Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul sets Standard for Responsible Operation

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul sets Standard for Responsible Operation
March 27, 2014 Arton Kabashi

“Here in Turkey, we are happy to be doing our part for the planet and we invite our valued guests to consider the environment not only when selecting their accommodations, but also during every phase of their travel experience,” said Frank Reichenbach, General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul and Regional Manager Turkey.

Sustainability is an important topic at Europe’s premier business hotel, and Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul has taken the lead setting the standard for a responsible operation. In line with the brand promise, this property contributes to a greener, healthier tomorrow – all efforts recently earned Green Globe re-certification with an impressive score of 94%.

Located in the heart of Istanbul’s contemporary business and shopping district, Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul presents urban sophistication with top environmental consciousness. The hotel’s own Green Team implemented an excellent system to monitor every detail relevant for a responsible operation. An effective pollution prevention program is in place to minimize the generation of wastes, reduce and recycle materials, investigate and evaluate new practices and procedures, and dispose of wastes in an environmentally-friendly manner. The hotel has its own water savings plan to ensure the minimum amount of water needed is used, and all rooms are equipped with their individual energy savings system.

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul’s commitment goes beyond environmental and employer sustainability, it also encompasses social sustainability. The hotel fosters a culture that consistently improves team member engagement, development, well-being, and security.

As part of the CSR initiatives, the hotel supports ‘Kızılay’ Turkish Red Crescent, the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey, under the umbrella of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. To contribute in helping people and saving lives, employees actively promote the philosophy of volunteerism and donate blood on a regular basis.

The hotel works closely with numerous charitable organizations, such as the Children Leukaemia Foundation or the Aegean Forest Foundation. The Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul family collected clothes, blankets, and toys for Syrian refugees, hosted by neighboring countries including Turkey.

“I am very proud about my team and everybody at the hotel, who have put sustainability at the heart of their actions,” added Frank Reichenbach.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 25 countries with 80 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 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 the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick.com.

Buket Oguz
Director of Marketing and Communications Turkey
Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul
Buyukdere Caddesi 4.Levent
34330 Istanbul
Phone +90 212 319 2929
Fax +90 212 319 2900
Email buket.oguz@moevenpick.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

Green Globe Certification
Phone +1-310-337-3000
Fax +1-310-626-9982