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Apurva Kempinski Bali becomes first Indonesian hotel awarded coveted GSTC certification

The Apurva Kempinski Bali is the first Indonesian hotel to receive the coveted Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) certification for its leading sustainability initiatives.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali is the first Indonesian hotel to receive the coveted Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) certification for its leading sustainability initiatives.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali General Manager, Vincent Guironnet says the process involved three months of intensive preparation and recognises the resort’s work in sustainability management, cultural preservation and working with local communities.

Guironnet says, “We continue to strive to innovate and find new ways to encourage sustainability in the hospitality industry.

“This recognition reinforces our commitment not only to providing unrivalled luxury experiences but also to leading the movement in sustainable tourism practices.”

Apurva Kempinski Bali has made a commitment to training and hiring from local communities
The Apurva Kempinski Bali has committed to training and hiring people from local communities

Supporting local communities

Guironnet says the Nusa Dua resort has multiple initiatives to hire locally.

“The Talent Development Program trains young potential talents through on-the-job training at the resort, which enhances their understanding of hotel operations. We offer various jobs to local hires… ranging from back-of-house to front-of-house positions.

“At the same time, comprehensive training and education programmes for every team member continue being designed and implemented.”  

The Sustainable Agriculture program implemented with the Samsara Living Museum also ensures the resort educates local farmers in ecological farming techniques.

“The aim is producing kitchen supplies that meet the five-star standards required by hotels and opens up opportunities for local farmers to directly supply hotels”.

The resort also collaborates with the Bali Culinary Pastry School and the Bali State Polytechnic to provide training opportunities.

The Unity in Diversity campaign captures the essence of seven of the main regions
The Apurva Kempinski Bali ‘Unity in Diversity’ campaign captures the essence of seven of the main regions

Keeping local cultures alive

A series of programs run at the hotel ensure the preservation of local cultures.

Guironnet says throughout the year, there are “distinctive programmes, events, exhibitions and displays promoting the diversity of Indonesia’s seven main regions, including Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua”.

All of these regions are celebrated through guest experiences at the resort.

“The curated experiences through the resort portray mystical stories from those regions, their holistic treatments, culinary diversity, craftsmanship, and traditional games.”

He says the resort takes a ‘science-based’ approach to sustainability with hydroponic rooftop gardens, waste management, sustainable weddings and electric vehicle experiences.

It’s also partnering with Eco-Tourism Bali to launch a mangrove planting program, starting with the planting of 1,000 seeds.  

 For more information, visit Kempinski.