A resort in Visayas has proven that it is possible to offer world-class tourism and accomodation services while remaining environment-friendly.
Nature's Village Resort in Bacolod has been named one of the world's top ten eco-friendly hotels this year by international booking website Agoda.
The hotel fetched four out of five stars in the website's ranking system, which is based on customer reviews.
It ranked highest among the 10 hotels in terms of food and dining and hotel cleanliness.
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This is the second time Nature's Village Resort gained international attention.
The hotel was also given the "ASEAN Green Star Hotel Award" in 2010, along with other high-end hotels in the Philippines.
"Hotels that once considered 'eco-friendly' to mean a small environmental footprint and conservation of resources are now taking things a step further..." Agoda chief executive Robert Rosenstein was quoted in reports as saying.
This, as he noted that hotels are also increasingly "cleaning up trash, investing in best-practices, actually improving the sustainability of the communities that surround them."
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Bagging five stars in the Agoda list are Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam, URBN hotel in China, Philea Resort and Spa in Malaysia, The Tongsai Bay in Thailand, and The Park New Delhi Hotel in India.
Alto Hotel on Bourke in Australia, and Casa Camper in Spain on the other hand got four stars each.
Rounding out the list of 10 are Borneo Highlands Resort in Malaysia and the Bangkok Tree House in Thailand, which have three stars each.
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