Last year, about 50 million more people traveled to international destinations than ever before, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. This accounts for a lot more emissions going into the atmosphere and an increase in carbon pollution.
In an effort to encourage guests to act responsibly, Green Globe certified hotels around the world have launched a variety of initiatives to cut emissions. Electric cars, bikes and even boats are now available for guests to get out and about. Green Globe member hotels are also making sure their hundreds of staff are offered eco-friendly alternatives to get around. Here are just a few highlights.
Movenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg is located in the historical village of Voorburg, with a delightful selection of local shops and restaurants. The hotel General Manager leads the way on carbon reduction, driving his Mitsubishi electric car to work. The hotel also has three charging points onsite where the public can recharge their electric cars.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is a city landmark celebrating its 150th jubilee anniversary. The hotel rests on the banks of the Amstel River running through the centre of the Dutch capital. Green transport options include bicycles for hire and electric canal boats to explore the heritage listed canals.
Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is within walking distance of Amsterdam’s historical centre, the central station and many museums. Canal boats and water taxis are available at the hotel’s own jetty situated in front of the property. Hotel staff use hybrid cars to get about and the hotel pays the costs for employees to catch municipal public transportation (GVB).
Sir Albert Hotel, accommodates guests in the vibrant and cosmopolitan De Pijp District, home to artisans, the literati and numerous dining spots. The hotel provides detailed information on how to explore the area on foot, saving money and the environment. For airport transfers, Sir Albert will book an electric taxi to pick you up.
Mövenpick Hotel München-Airport is within 8 minutes of Munich Airport, next to the Munich Airport Business Park. Cycling is very popular in Germany, with pedal power promoted for health and wellbeing. The hotel and airport precincts have good bike infrastructure and the hotel offers all guests bicycles for hire.
Mövenpick Hotel Berlin, near the famous Potsdamer Platz, is just 100 metres from public transport at the Anhalter Bahnhof S-Bahn station. To reduce carbon emissions in Germany’s capital, the hotel subsidizes train tickets and local car sharing services for all staff. Multiple eCar charging stations have been installed at the hotel for the convenience of guests.
Wissenschafts-und Kongresszentrum Darmstadt (Darmstadtium) is a hi-tech convention centre located in the city of Darmstadt. Conference participants can catch local bus and trams (Heag Mobilo) or rail (Deutsche Bahn AG) to the congress center. Darmstadtium also provides a congress ticket for local public transportation and reduced rates are offered for long distance travel by train.
Guldsmeden Hotels welcome visitors to the super bicycle-friendly city of Copenhagen. Guests are encouraged to burn extra energy by peddling around the city. If the exercise gets too much, simply call an Uber and they will bring both you and your bike (on their nifty bike racks) back to the hotel.
At Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket in Thailand, new electric tuk tuks (auto-rickshaws) are the latest innovation, transporting guests around the resort as well as delivering food and equipment to different areas of the resort. Limousines have also been replaced with new hybrid cars resulting in a lower carbon footprint during airport transfers.
Prior to the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Le Grand Hôtel Cannes hosted a Tesla pop up showroom where guests and members of the public test drove these stylish electric salons. The future plan is to develop touring routes across Europe, so Tesla owners can drive from hotel to hotel, charging as they go. Le Grand Hôtel Cannes plans to install three Tesla Powerwalls to meet this new trend in eGrand-Touring.