SINGAPORE (Jan 28): Resort developer Banyan Tree Holdings says it has earned a total of 241 awards across 30 destinations globally in 2018.

Main image: Banyan Tree Yangshuo, which is among Travel+Leisure China Awards 2018 China's Top 100 Hotels

In a press release in January, the group highlights its corporate strategy of highlighting and infusing “the uniqueness of the locale through design and build, guests’ and associates’ experiences to sustainability impacts” with its development concepts and properties.

Titles awarded to the group itself included Best Hotel Brands for Leisure (No.2) for DestinAsian 13th Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 and Top 20 Hotel Brands in the World (No. 16) for Travel+Leisure US World’s Best Awards 2018.

Its resort and spa properties in Thailand, China and Morocco also won numerous rank-based awards by publishers and media companies such as Forbes and Conde Nast.  

With the pledge Banyan Tree took in 2018 against single-use plastic on Earth Day, as well as its support of International Year of the Reef 2018 and its awareness-building activities, the group and its Laguna Phuket integrated resort have garnered a sustainability-related award each.

“Sustainability has been ingrained as a part of our corporate DNA from the very beginning and it is one of the key areas that we are truly proud of,” says Ho Ren Yung, vice president, Brand HQ of Banyan Tree Holdings.

“Celebrating our group’s 25th anniversary in 2019, these award recognitions reinforce our passion and commitment to grow our brands globally. We aspire to journey our guests to more exciting destinations around the world and foster our ongoing commitment towards driving sustainability for a better world,” she adds.

Banyan Tree signed 26 hotel agreements for four of its brands, with 48 hotels in operation at end-2018 and seven new hotels slated to open in 2019.

Shares in the group were down by 1 cent at 58 cents before the midday trading break.