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Kurt Ritter

Kurt Ritter

Kurt Ritter was born in Switzerland in 1947. He was educated at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme at Fontainebleau in France. He has been at the head of The Rezidor Hotel Group as President and CEO for more than 20 years. Highly acclaimed as the longest serving CEO in the hospitality industry, he has been with the company for 35 years.

Pressure to cut cradle to grave product emissions

A new study commissioned by the Carbon Trust Advisory of senior managers has found that 50% of multinationals look set to select their suppliers based upon carbon performance in the future According to the research, 29% of suppliers are likely to lose their places on ‘green supply chains’ if they do not have an adequate […]

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Fairmont reduces CO2 emissions by 8.4%

As part of its ongoing climate change strategy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has cut its CO2 output by 8.4 percent As a member of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers program, Fairmont has pledged to reduce its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels by 2013, and was […]

International Tourism Partnership chief calls for smart, inclusive and responsible growth

Speaking to 250 delegates at the first HOT.E Hotel Investment Conference Europe, Stephen Farrant, director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) said that the “the world’s prospects for balanced and consistent growth look highly uncertain, and the common assumption that financial growth – as we currently define it – leads automatically to a more prosperous […]

New initiative to standardise the hotel industry’s carbon measures

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are collaborating on a groundbreaking initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardised methodology and metrics informed by the GHG Protocol standards For the first time, leaders within the hotel industry are collaborating […]