Responsible hotel winners this quarter

NH Hotels' Christmas room programme

NH Hotels' Christmas room programme

A round-up of hotels recognised this quarter for their responsible business activities.

Appleby Manor Country House Hotel

Appleby Manor in Cumbria, UK were named winners of the Easy Being Green (Eco-Friendly) category at the Best Loved Hotels Awards.

Appleby Manor has long standing eco credentials, having been awarded a Green Tourism Gold Award, and claiming top spot in the Cumbria Tourism Awards earlier this year in the Sustainable Tourism category, which means the hotel will go onto represent Cumbria in the VisitEngland Excellence Awards 2016.

The team at Appleby Manor take their commitment to the environment very seriously and in an effort to minimise any impact the hotel may have, they have made a commitment to reduce and minimise these effects where possible. They use local suppliers to reduce food miles, they have installed a biomass boiler to reduce energy use and have also created their own bore hole to reduce water use, alongside a raft of other eco measures.

During the recent spa development owners Mike and Angela were keen to minimise the impact of this build on the local environment so it is equipped with the latest in environmental technologies to conserve water and minimise heat loss.

Owner Mike Dunbobbin, said, "As a tourism business we are firmly committed to doing everything in our power to protect and sustain the environment; both from a local point of view and in terms or the wider global context. We strive to do all we can to support our local community.”

Diversey Care Honours Winners for the ‘Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility’ at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2015

Club Med and NH Hotel Group shared an award for their joint corporate initiatives, and Gaviota Group also received an award for its individual initiative.

Diversey Care sponsored the ‘Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility’ award and honored hotel groups that demonstrated sustainability best practices within their operations and/or a social responsibility towards the local population, staff and tourist sites.

Club Med’s initiative to ‘actively contribute to local development with Agrisud’ demonstrated a strong bettering in economic and social benefits for its local community, by providing local employment, know-how transfers and purchases. The initiative, in partnership with Agrisud – a charitable organisation promoting the development of agricultural family businesses internationally - has been extended to a number of countries including Brazil, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Indonesia, offering up-skilling for local producers and families in sustainable agriculture. The results have produced 180 small enterprises supported by Agrisud, spanning over 1,000 people, with 60 tons of produce delivered at the end of 2014, and an aggregate financial support of €420,000.

The joint award winner was ITP member NH Hotel Group and its ‘Hotels with a Heart’ initiative, which provides 20,000 night stays through agreements with hospitals, foundations and NGOs in various countries. In doing so, it provides support and accommodation to underprivileged families whose children are hospitalised with serious illnesses outside of their home cities. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014, NH Hotel Group launched a special Christmas campaign to fulfill the wishes of many sick children and teenagers who were hospitalised away from home during the Christmas period and wanted to spend this special time of the year with their families close by. The campaign involved 60 hotels and the collaboration of 11 foundations and NGOs, and offered 300 night stays to these families in need in 30 cities around the world across a period of 10 weeks. You can watch the Hotels with a Heart video here.

The individual winner of the award, Gaviota, an operator of more than 20,000 hotel rooms in Cuba, ensures environmental excellence by operating the first hotel in Cuba designed to obtain an innovative international label dedicated to biodiversity: the BIODIVERCITY® label. In addition to this, Gaviota partnered with Bouygues Batiment International in developing the first Cuban hotels with recognised international certification for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

NH Hotel Group recognised as a Global Performance Leader by CDP in Investors' Preferred Sustainability Rating

NH Hotel Group has attained the highest score on the performance dimension of the 2015 edition of the CDP's Climate Change Programme, which acknowledges the work done by the world's leading companies to help tackle climate change.

Of all the companies submitting for the 2015 edition, NH Hotel Group is among the select 5% to be included on the Climate A List, which is prepared at the request of 822 investors who represent over one-third of invested global capital.

Mónica Chao Janeiro, Director of Environmental Management and Sustainability at NH Hotel Group, said, “Here at the Company we are very proud of this place on a ranking which acknowledges our massive commitment to the environment, as is enshrined in our Business Plan. This distinction will encourage us to continue to work hard to help reduce climate change risks and spearhead the corporate effort to achieve this target.”

All Steigenberger hotels in Europe achieved resource management certification

Steigenberger adopts a holistic approach to using resources in a responsible manner and to achieving ongoing improvement in environmental management.

The Steigenberger Hotel Group is the only company in Germany to have had all its European outlets certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 Standard by the ZER-QMS environmental certification body.

ISO 14001 puts a combination of methods in place to bring about a continuous improvement in a company’s environmental performance. Relevant environmental objectives are defined for this purpose. Monitoring takes place in the form of audits carried out by an external organisation.

“Environmental management is an essential component of our corporate philosophy,” said Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG. “It is an issue which our employees have taken ownership of and is implemented on a daily basis.”

The Steigenberger Hotel Group has been certified as having achieved major successes in resource efficiency by making enormous savings in the areas of electricity, water and waste. Since 2012, for example, consumption of water and electricity has been reduced by 15 and 9 percent respectively.

Steigenberger has drawn up a “Best Practice Catalogue” to serve as a guide to the implementation of environmental management in all of its hotels. Nine specially trained members of staff are responsible for conducting internal audits.

“We are very proud of being the environmental flagship project for the Steigenberger Hotel Group,” added Torsten K. Schulze, Area General Manager for the Eastern Region and the Steigenberger Hotel Group’s CR Representative. “The structure offered by a management system enables us to ensure continuous improvement in our environmental performance”.

Amathus Beach Hotel Cyprus awarded “Green Hotel of the Year 2015”

The Amathus Beach Hotel, a 5-star beachfront resort on the outskirts of Limassol, Cyprus won Green Hotel of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards.

The Amathus Beach Hotel management motto is that a fully integrated sustainability programme must do more than just improve hotel performance. Therefore, Amathus has launched numerous green initiatives to become an ecologically conscious resort and a leader in European Hotels concerning sustainability projects.

Highlights of its green initiatives include an advanced central geo-exchange and heat recovery system that exploits sea water for heating/cooling purposes for hotel needs, contributing to a significant reduction of environmental pollution. Additionally, a desalination plant is used for the hotel water supply, as well as for irrigation purposes. This unique system has contributed to the protection of the environment, giving the Amathus family the incentive to upgrade all other procedures, such us recycling of plastic, paper, glass, oil, batteries, printers’ inks etc.

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