Hilton Hurghada Plaza Egypt awarded First Green Globe certification in its region

Hilton Hurghada Plaza Egypt awarded First Green Globe certification in its region
January 2, 2014 Arton Kabashi

Located not far from the colorful markets of downtown Hurghada on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, Hilton Hurghada Plaza offers an extraordinary range of vacation experiences. From snorkeling and diving with turtles and dolphins, to exploring the islands of the Red Sea. Or back on land, off-road treks across the Egyptian Desert followed by a sunset dinner among the dunes.

hilton_article_imageHilton Hurghada Plaza is a resort hotel with 220 rooms, covering 50,000m2 of beachside and fringed by turquoise waters. The hotel’s General Manager, Mr Mehdi Othmani is an experienced practitioner when it comes to providing a holistic approach to people and place, as well as delivering quality service.

“Sustainability and conservation are embedded into the fabric of Hilton Worldwide and my team at Hilton Hurghada Plaza proves its commitment to essential green methods each and every day,” says Mr Othmani. “We are proud to be the first Hilton Worldwide hotel in Europe, Middle East and Africa to be awarded Green Globe certification and, as such, be a standard bearer for environmentally friendly business practice within the company.”

Vice President of Operations, Hilton Worldwide Egypt & Levant. Mr Christian Muhr sees the certification as an important part of the group’s ongoing success, “At Hilton Worldwide; sustainability is one the pillars to the success of our ‘Travel with Purpose’ business approach and we have adapted standards for measuring sustainable practices just like in any other area of our business.

“The Green Globe certification is testament to Hilton Hurghada Plaza’s success of balancing quality service with new sustainable practices and the real life implementation of these standards. It is a paramount vision that all of our Egypt hotels follow the robust internal and external sustainability measures we have in place for our everyday business,” concluded Mr Muhr.

Green Globe CEO, Mr Guido Bauer is proud to welcome Hilton Hurghada to the ranks of its Green Globe certified hotels and resorts, “While Egypt’s tourism sector continues to meet ongoing challenges, the Red Sea destination allows travellers the chance to enjoy the bio-diverse beauty of the country’s marine sites, alongside the unique landscapes of its deserts.

“From our past experience working with Hilton, we already understood that the hotel group has in place its own Global Sustainability Policy and uses a bespoke sustainability management tool, ‘Lightstay’ to document, benchmark and monitor their hotels’ usage of utilities and waste management practices. It is therefore not surprising that in its first year of certification, Hilton Hurghada Plaza has already achieved 76% against the Green Globe Standard.

“I enthusiastically congratulate Hilton Hurghada Plaza on their certification. Their compliance rating is among the best of our first-year performers. I particularly note that the average service of employees at this hotel is around 9 years. This is a clear indication that Hilton Hurghada Plaza is committed to its people, as well as forging a prosperous future on Egypt’s unique Red Sea,” added Mr Bauer.

About Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel
Overlooking the Red Sea, the Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel offers breathtaking views. Located on a private beach, the resort is just three minutes from downtown Hurghada, Egypt. Hurghada International Airport is 15 minutes away.
Savor sea views on the balcony from all 220 guest rooms and suites at this waterfront resort. From casual beachfront dining to romantic candlelit meals, the resort offers a wide choice to suit all occasions. Refresh by the pool with hearty snacks or indulge in gourmet cuisine while gazing across the Red Sea.
Spend leisurely days on the private beach and enjoy diving and water sports in the Red Sea. Work out at the gym and plunge into the outdoor pool. Stay active with a game of tennis, squash or beach volleyball. Simply relax in the sauna and whirlpool or with a massage at the spa. Children will love the kids’ pool and kids’ club.
Host a memorable business meeting, function or wedding overlooking the Red Sea. Entertain up to 130 guests on the private beach or 220 in the Plaza Ballroom. The hotel boasts a business center, 24-hour internet café, and wireless internet access throughout.

Hilton Hurghada Plaza
Address: PO Box 274
Gabal El Hareem Main Street, Hurghada
Telephone: +20 65 354 9745
Facsimile: +20 65 354 7597
Contact Person: Mr. Medhi Othmani
Email: Mehdi.Othmani@Hilton.com

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

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