RIU Hotels and Resorts has commitment to audit its entire property portfolio against the Travelife Sustainability System by the end of 2014.
The group has already started phase one of the project with the first seven RIU Hotels & Resorts achieving Travelife Gold awards. These hotels include the Riu Calypso, the Riu Garoe, the Riu Belplaya, the Riu Monica and Riu Nautilus in Spain, as well as the Riu Tikida Dunas and the Riu Tikida Beach in Morocco.
Later this year, a further three RIU Hotels and Resorts will be audited against the Travelife Sustainability System in Morocco, together with properties in Cape Verde and the Algarve.
In the next phase during 2013/14, RIU Hotels and Resorts will work with its remaining properties worldwide, including those located in Bulgaria, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Madeira, Mexico, Morocco and Spain.
Nikki White, Head of Destinations and Sustainability at ABTA and Travelife said 'By committing to Travelife, RIU Hotels and Resorts is showing they are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment, as well as developing their staff, supporting local businesses and their local communities. Holiday makers staying in these properties can be sure that RIU Hotels and Resorts care about people and the planet, as well as offering their guests the very best holiday experience.'
The international RIU chain was founded by the RIU family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation. The company specialises in sun and sand holiday resorts. RIU Hotels & Resorts has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries and 25,000 employees which welcome over 3.2 million guests a year.
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