Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam contributes to a Sustainable Future

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam contributes to a Sustainable Future
December 12, 2013 Arton Kabashi

For years, Green Globe Member, the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center in the Netherlands, has demonstrated outstanding efforts and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and corporate responsibility. For Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, sustainability is about meeting current needs, while at the same time preserving and contributing to the future for generations to come.

“Earning our third Green Globe recognition is a wonderful reward of our extra efforts made last year,” said Albert Rouwendal, General Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center and Director of Operations Benelux. “Our goal is to continuously improve our performance, and to try and find the best possible solutions for an eco-friendly and responsible operation. Sustainability should be on top of everybody’s mind during daily business, and it is our objective to increase awareness among our staff, guests, and stakeholders.”

A long term sustainability management system is in effect at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam, and the property only uses 100% sustainable energy. Monthly energy and water consumption is recorded and benchmarked. The hotel’s zero-impact policy encourages guests to support a carbon-neutral stay.

Social responsibility is a huge topic at Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam, and the hotel promotes the philosophy of volunteerism. Immersed with the community, the property works closely with a number of local programs, contributing to a positive environment. Staff members volunteer with ‘Laat ze maar lachen’, a Dutch foundation that organizes food, clothes, and activities for children, who live a life below poverty line. Regular donations are being made to ‘Vonk’, a research program to fight special types of pediatric cancer, and developing new medications to cure more patients.

The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam actively supports the Climate Neutral Group, a social venture that strives towards a 100% climate neutral world. This non-profit organization assists businesses in making the transition to climate neutrality, and develops climate-neutral devices and products for their customers. Hotel guests can choose to donate Euro 1 per stay, helping to fund renewable energy projects in developing countries. Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam sponsors the ‘The Paradigm Project’, aiming to improve health and incomes in Kenya. By replacing traditional cooking on an open fire with clean and sustainable cook stoves, CO2 emissions are reduced and carbon credits generated.

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.

Contact:
Dirje van Laar
Marketing Supervisor
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center
Piet Heinkade 11
1019 BR Amsterdam
Netherlands
Phone +31 20 519 1200
Email Dirje.VanLaar@moevenpick.com
www.moevenpick-hotels.com/amsterdam

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