society and nature to technical standards.

Translated to the tourism industry, they aim at making the industry energy efficient in a sustainable and competitive way through progressive approaches.

ZCR adopts the 3 Rs: reduce, replace and redesign.

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ZCR’s 3R solutions include saving energy through low or no cost measures peak load management for its power consumption, good housekeeping practices, technical adaptations and guest involvement in its energy conservation program.

Citing a guest satisfaction survey they commissioned, ZCR’s Engr. Raymundo claimed that most guests preferred comfortable temperature is at about 20 degrees.

“You do not need to cool down public areas down to 17 degrees,” citing a common resort housekeeping staff of turning the air-conditioners to 17 degrees an hour before the guest checks in.

As in the case of Amarela, its buildings are designed to maximize the use of the sun as natural light and to use the ocean breeze instead as efficient air-conditioning in its restaurant.

Amarelas option to go green would also allow it to replace its fixtures with new, more efficient ones.

Incandescent bulbs would be replaced by compact fluorescent lamps or the even more efficient light emitting diode (LED), and imagine how much would then go to the resort’s savings?, he asked.

In fact, with its ZCR adoption, Amarela gets technical assistance and troubleshooting access from the group in its cooling, cooking, refrigeration, hot water, light, communications and electricity consumption redesign jobs for the resort to exude the least carbon emission, all for exemplifying the green business. (PIA)

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