Macau Green Hotel Award 2015 has been concluded with 17 hotels being awarded, according to a press release from the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA). Gold prize winners include Sands Macao Hotel, Crown Towers, Hard Rock Hotel, Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel and Hotel Okura; the silver award went to Galaxy Hotel, Hotel Guia, Riviera Hotel, Hotel Royal, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Grand Emperor Hotel and Grand Lisboa Hotel. The award was launched in 2007 and seeks to raise awareness of the importance of environmental management in Macau’s hotel industry, and also provides a platform for showcasing efforts, learning and collaboration. The 2015 edition registered five more hotels awarded the gold prize and four more budget hotels awarded, with the winners of the 2014 edition including MGM Macau, The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, and the Hotel Beverly Plaza. The programme is organised by the DSPA in collaboration with the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), with support by the Macau Hotel Association and the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre. As at the end of March this year a total of 38 hotels had participated and were awarded in all editions of the Macau Green Hotel Award, comprising 35 per cent of all Macau hotels, corresponding to 19,000 rooms, or 60 per cent of all hotel rooms in the territory. The award ceremony will take place in June and the DSPA will start accepting applications for the Macau Green Hotel Award 2016 in the last quarter of this year.