LAAMU, Maldives – During the Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) 2017 held in Singapore, Six Senses Laamu won the first ever BlueGreen360award to be granted to a hotel or resort for their commitment to sustainable operations.
ADEX is the longest running and the largest dive expo in Asia having celebrated its 22nd year in 2017. In the three days of its duration it attracts up to 60,000 visitors and proudly presents world-renowned marine life artists, conservationists and photographers to speak about their passion and work towards marine life. This year ADEX was dedicated entirely to climate change and the impact it is having, and will have, on our oceans. The BlueGreen360 Awards are organized by the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) and Underwater360 (UW360), and supported by Blue Ocean Business Summit and Green Fins.
The BlueGreen360 Awards celebrate businesses and individuals in the marine tourism industry which have proven their dedication to sustainable tourism within the communities they operate. The awards recognize marine tourism industry pioneers that are leading the way and are dedicated to inspiring and championing sustainable solutions in their day-to-day operations and sharing their invaluable knowledge and resources with the wider community.
Six Senses Laamu takes pride in its innovative ideas, initiatives and in its engagement with the local communities in an attempt to protect the oceans for generations to come. In addition to its sustainable operations Six Senses Laamu has established partnerships over the past few years, which include Manta Trust and the Blue Marine Foundation, to reinforce its commitment to sustainability and marine conservation.
Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu, said, "Six Senses Laamu is delighted to have been recognized and proud to find ourselves amongst a remarkable group of business and individuals who all exhibited their exemplary commitment to environmental programs to protect marine biodiversity. We are inspired by the many individuals who consistently promote on-the ground marine conservation efforts that benefit the environment and the local community."
This award follows the prestigious nomination as the only hotel in the world to become a finalist in the Responsible Business 2017 Ocean Awards. The Ocean Awards celebrates individuals, companies, legislators and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the health of the oceans.
Photo caption: General Manager Marteyne van Well and the sustainability and marine conservation team