By The Nation
The international hospitality firm has also been hailed a “global sustainability leader” in the ‘Green Globe Report 2017’, with more than 50 per cent of its certified properties worldwide achieving the entity’s prestigious “Gold” status – an accolade bestowed on hotels and resorts that have achieved Green Globe certification for five years or more.
These properties have been independently audited across 385 performance indicators and consistently met or exceeded the standards and criteria this rigorous certification process entails.
“This year is an important milestone on the Movenpick Hotels & Resorts’ sustainability journey,” said Guido Bauer, Green Globe chief executive officer. “More than half of all Green Globe certified hotels in the group have achieved Gold status. This is a true indication of the consistent dedication that management and staff have put in and continue to give while doing the best for the planet and their people. It shows that sustainability is now woven into the operational fabric of the hotels.”
For the last 25 years, Green Globe has set the highest standards of sustainability certification for the travel and tourism industry. The key requirement is for properties to execute an active Sustainability Management Plan that delivers performance in the areas of socio-economic contribution; environmental protection; and the preservation of culture and heritage.
At each Green Globe certified Movenpick hotel and resort, this plan is activated via an in-house green team and, to ensure verification of these actions, an independent on-site inspection is regularly conducted.
Best practice examples highlighted in the Green Globe report include the Movenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport in Germany for cutting energy consumption by 36 per cent and rolling out an effective CO2 reduction programme, the Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate in Dubai achieving an annual waste reduction of 60 metric tonnes and the Movenpick Resort El Quseir in Egypt developing an artificial reef to protect endangered coral reefs, which are vital to sustaining the bio-diversity.
The Movenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh‘s organic farm also features 2,232 square metres of fruit trees, vegetables and flowers, generating fresh produce for the hotel’s kitchen and offering guests an authentic experience and the Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach in Phuket installing an innovative high-tech water supply machine.
All of these initiatives are part of Movenpick’s successful CSR programme Shine, which focuses on three pillars - environment, employer and social Sustainability - with education an important thread common to each.
The programme aims to give back to the communities where the company operates its properties and as a major facet of each hotel’s Sustainability Management Plan, is crucial to M?venpick achieving its Green Globe certification.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in 2017, with our Green Globe ‘Gold’ status cementing our position as a hotel group raising the benchmark for sustainable hospitality practices, but as a company that never rests on its laurels, we will push the boundaries next year, ensuring our new and existing properties not only uphold, but exceed the standards we have set,” said Olivier Chavy, president and chief executive officer of Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.
Find more at www.Movenpick.com.