BlueGreen360 Awards

About

BlueGreen360 Awards Year 2 celebrates businesses and individuals in the marine tourism industry dedicated to inspiring and championing sustainable solutions in their day-to-day operations and sharing their invaluable knowledge with the wider community.

Businesses can enter and win in any of the following categories:

  • BlueGreen360 Hotel & Resort of the Year
  • BlueGreen360 Liveaboard of the Year
  • BlueGreen360 Dive Operator of the Year

There will be one individual awarded as “BlueGreen360 Personality of the Year” for outstanding and pioneering contribution from an individual from the private sector to the promotion of sustainable practices in the marine tourism industry.

The Green Fins Award is a featured award category which will be presented to the Green Fins Dive Center with the lowest environmental impact, as demonstrated by an assessment of business practice conducted within the last 18 months. Green Fins members will be automatically put forwards for this award and are not required to enter.

Objectives

The Award is a platform to highlight businesses and individuals that have championed sustainable marine tourism best practices and made significant impact on the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems.

In particular the award aims to:

  • Promote best practices in sustainable marine tourism through awareness creation and implementation by relevant stakeholders.
  • Replicate sustainable marine tourism practices.
  • Highlight the value and importance of healthy marine and coastal ecosystems to marine tourism.

Targeted businesses and individuals to join the award will be within one of these categories and operating in the Asia Pacific region:

  1. Hotels & Resort
  2. Liveaboards
  3. Dive Operations

Judges

Rili Djohani, Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center
Jerker Tamelander, Head, UN Environment Coral Reef Unit
Chloe Harvey, Programmes Manager, Reef-World Foundation

Awards

  • Trophy / Certificate
  • Award ceremony during ADEX 2018 opening in Singapore
  • Promotion in Asian Geographic Magazines Pte. Ltd. media
  • Press coverage
  • Winners will be invited and will get free registration at the next CTI—CFF Regional Business Forum on Sustainable Tourism in 2018 which will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia. – a chance to promote your business to the six countries of the Coral Triangle (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste) and be a part of regional efforts to make the world’s most diverse marine ecosystem a sustainable marine tourism destination
  • Winners’ representative can avail of a 3-days free training on sustainable tourism at the Coral Triangle Center in Bali (travel and accommodation not included)

Participation Fees

  • A participation fee of SGD 100 will be charged for businesses who will join in order to cover part of the administration costs and costs of trophies.
  • All ADEX Singapore 2018 Exhibitors are exempted from the fees.
  • Members of Trade360 Corporate VIP Membership are exempted from the fees.
  • There will be no cost to nominate participants for the individual award category.
  • Green Fins members are automatically entered in the Green Fins awards.

Benefits

  • By entering the BlueGreen360 Awards, you enjoy these benefits as a Trade360 Member (worth S$200):
  • Corporate listing of your company on the UW360 website (please note that we only show listings that offer a special incentive to our readers, discounts, free breakfasts – get creative!)
  • S$100 off the price of booth rental at the ADEX China and ADEX Singapore 2018, waiver of the corner booth charge (worth S$300), and additional S$100 off every booth
  • Four complimentary magazine set subscriptions of the e-versions of Asian Diver + Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA + OCEAN PLANET
  • Up to 40% discount on online and print advertising rates in Asian Diver and Scuba Diver magazines when you book a block series of advertisements
  • For dive operators: every diver that you certify will be given a free one year subscription to either Asian Diver or Scuba Magazines.

HOW TO JOIN

For Businesses:

  • Interested participants can submit the application form here.
  • Each application form will require submission of 2 reference names for validation.
  • Each entry can enter in one category only.
  • Members of Trade360 VIP Corporate Membership and ADEX 2018 Exhibitors can enter for free.
  • Non-members and non-ADEX exhibitors can pay SDG100 to enter the award.
  • Green Fins members will be entered automatically for the Green Fins Award but can also apply for the other categories.
  • Application deadline is March 1, 2018.

For Individuals (Free):

  • Interested participants can submit the nomination form here.
  • Each nomination will require submission of 2 reference names.
  • Nomination deadline is March 1, 2018.

Criteria

The criteria for businesses are based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards for Hotels and Tour Operators and adapted to focus on marine and coastal environments.

1. Ocean Business Practice (25%)
Adopt sustainable environmental practices in its operations i.e. compliance with local environmental laws, zoning requirements related to protected areas, and provide regular training and guidance for personnel to ensure compliance with environmental regulations in the area of operation.

2. Community Engagement (25%)
Actively engage communities in sustainable marine tourism i.e. conduct awareness, outreach activities on marine conservation for local community members, work with community leaders in promoting marine conservation projects in the area of operation, provide opportunity for community members to economically participate in sustainable marine tourism through employment or the sale of sustainable products.

3. Innovative Eco Solutions (25%)
Adopt innovative means to minimize negative impact to marine and coastal environments i.e. use of innovative technologies in power generation and reduction of carbon footprint, ensure proper solid waste and wastewater management, implementation of various ways to reduce pollution from business operations.

4. Conservation Custodian (25%)
Maximize benefits and add value to marine biodiversity and coastal environment
i.e. active protection of marine biodiversity through initiatives and projects in the field, strict compliance of international and local codes of conduct in wildlife interaction, engage customers in marine and coastal conservation activities and projects.

The BlueGreen360 Personality of the Year award will go to an individual from the private sector who has demonstrated:

  • Pioneering efforts in promoting sustainable marine tourism in the private sector.
  • Mobilized various stakeholders in promoting sustainable business practices.
  • Recognized in the public domain for promoting sustainable marine tourism practices.

Submit your entry now!

Deadline for submission: 01 March 2018