Mövenpick Hotel Izmir creates a Sustainable Future

Mövenpick Hotel Izmir creates a Sustainable Future
March 13, 2014 Arton Kabashi

“In a world of shrinking natural resources, we believe that we must do what we can to help reducing our collective carbon footprint,” states Melik Kızılcan, General Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Izmir, in Turkey.

A top performing Green Globe member since 2011, Turkey’s Leading Business Hotel has demonstrated a firm commitment to continuously strengthen its involvement in sustainable initiatives, and engage in sustainable practices. All efforts recently earned re-certification.

Mövenpick Hotel Izmir has introduced a program to trim energy and water costs, various green measures, such as LED lighting in public areas, water savers for shower heads and taps, the introduction of biodegradable pens, wooden key cards, and ecological bathroom amenities, are in place. Heating and cooling features of the hotel are controlled automatically, and all rooms have their individual energy savings system. Considerable efforts have been made to educate staff and reach out into the wider community, creating a property clearly dedicated to both, personal responsibility and informing, empowering and improving its surrounding environment.

“Sustainability is about future generations, therefore, we would like to make sure they grow up in a positive environment, and live a healthy, joyful life,” added Melik Kızılcan.

The hotel stands out with an amazing support of the community and charitable projects, geared towards the environment, health, and education. Funding has been provided for technical equipment and libraries at local schools, breakfast rooms at orphanages, and the Izmir Foundation for Children with Leukemia. Staff members dedicate many hours to volunteer activities, including clean-ups of the historical ‘Agora’, located in the heart of the city.

In cooperation with the Aegean Forest Foundation, the property added 1000 new young trees to the Mövenpick Hotel Izmir Grove in the forest area of Çeşme – Ildırı. Over the past three years, 3000 young trees had been donated to the project. Planting activities started out as part of the hotel’s sustainability program three years ago. It soon became a sincere mission, and this is the fourth consecutive year of planting young trees at the grove.

“We are very proud to count a total of 4000 young trees in the Izmir area, and we intend to pursue our tree planting project until we have our own Mövenpick Hotel Izmir Forest,” commented Melik Kızılcan.

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.

About Mövenpick Hotel Izmir
Located in the heart of the city by the monumental square and overlooking the gorgeous bay of the Aegean Sea, the Mövenpick Hotel Izmir is just 18 kms away from Adnan Menderes International Airport and the ideal home base for discovering the historic city of Izmir. Mövenpick Hotel Izmir is within walking distance to business and shopping districts as well as the trade fair grounds. It is also the perfect starting point for visiting local attractions such as world-famous Ephesus and the popular destinations of Kuşadası, Çeşme and Bodrum. The 185 modern rooms, including 36 executive rooms and 17 suites, extend the highest levels of comfort for business travelers, and flaunt style with their special color scheme, furniture design and modern décor.

Ceyda Mumcuoglu
Human Resources & Training Manager
Mövenpick Hotel Izmir
Cumhuriyet Blvd. 138
35210 Izmir Alsancak
Phone +90 232 488 1414
Fax +90 232 446 7533
Email ceyda.mumcuouglu@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