Movenpick Hotels & Resorts reaches 20 Green Globe certifications regionally
Jordan and Saudi Arabia set Middle East pace with Dead Sea resort receiving highest-ever rating.
Dubai UAE, 9th November 2011: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has now received Green Globe certification for 20 Middle Eastern properties, meaning that the international hotel group has become the leading hospitality company in the region in terms of measuring and monitoring its environmental and social performance.
In line with its corporate worldwide vision, Mövenpick hotels in the Middle East are strongly committed to Green Globe certification and specifically aim to establish a common and global approach to environmental, employer and social sustainability.
In the Middle East, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have been the ‘greenest’ countries to date, with five hotels in each country accredited with Green Globe status.
Mövenpick Resort Tala Bay Aqaba – which was the first to receive certification regionally – has since been joined by Aqaba, Petra, Petra Nabatean Castle and the Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort & Spa in achieving the prestigious ranking in Jordan.
And within this select group, and the company as a whole, the Dead Sea resort has been the most successful participant in the programme, recording 95 points, the highest-ever rating awarded by the Green Globe Institution.
Qassim, Jeddah, Al Nawras Jeddah, Al Khobar, Anwar Al Madinah, Madinah and Yanbu have also shown their environmentally aware credentials in Saudi Arabia, while two hotels in Dubai – Bur Dubai and Deira – have also been awarded certification. Mövenpick’s properties in Qatar and Kuwait, as well as Bahrain and Lebanon, were the other properties to make the grade.
Gerard Hotelier, Vice President Operations Middle East - Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, said he is proud to have so many hotels now Green Globe certified across the region and looks forward to more joining in the months ahead.
“The programme is not only important for our hotel company, but in a world where resources are increasingly scarce, it helps us set an example and raise industry benchmarks. Looking to the future, our present commitments and activities will increasingly become the expected standard of the hotel industry.”
Green Globe Certification CEO Guido Bauer said achieving Green Globe’s certified status is a hallmark for the highest international level of sustainable travel and tourism.
“In their first year of certification, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has exceeded the requirements, and in many cases its properties are world leaders in meeting the 339 sustainability indicators that define sustainable practice,” said Bauer.
“These indicators are documented activities that the properties are working at every day and have been independently verified by an accredited auditor’s on-site inspection.”
“The sustainable work practices and management of Mövenpick properties contribute to conservation of the natural and cultural heritage that surrounds the resorts, support communities through economic and social development programs and ensure quality employment for local people.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is aiming for 100 per cent of its hotels, resorts and cruises to be Green Globe certified within two years.
The origins of the Green Globe organisation can be traced back to the UN Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992, where 182 heads of state from around the world endorsed the Agenda 21 principles of sustainable development.
Two years later, the Green Globe membership was established. The Green Globe brand represents the best in sustainable practice within the travel and tourism sector and provides certification, training and marketing services in 83 countries.
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 14’000 employees, is represented in 25 countries with 71 hotels and resorts currently in operation. A further 30 properties are planned or already under construction in Ankara, (Turkey), Dubai (four projects – United Arab Emirates); Abu Dhabi (three projects – United Arab Emirates), Shanghai (China), Dharamshala (India).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service, culinary enjoyment and sustainable environments – all with a personal touch.
The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information please visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com.