The management of Apo View Hotel on Monday assured Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that they are strictly enforcing the city’s anti-smoking ordinance within the hotel premises. Source: Sun Star Davao Apo View Hotel general manager Mariano “Sonny” ...

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  1. Management of Apo View Hotel asserts they respect the anti-smoking ordinance
  2. Philippines: Mayor threatens to close hotel where Korean guests continue to smoke despite the ban
  3. Does the "Green" Hotel Certification include being 100% smoke-free?
  4. From France: More 100% smoke-free hotels and 100% smoke-free rental cars
  5. Smoke-Free Hotels in the Philippines for World No Tobacco Day
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Management of Apo View Hotel asserts they respect the anti-smoking ordinance

The management of Apo View Hotel on Monday assured Davao City MayorRodrigo Duterte that they are strictly enforcing the city’santi-smoking ordinance within the hotel premises.

Source: Sun Star Davao

Apo View Hotel general manager Mariano “Sonny” Pamintuan Jr. saidthey were surprised by Duterte’s statement in his Sunday televisionprogram “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” which mention’s the hotel’salleged violation of the anti-smoking ordinance.

“I am alarmed by this because I personally have not seen them(Koreans) smoking other than in approved designated smoking areas andin the open-air garden or parking lot which is where they are oftenseen,” Pamintuan said in his letter to the mayor.

He said if there were indeed violation by some of their Koreanguests “then it has been on the sly” or behind their backs or in theprivacy of their offices or inside the Casino. It was learned that thehotel’s Casino is off limits to Filipinos.

    

Philippines: Mayor threatens to close hotel where Korean guests continue to smoke despite the ban

Read the story of the Apo View hotel in Davao City.

Source:  Sun Star Manila

Mayor threatens to close Apo View
By Ben O. Tesiorna

DAVAO CITY -- MayorRodrigo R. Duterte directed the management of Apo View Hotel to orderits Korean guests to smoke only in designated areas or face closure.

"Ginagago niyo na ako eh. Sige ko ug yawyaw diri, kamo... At dahilginagago niyo ako, nakakalalaki na kayo. Kay nakakalalaki na kayo,mag-away na lang 'ta, wala ma'y laing padulngan 'ni (You are making afool out of me. While I am often reminding residents about the smokingban, you... And since you are making a fool out of me, you are thuschallenging me. We'd better settle this now in a fight because that'swhere it's going anyway)," Duterte said over his television program"Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" Sunday morning.

He particularly cited the hotel's Korean guests who, he said, showed no regard for the city's law.

"Ingna ninyo nang mga Koreano (You better tell all those Koreans),if you are in Davao City then follow our laws. Balaod na eh (That's thelaw)," he said.

He particularly hit Representative Prospero C. Nograles, who is rumored to be the new owner of the hotel.

Duterte appealed to Nograles to immediately take action on thesealleged violations or he will be forced to enforce the full force ofthe law and close the Apo View Hotel for good.

"Kung dili nimo na maundang, sirhan ko nang inyong Apo View. Dugayna gyud kong nagpugong-pugong sa inyuha (If you cannot stop smoking inApo View, then I will have that closed. I have long restrained myselfregarding this)," Duterte said.

The city earlier compelled Apo View Hotel to comply with the anti-smoking ordinance in 2002 through a lawsuit.

When the ordinance was implemented on November 9, 2002, allbusiness establishments were ordered to designate smoking areas and torestrict smoking in areas not designated as such. The Apo View Hotelmanagement picked on a gray area in the ordinance and declared itswhole restaurant and bar as its smoking area, to the consternation ofthe mayor.

The mayor said he is not trying to pick a fight with anyoneespecially with Nograles. But when it comes to enforcing the law, hesaid, nobody is above it, not even the Koreans or the businessmen whobenefit from them.

"Kung dili ta magkasinabot dinhi (If we cannot come to anunderstanding here), maybe you should do it in your own time. Huwaglang during my term as mayor. Kung kamo na mayor kamo nay magbuotunsang gusto ninyo buhaton (If you become the mayor, then you can dowhat you want)," Duterte said.

"Sa sunod inspeksyon kung wala gihapon moy buhaton, magkita na langta sa korte. Or kung gusto ninyo, awayon nato ni. Kung wala nay mupalagsa violations ninyo, ako na mismo ang mupalag. Tapuson nato ningstoryaha sa akong panahon (In the next inspection, if the hotelmanagement still does not do anything about this then we will just seeeach other in court. Or, if you want, let's just settle this in afisticuff. If you think no one is taking a stand against yourviolation, then I will be the one to do so. We will finish this issueduring my term)," the mayor added.

On the other hand, Nograles denied rumors he is the new owner of the Apo View Hotel.

"The mayor was misinformed by his people because we own the RoyalHouse and not the Apo View Hotel. Sonny Pamintuan's family owns the ApoView. Sonny and I are just old and best friends having grown up andstudied together, even as room mates, at the Ateneo de Manila Loyolafrom 1960-63 and barkada and drinking buddies in golf till now. Justvery close," Nograles said.

He said he would help by talking with the Pamintuan family on how to solve the problem.

"But the city must formally write the hotel about the specificviolations of smoking rules so the hotel management can immediatelycorrect whatever mistakes are being made by them. We will not fightabout law infractions. I am a lawmaker not a lawbreaker. He needs toenforce the law as mayor too. Just give them (Apo View) the usualprocedural due process and make them explain violations," Nogralessaid.

Duterte revealed that the influx of Korean visitors in the city, inparticular at the Apo View Hotel, does not benefit the City Governmentat all. He clarified though that he is not against the visit of Koreannationals in the city but said the hotel management must inform them ofthe laws and they must follow these laws.

    

Does the "Green" Hotel Certification include being 100% smoke-free?

Reading this article about "Green Hotels" I wondered if being 100% smoke-free is part of the check list?

Greening the Hotel Industry One Eco-Property at a Time
   
    April 20, 2007 — By Heleigh Bostwick for ENN

With eco-tourism on the rise,eco-hotels are fast becoming the darling of the travel and hospitalityindustry. These days however, staying at an eco-hotel doesn'tnecessarily mean vacationing in a tree house in the Costa Rican jungle,although that is definitely an option.

The majority of eco-hotels fall into one of several categories; hotelsand resorts that conserve ecologically significant habitats, "green"hotels that reduce, recycle, minimize waste, and conserve water,sustainable hotels that harvest food from gardens on the hotel propertyor obtain part or all of their power from renewable energy, hotels thatencourage community involvement such as guests participating in trailclearing, and hotels that offer some form of environmental education totheir guests.

As such, eco-hotels are a diverse bunch. Sophisticated urbanhotels like Intercontinental The Willard Washington, D.C. focus onenergy conservation whereas The Rosario Resort & Spa on OrcasIsland in Washington state offers a wildly popular "green" vacationpackage where guests can "take a hike, clear a trail, and enjoy avacation" and in return receive a special "green" rate. Gyreum is ahostel in Sligo, Ireland that is oriented towards the sunrises andsunsets of the summer and winter solstices, uses sheep wool insulation,is powered by the sun and wind, and has a living roof as well as anorganic garden. There's even a "green" cruise ship that bills itself as"The World--Sailing Through Green Waters".

Then of course, there's the granddaddy of eco-resorts, theMaho Bay Camps in St. John, US Virgin Islands. When Maho Bay firstopened its doors in 1976, the words eco-hotel and eco-tourism did noteven exist. Maho Bay was constructed using recycled materials andharnesses the power of the sun and wind to generate electricity. It hasreceived numerous awards and accolades over the years including aCommendation Award at the 2000 Green Globe Achievement Awards and 2003Environmental Quality Award from the United States EnvironmentalProtection Agency. It also remains one of the most popular eco-resortsin the world with a return rate of more than 80%.

No matter what you call them, eco-hotel, eco-lodge,eco-resort, or green hotel, they're all part of the "greening" of thetourism industry, representing a conscience effort on the part ofhotels to promote themselves as environmentally, and quite oftensocially, conscience entities.

Part of what drives this greening of the hotel industry is no doubtcompetition. Going green is yet another way to distinguish themselvesfrom the multitude of other excellent hotels that consumers have tochoose from, but for many hotels including Maho Bay, Fairmont Hotels& Resorts, and smaller eco-boutique hotels like The Ambrose inSanta Monica, California, it's also part and parcel of their corporatephilosophy. With the concept of "going green" firmly entrenched inconsumers' minds, eco-hotels take it to the next level, and whether ornot money is the driving factor behind the greening of the hotelindustry doesn't matter so much as that it's good for the planet.

Instituting "green" policies, programs and initiatives in the areas ofwater usage, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality, inwhat hotels call "back of house operations", is a large part of thegreening of the hotel industry. So is eco-hospitality, using non-toxiccleaning supplies for instance. Many hotels also offer "green packages"or institute policies that allow guests with hybrid vehicles to parkfree. After all, a majority of hotels are in urban and suburban areasand not in pristine natural surroundings.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been at the forefront of the "green"hotel movement for more than a decade. Their Green Partnership programguide was instituted in 1990 and has since been used as the prototypefor other hotels including Four Seasons and Hyatt. It focuses onsustainability according to Environmental Affairs Director MichelleWhite, encompassing everything from recycling and organic wastediversion in the hotel's kitchens to retrofitting energy efficientlighting, purchasing green power, and employing alternate energytechnology As part of its eco-hospitality efforts, Fairmont providesin-room recycling and recently launched Eco-Meet, a green meeting andconference option. It also plans to introduce organic or biodynamicwines and menus prepared with locally grown foods this spring.

On a smaller scale, eco-boutique hotels such as The Ambrose alsoconsider themselves to be what Deirdre Wallace, a hotel developer andowner of The Ambrose, calls sustainable hotels. "We don't use toxicchemicals for cleaning, the carpets are being replaced witheco-friendly ones. All of the paint we use is low VOC (volatile organiccompounds) and 15% of our power comes from renewable energy. We servean organic breakfast and the mini bar stocked with healthy choices,"says Wallace.

Then, there are hotels like the Fairmont Pittsburgh scheduled to openin 2009 that are planned and built with sustainability in mind from thestart. Many of them, Fairmont Pittsburgh included, are aiming for LEEDcertified gold, a trend that is expected to gain momentum as greenbuilding becomes the industry standard. LEED, which is the acronym forLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a voluntary nationalstandard for the design and development of sustainable buildings.

Wallace is also building a second eco-boutique hotel in VeniceBeach, CA that she describes as an eco-luxury full service hotel. Builton the site of the former studio of modern design pioneers Charles andRay Eames, The Ray Hotel is considered an adaptive re-use project thatWallace says will use solar panels on the roof and gray water systemsto conserve water. "We're keeping a large percentage of the originalbuilding to house guests and building a new wing that will house asmall retail shop selling sustainable high design goods and a green spawith natural and organic spa treatments," says Wallace.

Wallace's goal is to have the hotel become LEED certified gold in theadaptive re-use category. Scheduled to break ground this year she saysthe plans for Ray Hotel are now at city hall awaiting approvals fromthe planning commission. When asked why she decided to go for LEEDcertification, Wallace's answer is simple. "Sustainability is part ofour company's values and green building is highly respected in thebuilding industry."

The proliferation of eco-hotels has given rise to the need for a set ofcertification standards and agencies to govern the green technologiesand environmental practices used by these eco-hotels. Without acertification process in place, any hotel could call itself aneco-hotel even if it's only claim to "green" fame was recycling.

"Today, there are now hundreds of environmental programs,eco-labels, and certification schemes worldwide, sponsored by industryassociations, national or local governments, and non-governmentalorganizations. In Europe and the Americas, two separate initiatives areunderway to accredit the certification schemes and help consumers sortthrough the myriad of programs," says Bill Meade, head of theenvironment and tourism unit at PA Consulting Group.

For example, the luxury eco-tourism resort Tres Ríos in theRiviera Maya was recently awarded by SEMARNAT, the organization inMexico responsible for developing policies of environmental protection,for being at the forefront of environment stewardship. In Ecuadorhotels can be Eco-Certified by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism andthe Ecuadorian Ecotourism Society (ASEC).

Audubon International also has a certification-type program called TheAudubon International Signature Program, designed to assist in thedevelopment of communities that integrate an ecosystem approach toconstruction and management and provide environmental education forthose that live, work and recreate in the community. Resorts that fallinto the sustainable communities category such as Spruce Peak inVermont, the first mountain resort in the US to become the recipient ofthe Audubon Green Community Award, and Cotton Bay Estates & Villas,scheduled to open Fall 2007, have worked closely with the AudubonInternational Signature Program. Similarly, Mata de Sesimbra inPortugal, the world's largest sustainable living community and resortproject, where an anticipated 30,000 residents will share 13,000 acresof nature reserve on Portugal's pristine Costa Azul, is based on 10principles of One Planet Living communities, an organization thataspires to achieving the highest quality of sustainable living.

There is also ISO standard 14000, which refers toenvironmental management practices that include minimizing harmfuleffects on the environment caused by an organization's activities. ThePortuguese resort of Jardim Atlantico is not only in compliance withISO standard 14000 it has also received the "European Ecolabel", whichis the highest environmental Certification available from the EuropeanUnion. It is Green Globe 21 certified as well.

"Green Globe 21, perhaps the most popular international environmentalcertification scheme specifically for the tourism industry, has evolvedfrom a membership program where members only signed a commitment to aninternational performance benchmarking and third-party verification andcertification program," says Meade.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa was the firstall-inclusive resort to earn Green Globe 21 Certification in 1998 andwithin three years, all of the Sandals Resorts were included in thecertification. The eco-friendly Sunset at the Palms Resort & Spa inNegril, Jamaica where guests stay in treetop suites and dine on fruitsand vegetables harvested from the 10-acre tropical gardens on theproperty was also among the first eco-hotels to be certified by GreenGlobe 21 in 1998.

None of these certification programs are regulated however, andcompliance is voluntary, but that has not stopped any of theseeco-hotels from becoming certified. In fact it's to their advantage. AsMeade says, "Hotels see a net benefit to transforming their facilitiesand operations, meaning the benefits (savings in operating costs andincreased revenue from attracting a responsible tourist) outweigh thecosts (e.g., equipment, human resources, consulting fees, andcertification costs)."

The future of eco-hotels is bright and many such hotels have clearlydone their part in "greening" the hotel industry, but according toMeade, who also is on the Governing Council of the Caribbean Alliancefor Sustainable Tourism and chairs the board of the Certified HotelEnvironmental Manager, there's more work to be done in terms ofconsumer awareness and eco-tourism as an industry. "Few if any visitorsselect their hotel based on its environmental and social programs. Touroperators, travel agents and even Internet booking sites are beginningto highlight environmental and social achievements, but a lot morestill needs to be done to increase the number of ecotourists orresponsible travelers that will ultimately be needed to transform theindustry as a whole."

Heleigh Bostwick is a freelance writer whose work hasappeared in Organic Producer, Natural Family Online, Collectors News,and D'Luxe magazine, and is the publisher of Marigold Lane, an online resources for Simple Living with a "Green" Twist.

    

From France: More 100% smoke-free hotels and 100% smoke-free rental cars

To celebrate World No-Tobacco Day rental car company Europcar France announced all its cars will now be 100% smoke-free. As for the Hotel Chain Ibis that had its first 100% smoke-free hotel in 2006, the trend is growing with now 40 such 100% smoke-free Ibis Hotels.

«PAS DEFUMÉE à l'intérieur » : ce thème de la Journée mondiale sans tabac, qui se déroule aujourd'hui,Europcar a décidé de l'appliquer à la lettre et sur le long terme. A partir de demain, le loueurde voitures interdira à ses clients de fumer à l'intérieur des 50 000 véhicules de sa flotte.« Nous sommes les premiers en Europe à avoir pris une telle décision. Il est déjà interdit depuisquelques années de fumer dans les avions et dans les trains. C'est au tour des voitures de location», explique Eric Ledroux, directeur général d'Europcar France. Cette initiative ne découle d'aucuneobligation légale puisque le décret Bertrand, entré en vigueur le 1erfévrier, ne concerne que les entreprises et les lieux publics clos.

« Une mesurepositive »

Cet excès de zèle d'Europcar dans la lutte contre la cigarette vienten fait d'une demande de la clientèle. « Il nous est arrivé que des clients refusent de prendreune voiture à cause de l'odeur de tabac froid. Car, malgré tous les efforts de nettoyage, lorsquequelqu'un a passé quatre jours à fumer dans l'habitacle, l'odeur persiste. La demande pour desvoitures non-fumeurs devenait de plus en plus importante, y compris de la part de fumeurs »,continue Eric Ledroux. Le loueur de voitures s'est donné trois mois pour tester et évaluer cettemesure. Si les clients ne sont pas satisfaits ou s'ils sont partis chez la concurrence, la cigarettesera de nouveau la bienvenue chez Europcar. En attendant, toute la flotte automobile d'Europcarsera munie demain d'un autocollant spécial. « Nous n'avons pas pris le logo classique de lacigarette barrée mais une voiture verte avec une fleur. C'est une mesure positive, pas répressive», souligne le directeur général. Toutefois, pour les récalcitrants : les frais supplémentairesde nettoyage seront à leur charge. Car une voiture non-fumeur coûte moins cher à entretenirqu'un véhicule souillé par les volutes de nicotine.Europcar n'est pas la seule entreprise àavoir dépassé les exigences de la nouvelle loi. Précurseur dans l'hôtellerie, la chaîne Ibislançait il y a un peu plus d'un an les premiers hôtels non-fumeurs. « Nous en comptions unedizaine sur 300 il y a un an. Aujourd'hui nous en avons 40. C'est un vrai succès », affirmela porte-parole d'Ibis France. Certes. Mais cette chasse à la clope, jusque dans le lit desfumeurs, n'est-elle pas un peu excessive ? « Nous laissons le choix aux clients. Ils sont avertisdès leur réservation. Si cela ne leur convient pas, nous les orientons vers un autre établissementde notre chaîne », souligne la porte-parole. Au final, faut-il craindre que s'en griller uneà la maison soit un jour interdit ? Selon Michel, d'une agence immobilière Fnaim à Paris, cen'est pas à l'ordre du jour. « J'ai des propriétaires qui ne veulent pas de locataires avecdes chats ou des chiens. Mais la cigarette, ça va. Pour l'instant... », conclut l'agent immobilier.

AlexandraEchkenazi
     Le Parisien       , jeudi 31 mai 2007
    

Smoke-Free Hotels in the Philippines for World No Tobacco Day

According to the Manila Times, a few hotels and restaurants have decided to go 100% smoke-free. They include in Makati City the Marco Polo Hotel, the Renaissance Hotel, Le Souffle Restaurant,  the Dusit Hotel,  the Intercontinental Hotel,  the Makati Shangri-LaHotel, in Quezon City the Fernandina Suites 88, the Robbinsdale Hotel, the Sulo Hotel, in Pasay City the Sofitel, in MandaluyongEDSA Shangri-La Hotel  and in Manila the Hyatt Casino Hotel,Kimberly Hotel and Manila Hotel .

DOH: Hotels and restaurants impose total smoking ban - Manila Times

May 29, 2007

By Katrice R. Jalbuena, Reporter

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Monday announced that number ofhotels and restaurants have committed to make their places smoke-freein time for the worldwide celebration of World No-Tobacco Day on May31.

“We are considering these turn of events as a high point in thegovernment’s campaign for a healthy lifestyle,” said Health SecretaryFrancisco T. Duque 3rd.

“Smoking is deadly, even in its secondhand form. There are as manynonsmokers who develop lung cancer as their are among smokersthemselves,” Duque added.

Secondhand smoke refers to the smoke from burning tobacco productsgenerated by smokers. According to experts, when tobacco smokecontaminates the air, especially in enclosed spaces everyone breathe itin, exposing smokers and nonsmokers to its harmful effects.

According to the Framework Convention Alliance Philippines (FCAP), atleast three hotels and restaurants, including the Marco Polo Hotel(Makati City), Fernandina Suites 88 (Quezon City) and Le Souffle(Makati City), have committed to a total smoking ban.

The DOH said that there are also a handful of other hotels andrestaurants that pledged for a nonsmoking day on May 31 to observe theevent.

Nonsmokers could enjoy a day without tobacco smoke around at 14establishments all over the metro that would be smoke-free on May 31.

These include Dusit Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Makati Shangri-LaHotel, Le Souffle Restaurant and Renaissance Hotel in Makati City;Robbinsdale Hotel and Sulo Hotel in Quezon City; Sofitel in Pasay City,EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong; and the Hyatt Casino Hotel,Kimberly Hotel and Manila Hotel in Manila.

“There is no doubt that secondhand smoke is dangerous. In fact, it willtake six Typhoon ‘Milenyos’ to clean up a smoke place becauseventilators, ionizers and other related devices simply cannot do allthe work,” Duque stressed.

Health authorities also disclosed that there are 4,000 known chemicalsin tobacco smoke and that more than 50 of them are known to causecancer in humans. Aside from cancer, secondhand smoke also causes heartdisease and many serious respiratory and cardiovascular diseases inchildren and adults.

To date, the economic burden in the Philippines caused by firsthand smokers alone reaches about $6 billion annually.

    

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