First Five Star Hotel in India earns Green Globe certification

First Five Star Hotel in India earns Green Globe certification
December 13, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Achieving another milestone in the hospitality industry, Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore in India, has recently been awarded Green Globe certification. This makes it the first five-star hotel in the country to be Green Globe certified. In line with the corporate philosophy, Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore has been dedicated to the preservation of a safe and healthy environment for years.

“In today’s tough times, being eco-friendly and maintaining it, is the core of all business, said Biswajit Chakraborty, General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore. “We have implemented eco-friendly practices at all levels of our operation, from people to procurement, to product and services. The core values at our property include a firm commitment to conserving resources, preventing pollution, and to act with integrity. Sustainability to us means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are proud of our achievements, and will challenge ourselves to improve the standards, since sustainability is an ongoing process.”

The values of quality, reliability, and care are fundamental in guiding this upscale property towards best sustainable business practices. A special Green Team formed of eleven individuals from different departments, monitors the progress of eco-friendly measures, shaping and realizing the hotel’s environmental goals. The hotel uses green energy, provided by wind, and LED lighting is installed throughout all areas of the property. Waste volume, weight and reduction goals are specified, garbage is being segregated per Mövenpick’s waste management policy. A reuse and recycle policy is in place and packaging is reduced to a minimum. Suppliers adhering to environmentally friendly practices, organic and certified products are favored.

As part of their CSR initiatives, Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore works closely with a number of social and fund raising organizations, contributing to a positive community and environment. “Joy of Giving” is a campaign conducted every three months, and employees donate their clothes, books, and toys that are still in good condition, to fund local charities, such as the regional Snehasadan. In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the hotel strongly supports Hunar Se Rozgar, a training program creating employable skills in eligible young people. Blood donation drives, relief funds, and charitable events are organized by on a regular basis.

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 80 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Sanya (Hainan Island, China) and Djerba (Tunisia).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specializes 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 and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to 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.moevenpick-hotels.com.

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About Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore is the maiden venture of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. This brand new 182 room five-star hotel of Bangalore city also features a variety of dining experiences to choose from. The seven meeting rooms, along with an outdoor venue can host meetings and events for up to 500 people. With the international airport at close vicinity, the hotel has proved to be much more than a convenient destination for its loyal international guests and the local crowd. The gym, swimming pool, and world-class spa offer ideal relaxation.

For further information, please contact:

Aarthi Kalyanaraman
Public Relations Manager
aarthi.kalyanaraman@moevenpick.com
Mobile contact: +91 97422 81735

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

Contact:
Green Globe Certification
Phone +1-310-337-3000
Fax +1-310-626-9982
prlax@greenglobe.com
www.greenglobe.com