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Based in Los Angeles, California and with partners in Mexico, South America, South Africa, Middle East, the Caribbean and Europe, Green Globe Certification provides certification for the sustainable operations and management of travel and tourism companies and their related supplier businesses. Green Globe Certification also maintains a global network of independent auditors who provide third party inspection and validation.
The Swiss hotel group, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world. Most recently, the Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach in Phuket was re-certified for demonstrating continued social responsibility and, Movenpick Resort Hurghada in Egypt was awarded a Green Globe certification for their innovative approach.
Mövenpick Resort Hurghada
“Mövenpick Resort Hurghada joined the Mövenpick Hotels & Resort family not so long ago – in March 2012,” said Alain Chatel, General Manager at the Mövenpick Resort Hurghada. “Achieving Green Globe certification is a great milestone for this property, strengthening our efforts to be fully in line with the Mövenpick standard. As the new general manager of the hotel I am very happy to see that the dedication of our entire team to achieve the prestigious certification has paid off.”
A long term sustainability management system is in place at the Mövenpick Resort Hurghada, energy and water consumption is strictly monitored. In addition, various projects on alternative green energy sources and water preservation are in progress. A special Green Team was established to identify, analyze and implement environmental goals set by the hotel. Awareness is promoted among suppliers and partners, asking to commit to sustainable business practices. The property actively supports the community and charities, such as El Khabar El Tayeb, a local organization caring for children and young adults with special needs.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “We are extremely pleased to award certification to the Mövenpick Resort Hurghada in Egypt. Within a very short period of time, this resort took a leading role promoting sustainable tourism in Egypt. The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has set an integrated ‘Tourism Sustainable Development Plan’ that will continue with improvements to the tourism sector up to 2020.”
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket
Green Globe has also announced re-certification of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket in Phuket, Thailand. This resort identifies and promotes sustainable strategies, and has demonstrated corporate social responsibility for the past few years. The success of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts sustainability efforts lies in its integration into their business strategy.
“We are very proud of our achievement with Green Globe,” said Hansruedi Frutiger, General Manager at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket. “The resort is committed to promoting sustainability and our commitment is reflected in our management principles and our daily practices. It is our goal to reduce the environmental impact on all levels, and to encourage our partners and stakeholders to do the same.”
A long term sustainability management system is also in place at this resort. Water reduction goals are set and the property makes use of water from their own treatment plant, located in the city. Waste volume, weight and reduction goals are specified and a comprehensive reuse and recycle policy is in place. Packaging is reduced to a minimum and the purchasing policy favors suppliers adhering to sustainable practices. Recently, the hotel introduced a new line of eco-friendly water bottles and bathroom amenities. The property incorporates Thai traditions and supports community-related activities promoting the area’s nature, history and culture.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “The property is a member of The Green Leaf Foundation, dedicated to develop both, the quality of the environment and the tourism industry at the same time. Educational training seminars on energy efficiency and environmental standards are being held on a regular basis.”
The audit for both resorts was conducted by Farnek Avireal, lead sustainability consultancy in the MENA region. For additional information please contact Sandrine Le Biavant, e-mail: Sandrine.LeBiavant@farnek.com.