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The awards are made to businesses achieving the highest number of certification criteria under the Green Globe Certification Standard for Sustainable Tourism. In addition, special merit awards are made to businesses, who demonstrate a commitment to sustainable tourism that is exceptional and worthy of global recognition.
A total of 13 winners have been selected by the Green Globe expert panel of judges. The judges were impressed by the manner in which the 2012 winners have clearly recognised that a fully integrated sustainability program must do more than just improve performance of the business. All of the 2012 winners have achieved considerable reductions in energy consumption, some operate 100% self-sustainable. Considerable efforts have also been made to educate staff and reach out into the wider community, creating a property clearly dedicated to both personal responsibility and informing, empowering and improving its surrounding environment.
Regional winners include the Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Cairo-Media City (Africa), Mövenpick Hotel Muenchen-Airport (Europe), Anantara Phangan Rasananda Resort & Spa in Thailand (Asia/Pacific), Agape Cottages in the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean), Le Meridien Cyberport in Hong Kong (China), Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea in Jordan (Middle East), Hacienda Tres Rios in Mexico (North/Central America) and Chepu Adventures Eco Lodge in Chile (South America).
The special merit awards went to Steiger OHG (Germany) for Best Attraction, Inselgemeinde Juist (Germany) for Best Business, the Hannover Congress Centrum (Germany) for Best Convention Center, Comite Regional du Tourisme de Bretagne (France) for Best Destination Management Company, and Class Tour (Brazil) for Best Tour Company.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said, “Congratulations to all our winners for their outstanding contributions to sustainable tourism. I am thrilled about this wonderful success of our members worldwide and their commitment to making green choices for global environmental preservation.”
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