LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe Certification announced Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has been certified for its sustainable operation and management. The Jordan-based resort achieved an outstanding 91percent of all criteria in its first audit and is now Green Globe’s leading certified travel and tourism business operating to the world’s highest environmental standards.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is also the first property in the Swiss chain’s portfolio to receive the sustainability certification as part of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ global Green Globe roll-out program.
Hubert Klemenz, General Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, said, “Green Globe certified status is the icing on the cake, following on from our certifications under Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and ISO 22000.
“It demonstrates the resort’s strong commitment to the principles of environmental protection and most importantly, reflects the company’s determination to implement sustainable practices today to ensure a better tomorrow.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has targeted 20 percent of its hotels, resorts, and cruises to be certified sustainable by Green Globe by the end of 2011. By 2013, all Mövenpick properties will have met the Green Globe Certification Standard and carry the Green Globe Certification stamp. This strategy is part of a company-wide program to establish a common and global approach to environmental, employer, and social sustainability.
Mr. Guido Bauer, CEO of Green Globe Certification, said, “The resort has set a new precedent as the first in the Mövenpick chain to be Green Globe certified and in addition to have achieved the highest ranking ever in the Green Globe program.
“Having met 91percent of the criteria contained in the Green Globe Certification Standard shows that the resort’s operational and management team have a precision focus on environmental management through conservation of energy and water, the reduction of waste, as well as engagement with their community,” added Mr. Bauer.
ABOUT MOVENPICK HOTELS & RESORTS
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented in 26 countries with over 90 hotels existing or under construction. Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the international hotel group specializes in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts. Of Swiss origin, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts positions itself in the upscale segment and stands for quality, reliability, and care with a personal touch. The hotel group is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).
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 is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com .
MEDIA CONTACT: Green Globe Certification, Phone +1-310-337-3000, Fax +1-310-626-9982, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Web: www.greenglobe.com ; Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Leen Hamarneh, South Beach Street, P.O.Box 2524, Aqaba 77110, Jordan, Phone: +962 3 209 03 00, Fax: +962 3 209 03 01, Email: email@example.com , Web: www.moevenpick-hotels.com