In line with their corporate philosophy ‘Best Western for a Better and Greener World’, the Best Western Hotel Kaiserhof in Vienna, Austria, has been committed to sustainable tourism for years. Ethical and environmentally friendly practices have been integrated into the core of all operations, and the Kaiserhof is Best Western’s role model ‘green property’ in Austria. Those efforts recently earned Green Globe re-certification.
“Last year we were the first Austrian hotel to achieve the international Green Globe recognition, which made us very proud” said Anton Greiderer, Hotel Director. “Over the past year we could improve our sustainability performance systematically. This year we will focus on monitoring our consumption of resources more rigorously, while thriving for eco balance. Our recent socio-cultural initiatives include the creation of rooms, fit for people suffering from allergies – approved with the “ECARF” seal. I feel that in the hospitality industry, we have to take an active role in minimizing our impact, and raising awareness among our staff, guests, partners, suppliers, and all stakeholders.”
The Best Western Kaiserhof has implemented green practices at all operational levels: energy saving, waste management, biodegradable products, regular staff training to enhance ecological awareness, shared information encouraging guests to reuse towels and sheets, promoting local products as well as small local businesses, and use of eco-friendly transportation – such as Veloce Bicycle Courier Service. Recent energy saving measures includes the installation of a new air condition system, and LED lighting in the lobby, entrance hall and breakfast room.
As part of its social responsibility and commitment to society and the environment, the Best Western Kaiserhof supports Caritas, providing financial assistance for the health, education, and general welfare of orphaned and disadvantaged children. The hotel is actively involved with the local community, contributing to their sustainable development. Charitable organizations, such as ‘Gruft’, which cares for the needs of homeless people, receive regular donations from the Best Western Kaiserhof.
At a corporate level, Best Western Hotels – the world’s largest hotel chain – ‘Goes Green’, and hotels do everything from the basic in-room recycle bins, energy efficient appliances, green cleaning products – to the sophisticated, including geothermal and solar-powered hotels that actually sell power back to the grid. Through its worldwide program, Best Western supports many social initiatives, institutions, and community projects.
About Best Western Hotel Kaiserhof
The Best Western Premier Kaiserhof is located in a quiet setting in the historical heart of Vienna. The picturesque Ringstrasse, the State Opera House, gourmet restaurants, as well as trendy bars are just a short walk away. All 74 warmly decorated rooms and suites represent a stylish blend of turn-of-the-century architecture and modern amenities. This privately owned hotel prides itself on hospitality and service for eight generations. Built in 1896, on the former ‘Glacis Ground’, it ranked as one of the most modern hotels of its day, offering such novelties (for the time) as a guest elevator, central heating, electricity, and running water in all rooms. Due to the close friendship between the building owner and the Archduchess Marie Therese, the latter convinced her brother-in-law, Kaiser Franz Joseph, to approve naming the hotel ‘Kaiserhof’. Tradition and the Modern combine here with traditional Austrian charm.
Anton Christian Greiderer
Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Vienna
Tel. +43 (0) 1 505 1701 70
Fax +43 (0) 1 505 88 75 88
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com
Green Globe Certification