Tai O Heritage Hotel Commended With '2015 Sustainable Hotel Award -- Sustainable Destinations'

Nov 26, 2015, 23:32 ET from Tai O Heritage Hotel

HONG KONG, Nov. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tai O Heritage Hotel has recently received the 'HICAP 2015 Sustainable Hotel Award -- Sustainable Destinations', the only hotel in Hong Kong presented with this international honour this year.  

The award presentation took place at the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) held at the InterContinental Hong Kong, hosted by Horwath HTL and Burba Hotel Network (BHN).

The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards launched in 2007 aims at recognising hotel operators and developers in the Asia-Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices that are environmentally and culturally responsible. The judging panel of the Awards consists of veterans from the areas of sustainability, tourism, environmental innovation and hotel design. In their review on Tai O Heritage Hotel, they commented that it was rare to find a hotel acting as such a catalyst for the rejuvenation of its local community and culture.

Receiving the award, Dr. Daryl Ng JP, Director of Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited, said, 'this accolade is a great encouragement to us and we will continue our efforts in promoting heritage conservation and sustainable tourism at Tai O.'

As one of the six projects under Batch I of the Hong Kong Development Bureau's Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme, Tai O Heritage Hotel is operated under a non-profit social enterprise business model by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited. The hotel is committed to engaging the public in bolstering Tai O's local economy, achieving synergy with the local communities, and promoting heritage conservation and sustainable tourism.

Tai O Heritage Hotel hosts the Open House Event annually. This year, the event was complemented with the first-ever Tai O Food Expo held on 7 and 8 November 2015, entitled 'A Taste of Tai O,' showcasing the local delicacies from 25 food merchants in Tai O to over 5,000 visitors. Tai O Home Care Services for Tai O elderly members and eco-tours for local schools and charity organisations are conducted regularly.

Tai O Heritage Hotel is also dedicated to supporting the sustainability of the cultural traditions in this charming fishing village. The hotel has been collaborating with the Tai O Rural Committee and other local organisations in sponsoring Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade and organising Tai O Fishing Village Wedding Showcase scheduled to take place on 6 December this year.

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About Tai O Heritage Hotel
Converted from the Old Tai O Police Station, Tai O Heritage Hotel is a unique and revitalized heritage hotel, with a gross floor area of 1,170 sq.m. The Old Tai O Police Station was constructed in 1902 as a remarkable example of colonial architecture, and it was graded as a Grade II historical building by the Antiquities Advisory Board in 2010.

The Old Tai O Police station was a three-part compound with 20th century flavours: a two-storey main building, its surrounding facilities and an outhouse extension, all of which were typical colonial architecture. The revitalisation project has been conducted following the authoritative conversation guidelines, 'The Burra Charter.' The revitalised Tai O Heritage Hotel preserves the classic touches of colonial literature, as the original elements as cannons, searchlight, guard towers have been restored.

Tai O Heritage Hotel offers nine colonial-style guest rooms with sea views, conserving the spirits of Old Tai O and Old Tai O Police Station. The guest rooms are named after Tai O landmarks, officers' titles at the Old Tai O Police Station and the Marine Police vessels.

About Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited
Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited is a non-profit organization established by the Ng Teng Fong family in March 2008. The primary objectives of the company are to revitalise and maintain heritage buildings, and promote the conservation and appreciation of heritage and historic places, and their importance in the life of the community. The company is responsible for the conservation and operation of Tai O Heritage Hotel, revitalised from the old Tai O Police Station. The Hotel has been recognised by UNESCO with an Award of Merit at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Tai O Heritage Hotel
Address: Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852-2985-8383
Fax: +852-2985-8881
Email: info@taioheritagehotel.com
Website: www.taioheritagehotel.com
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Media Enquiry
Ms. Jasmine Yeung | Tel: +852-6531-9181 / +852-2452-8349 | Email: jasmineyeung@hkheritage.org

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