Balesin Island awarded by UNWTO for innovation and excellence in tourism

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED February 7, 2018 03:05 pm
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(Inside Manila) The pristine white sand and clear waters of Balesin Island in Mauban Quezon was recently awarded second place in the 14th United Nations World Tourism Organization Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Tourism—a historical first for the Philippine islands.





 


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Balesin beat 12 other finalists from around the world in the awarding ceremony which took place at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, Spain.


The UNWTO Award recognizes the work of individuals and organizations that positively contributed to the growth of the tourism sector.


Balesin Island Club, a flagship project by Alphaland Corporation is a 500-hectare member only island known for its white sand and clear waters. The island also boasts of its different villages inspired by different destinations around the world: Bali in Indonesia, Mykonos in Greece, Costa del Sol in Spain, Toscana in Italy, St. Tropez in France, and Phuket in Thailand.





 


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According to a report by GMA News, the island adapted a 'Three Pillar Innovation': people, planet and profit.


"We have shifted from the mindset of solely prioritizing profit to integrating the factors of people and planet into our equation. We did so by redefining our value chain to ensure that we do not compromise being socially and environmentally responsible while maximizing profit," said Joshua Torres, Director of Sustainability Programs of Alphaland


The resort pioneers in different environmental programs such as water-recycling and reducing carbon footprints.


"We want to empower the community...when we give employment to the local barangay, and other Filipinos, we teach them to be the next leaders," said Torres.

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