SGS Helps Plaza Athénée Bangkok, a Royal Méridien Hotel Become the World’s First ISO 20121 Certified Hotel
SGS is pleased to announce that it has certified Plaza Athénée Bangkok, a Royal Méridien Hotel located in Bangkok, Thailand, against the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management Systems Standard for the event industry, with the support of the Office of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB. TCEB is encouraging Thailand MICE operators to gain ISO20121 certification by providing support to operators with subsidy of 70 percent of the total fees for ISO 20121 accreditation.
As an individual hotel, and as part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, ISO 20121 certification testifies to the hotel’s commitment to doing more to consume less and thereby care for the planet. It also complements the company’s global focus on reducing energy use by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020.
“We are very pleased to have successfully implemented ISO 20121 because we believe that economic growth and the wellbeing of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment,” explained Ms. ChooLeng Goh, General Manager of the Plaza Athénée Bangkok, a Royal Méridien Hotel. “This demonstrates how we embrace our responsibility for environmental, social and economic stewardship and are committed to integrating these practices and sustainability principles into our core business strategy.”
According to Mr.Montree Tangtermsirikul, General Manager of System Certification Service, SGS (Thailand) Co., Ltd., ISO 20121 standards are important for business operations in Thailand because considering its event venues, tourist areas, and hotels, Thailand has the potential to host the broadest range of events. Given the continued growth of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Convention, Exhibitions) business, which is considered one of the country’s main revenue-generating industries, the application of ISO 20121 to this sector will elevate its status internationally. ISO 20121 is the standard that measures the sustainability of events by focusing on their social, environmental and economic management. It also focuses on social responsibility, ensuring those involved work with integrity and transparency. Consequently, the ISO 20121 standard will be a channel for propelling Thailand’s MICE business to a level capable of competing internationally.
For more information on certification, audit and training services for Event Sustainability Management Systems ISO 2012 with SGS, please contact:
Ms. Nopparat Kamonsatit
Marketing Section Head
Systems and Services Certification
SGS (Thailand) Limited
100 Nanglinchee Road
t: +66 2678 1813 ext. 4002
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