Destinazione Sentosa Development Corporation
Describe the hotel:
Sentosa is Asia’s leading leisure destination and Singapore’s premier island resort getaway, located within 15 minutes from the central business and shopping districts. The island resort is managed by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), which works with various stake holders in overseeing property investments, attractions development, and operation of the various leisure offerings and management of the residential precinct on the island.
The 500-hectare island resort is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences, making Sentosa a vibrant island resort for business and leisure. Making Sentosa its home, too, is Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park.
Situated on the eastern end of Sentosa Island is Sentosa Cove, an exclusive oceanfront and residential enclave bustling with some 2,000 homes, romantic quayside restaurants, retail and specialty shops. The Island is also proud to be home to Sentos a Golf Club and its two acclaimed golf courses, Sentosa Golf Club hosts the SMBC Singapore Open and the HSBC Women’s World Championship, featuring some of the world’s best golf professionals.
Tell us about sustainability at Destinazione Sentosa Development Corporation: what are your strong points?
SDC has committed to two major ambitions: to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and to become a globally recognised, certified sustainable tourism destination. Part of our Sustainable Sentosa strategic roadmap, these goals are in support of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 in building a sustainable Singapore and safeguarding a greener world for future generations of Singaporeans and global visitors. SDC has since launched various sustainability-focused initiatives and experiences, creating an important ecosystem for solutions, education, and ideas in the island’s sustainability journey.
- Launch of Singapore’s First Carbon Neutrality-Focused Business Alliance, in tandem with Broadening of SDC’s Sustainability Partnerships: The Sentosa Carbon Neutral Network (SCNN) was formed in 2021 and aims to collectively achieve Sentosa’s carbon neutrality goal by 2030. Comprising 21 members to-date and accounting for more than 97% of the island’s carbon profile, the SCNN has and will continue to collaborate on various sustainable initiatives.
- Harnessing Renewable Energy: As part of SDC’s partnerships, new infrastructure solutions for carbon mitigation will be implemented, with a focus on studying solutions in harnessing renewable energy, such as solar and tidal energy, as well as waste-to-energy generation.
- Greening Transportation and Infrastructure: By 2025, 100% of Sentosa’s on-island public transportation will be electric, with electric buses to be progressively deployed from 2022. Currently, Sentosa’s cable car, monorail system and beach shuttles are already fully electric. The conversion of the existing bus fleet has begun, having launched electric bus trials in 2021. All SDC-owned carparks will also be installed with charging stations for electric vehicles by 2030. Future SDC-owned buildings will be constructed to attain the Singapore Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Platinum or Super Low Energy certification.
- Greening Businesses and Guest Experiences: By 2022, SDC will roll out guidelines to encourage all businesses on Sentosa to strengthen their sustainability practices through initiatives, such as reducing disposables, increasing locally-sourced produce, and adopting renewable energy solutions.
- Robust Sustainable Tourism Offerings: In 2021, SDC launched a new series of sustainability-themed tours, SentoSights, which educate guests on the importance of sustainability through an immersion into the unique heritage, biodiversity and nature in Sentosa, as well as neighbouring islands.
- Achieving Global Accreditation by 2022: Sentosa’s islands’ offerings have been benchmarked against international standards, and certified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Destination criteria.
Why did you choose GSTC certification?
SDC regards GSTC as the apex body for sustainable tourism standards for destinations and operators.
- The GSTC Criteria serve as the global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.
- They promote best practices in the industry for tourist destinations with the aim of preserving culture, heritage and the environment while benefiting the local economy.
- Destination standards are comprehensive and include 38 criteria and 174 indicators across 4 pillars (sustainable management, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability).
- Certification indicates compliance to the highest social and environmental standards in the industry.
Please leave Vireo some feedback
Vireo’s auditors demonstrated professionalism and objectivity throughout the certification process, providing balanced perspectives on best practices from around the world as well as appreciation for the context of our operations. They were able to revert to our queries promptly and accurately, referencing their knowledge of the GSTC Destination criteria requirements. Overall, it was a very positive experience that made the certification journey a rewarding one for us as well as our businesses on the island.