Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna: Awarded GOLD for Five Years Pioneering Sustainability

Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna: Awarded GOLD for Five Years Pioneering Sustainability
September 28, 2016 Bradley Cox

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The Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna enjoys a unique location directly on the beach overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea. Surrounded by ever-growing gardens and tranquil lagoons, it represents the perfect place for the ultimate holiday experience. To keep this paradise for generations to come, the resort does not spare any efforts with regards to environmental management.

The resort  is considered a pioneer hotel for sustainability on the Red Sea, since it has been active for many years in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, and recognized by several prestigious International awards.

Green Globe congratulates Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna on its Gold Membership status marking five years of certification.

“We are extremely proud having received once again the Green Globe certificate.” says Osama Abaza, General Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna. “Being now a ‘Gold Member’, as a result of our fifth Green Globe certification, is an important recognition of the resort’s continuous efforts and pursuit for progressive and sustainable environmental operation policies. At the same time, this motivates every one of us

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to carry on and contribute to a better living environment for the community and for the next generations.”

Environmental conservation practices are an inherent part of the hotel operation and have been adopted and applied by the team members within their work routine. Energy and water saving measures and installations include energy saving lamps, power control keys, A/C control buttons, water saving devices and towel/linen change options. The resort’s grey water is treated and reused to irrigate the gardens by dripping system. Special emphasis is given to waste management, supported by the nearby recycling plant of El Gouna, where 90% of all waste being delivered is recycled and re-used.

The Green Team with representatives from all department is meeting on a regular basis to follow up on action plans, new ideas, guest awareness activities and to set new goals to continuously improve the environmental performance of the resort.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna takes special pride in its social activities, focusing on supporting and enabling the education on local communities.

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Walied El Faramawy, Training Manager in charge of Sustainability states: “Within our SHINE activities, we have set objectives to support on regular basis the living and educational situation for the children and population of “Zerzara” in Hurghada.

Hurghada, the popular tourist destination on the Red Sea, has known a tremendous growth and development in the past 20 years. A large number of hotels, new residential areas, shopping malls and a good infrastructure are presenting Hurghada in a positive image and the city on the Red Sea has recently been rewarded as ‘Best Arab Tourist Destination 2015’. But behind this bright image lies a reality that is often forgotten or ignored: The area of Zerzara in Hurghada is home to thousands of underprivileged people, struggling to survive with a monthly average income of 400-700 Egyptian Pounds per family, equivalent to USD 3 per day. This is where we want to help and contribute to a better life, especially for the children.”

In cooperation with local primary schools, the hotel is sponsoring for the second consecutive year pupils by paying the annual school fee, purchasing a uniform set and shoes and offering them a school bag filled with stationary and school utensils.

The engineering team of the hotel has visited the local primary school and conducted needed repair and maintenance works, as well as installed a new water pump, which has been donated by the hotel.

blanket-distributionDuring the Holy Month of Ramadan the hotel management and a group of team members has visited Zerzara area to distribute bags of food and raw material to poor families.

For the cooler winter months, the hotel has purchased blankets and woolen covers for the people in need of Zerzara. A donation activity among the hotel team members has allowed also to offer shoes to over 50 children.

The resort has invited girls from the local orphanage to spend a leisurely day at the hotel, filled with games, fun, boys-school-giftsyummy food and give to take home.

Furthermore, the resort management promotes actively the employment of young people with disabilities and supports young students of the local hotel school within their studies and professional development.

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Fore more information

Brigitte Gobran
Public Relations Manager
Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna

 

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco).

Focusing on expanding within 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 with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world.

The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.com.