Green Globe celebrates first Member in the Philippines

Green Globe celebrates first Member in the Philippines
February 25, 2014 Arton Kabashi

“Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu made the difference between talking about sustainability and having sustainability certified by an independent third party against an international standard. The hotel has scored in the top 15% of all Green Globe certified hotels worldwide,“ said Green Globe CEO Guido Bauer.

Mr. Bauer presented the prestigious certificate, along with the Green Globe Sustainability Leadership Award during a festive ceremony, held at the hotel yesterday. This world-class beachfront resort identifies and promotes sustainable strategies, and has demonstrated corporate social responsibility for the past few years. The certificate is a milestone for the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan, and cements the hotel’s commitment to sustainability.

Sustainability is deeply rooted in the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Group worldwide. The hotel itself was redesigned to minimize energy consumption, using natural ventilation and daylight elements. Throughout the entire property heat absorption is reduced, while the amount of incoming daylight is optimized – both for lighting purposes, and to take full advantage of Cebu’s warm and breezy tropical climate.

LED lighting is installed throughout all areas, resulting in substantial cost and energy savings. Energy usage in the guest rooms is further reduced by regulating air conditioning room temperatures to 24 degrees Celsius and implementing keycard sensors to turn off electricity as soon as the guest leaves the room. A rainwater harvesting system collects water for the hotel’s swimming pool. Guests are encouraged to participate in the hotel’s green initiatives.

As part of their CSR program, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu conducts a quarterly beach clean-up, supported by all staff members. These activities save marine life, as each year hundreds of thousands of sea birds become entangled in marine debris. They lose their legs, cannot swim or feed. They either starve to death or drown. Entanglement is not limited to birds, but affects all types of creatures, including whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and turtles.

The audit for the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu was conducted by Farnek, the accredited Green Globe auditing company for the Middle East and Asia.

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), Istanbul (Turkey), Shanghai (China), and Marrakech (Morocco).
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.

Contact
Laurie Reyes
PR Manager
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Manila Sales Office
12th Floor, Area C Allied Bank Center
6754 Ayala Ave., Legaspi St.,
Makati City
Philippines
Tel. +63 02 804 3620
Email laurie.reyes@moevenpick.com
www.moevenpick-hotels.com/cebu

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
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www.greenglobe.com