W DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES PRESENTED WITH INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD ‘GREEN KEY’
W Doha demonstrates its environmental responsibility with its first ‘Green Key’ certificate award to a hotel in Qatar
Doha, Qatar (January 2014) – W Doha Hotel & Residences, recently was honoured as the first hotel in Qatar to be awarded with the prestigious international environmental certificate, ‘Green Key.’ The award is an eco-label for tourism and leisure establishments that fulfil a rigorous list of environmental requirements, which demonstrates its responsibility for its surroundings and community.
The criteria for the award is judged across a number of ‘Green Key Programme’ pillars including a list of environmental requirements, covering a wide range of standards, from environmental demands, availability of action plans, education and communication. Recognized globally as an international standard for business in the tourism and leisure industry, the ‘Green Key’ guarantees voluntary commitment of the company.
W Doha is passionate about encouraging guests to support the planet as much as possible. Managing the environmental impact and reducing environmental risks are primary responsibilities at W Doha. Over the past year, the hotel has hosted a number of environmental sustainability initiatives such as ‘Make a Green Choice’, beach clean-ups, recycling projects in the hotel and staff accommodation, which have resulted in a 100% increase of plastic, paper and cans being recycled from August to December 2013 – a win-win for the environment, the guest and organisation.
General Manager of W Doha, Safak Guvenc comments, “We are honoured to be the first hotel in Qatar to receive such a commendable award and hope to set an example for the hospitality industry in the region. We will continue to work on initiatives that drive awareness around green issues and ensure that we are aligned with Qatar’s 2030 national vision of transforming it into an advanced country, whilst adhering to a highly sustainable approach. The ‘Green Key’ marks a step in the right direction for W Doha’s ongoing commitment towards environmental sustainability within the hotel, the local community and on a global scale.”
About W Doha Hotel & Residences
Casual glamour meets urban energy at W Doha Hotel & Residences. Find insider access to the hottest shopping, buzzing nightlife and full array of restaurants and lounges located in the hotel. W Doha features 292 rooms and suites each with iconic design. Experience creative cuisine at Spice Market and Market by chef Jean-Georges, La Spiga by Paper Moon or try the W Café for mouth-watering snacks. The hotel invites you to mingle at one of the three bars & lounges, the Living Room, Wahm and Crystal, the sleekest spots in town, or kick back and re-energise at the BLISS® Spa or the WET poolside. Finally, get some business done and connect with the world in the Wired Business Centre or meeting rooms. Should guests need to leave the hotel, they can discover historical culture at the Museum of Islamic Arts in the Corniche, or take in the sounds and spices of Souq Waqif, both only minutes away from W Doha, with the help of the hotel’s own W Insiders. Too much choice? Rest assured the W brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service philosophy, will be able to offer you whatever you want – day or night!
About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 40 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand's sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts and signature spas. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels and W Retreats have been announced for Paris, St. Petersburg, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Bali, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, and Verbier, among other international destinations. For more information, visit www.whotels.com