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Indonesia Minister awards Top 10 Green Hotels 2013
On World Tourism Day, September 27, 2013, Indonesia's Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, handed Indonesia's Green Hotel Award 2013 to top ten hotels. Emerging as winners were: Hotel Borobudur at Jalan Lapangan Banteng in Jakarta; followed by St. Regis Bali Resort, Bali, in second place; and Alila Villa Uluwatu Bali, third. Evaluations were made on 44 hotels in 13 of Indonesia's 34 provinces.

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta was given highest marks (84.75) for its recycling of waste water and green cleaning, where recycled water was used to water the hotel's extensive gardens and to flush toilets. The hotel also reduced waste, use of water and battery and economized on Air Conditioning, said Naning Adiwoso, Chairperson of the Evaluating Panel.

In her address, Minister Mari Pangestu commented that the Green Hotel Award was initiated in 2011 and given every two years. The Awards are a serious effort on the part of the government and Indonesia's hotel industry to apply the concept of green hotels, which should be extended throughout Indonesia. Although initial application to build the green hotel requires substantial funds, yet keeping our environment healthy and green is all our responsibility, including that of the Tourism industry, said the Minister.

There are three reasons why creating the green hotel is important, said Minister Pangestu. Firstly, through global warming and its related dangers, these will also impact on hotels. Therefore, the tourist industry should reduce carbon emission, save energy, water and use environment-friendly materials.

Secondly, creating the Green Hotel is part of long term planning. Green hotels that save on power, water and fuel will reduce their overall operational costs.

Thirdly is the demand on the part of customers and communities who have become more environmentally aware. Since global warming impacts directly on people's lives, among others caused by deforestation, surging fuel emissions, then immense floods or lengthy dryness are expected to increase around the globe.

In this context, the government plans to offer incentives to stimulate implementation of the green hotel concept, both to new hotels as well as for already constructed properties.

Indonesia's Top Ten Green Hotels for 2013 are:

Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta St. Regis Bali Resort, BaliAlila Villa Uluwatu, BaliDharmawangsa Hotel, Jakarta Mandarin Oriental Hotel, JakartaGran Melia Hotel, JakartaNusa Dua Beach Hotel, BaliHyatt Regency, YogyakartaNovotel Palembang, South SumatraNovotel Lampung Hotel in Lampung.