Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah leads Green Initiatives in Palestine

Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah leads Green Initiatives in Palestine
July 8, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Since its opening in 2010, the Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah, in Palestine, has been engaged in numerous environmental activities, following Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts corporate responsibility business strategy. With their innovative approach to ‘Go Green’, this luxury property sets an example in the West Bank region, and their efforts were awarded Green Globe certification.

“We are delighted to be the first hotel and company in Palestine certified by Green Globe,” said Michael Goetz, General Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah. “Our team has been working on this project for the past two years, and we are very happy about our achievements. The feedback I get from hotel guests is overwhelmingly positive and supportive of our sustainability programs. Recently, the very first recycling company in this country opened, which will help us to take our initiatives a step further. We will continue to improve our efforts, creating a better environment for today – and for future generations to come.”

Social responsibility is a very important topic at the Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah, and the property works closely with a number of local institutions, such as orphanages, and medical associations. Since the beginning of this year, the hotel is supporting the Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department. Guests are encouraged to add $1 to their hotel bill, which will be donated to this new state-of the-art hospital.

The hotels’ environmental policy reflects the city of Ramallah’s recent ‘Green Movement’, whose goal is “building a beautiful, clean, safe, and environmentally-friendly city”. At the Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah, a long term sustainability management system is in effect, energy and water consumption is optimized and strictly monitored. Waste segregation is being practiced at the property, and reduction goals are specified. The purchasing policy favors local products and suppliers, and supports small businesses in the area. The most popular ‘Palestinian Breakfast Corner’ at the hotel restaurant features local ‘all time favorites’, and invites visitors on a journey of culinary discovery.

The audit for the Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah was conducted by Farnek Avireal, lead sustainability consultancy in the MENA region, and a Preferred Green Globe Partner. For additional information please contact Sandrine Le Biavant, e-mail: Sandrine.LeBiavant@farnek.com

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in over 24 countries with 78 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Soma Bay (Egypt), Chiang Mai and KohSamui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Haiman Island, China), Djerba and Tozeur (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 the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick.com.

Contact:
Maureen Albina
Communications Manager
Moevenpick Hotel Ramallah
Emil Habibi Street
West Bank
Ramallah
Palestine
Phone +970 22 98 5888
Fax +970 22 98 5333
Email maureen.albina@moevenpick.com
www.moevenpick-hotels.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

Contact:
Green Globe Certification
Phone +1-310-337-3000
Fax +1-310-626-9982
prlax@greenglobe.com
www.greenglobe.com