Responsible TourismIt’s the first island destination in Asia to be recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Sentosa gets its international green stamp of approval

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Sentosa is recognised globally for championing sustainability.
Sentosa is recognised globally for championing sustainability. Photo Credit: Sentosa Development Corporation

Following the successive roll out of multiple sustainability initiatives, including its multi-pronged sustainability roadmap to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, the Sentosa Development Corporation’s (SDC) efforts have been recognised with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – For Destinations (GSTC-D) certificate.

The island in Singapore joins the small list of 23 other certified sustainable destinations globally such as Vail, Colorado and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, which have been internationally recognised for their compliance with high social and environmental standards.

The GSTC-D certificate represents a significant milestone for SDC and the Sentosa Carbon Neutral Network (SCNN), a carbon neutrality-focused business alliance comprising of 21 businesses and partners on Sentosa. It also signifies another big step forward in the Sustainable Sentosa roadmap, as one of its goals was to become a certified sustainable tourism destination accredited by GSTC in 2022.

“This certification was made possible through the continued and collective efforts of SDC and the businesses on the island,” said Thien Kwee Eng, CEO of SDC. “As Sentosa transits towards tourism recovery, we will continue to work closely with both public and private sectors to meet the needs of travellers who have become more inclined towards sustainable offerings.”

Together with Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) which had previously also been conferred the GSTC-D certificate and GSTC-Industry certificate for its hotels in 2021, Sentosa is the first island destination in Asia to be certified as a sustainable tourism destination.

Some of Sentosa’s most recent sustainability initiatives include the SkyHelix, the first carbon-neutral attraction on the island; the large-scale installation of solar panels to generate renewal energy; a series of nature tours aimed at inculcating in travellers a sense of respect for the natural environment; and the focus on greening MICE offerings that includes reducing disposable and increasing locally-sourced produce.

“We congratulate SDC and the businesses on the island on achieving this globally-recognised certification,” said Keith Tan, chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board. “It is a boost to our vision of becoming a top sustainable urban destination and supports our tourism sustainability strategy. I hope Sentosa’s achievements will inspire other tourism businesses to do their part for sustainability.”

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