Seminar Hotel Retter, Austria: Benchmark Property achieves Green Globe Re-Certification

Seminar Hotel Retter, Austria: Benchmark Property achieves Green Globe Re-Certification
December 18, 2012 Arton Kabashi

Dec 13, 2012, Los Angeles, CA – Green Globe announces re-certification of the Seminar Hotel Retter in Styria in Austria. For years this property has been demonstrating sustainable tourism, integrating ethical and environmentally friendly practices into its core business operations and management.This four-star resort is holding both, the prestigious Green Globe certification and the Austrian Environmental Seal of Quality.

“Retter stands for learning and further development”, explains Ulli Retter, Owner of Seminar Hotel Retter. “We have been practicing this ‘way of doing business’ for more than 20 years. Both audits will help us to improve our day-to-day operation and continue to reduce our eco-footprint. Therefore we will conduct the Green Globe audit review annually, and the re-evaluation of the Austrian Environmental Seal of Quality every four years.”

The Seminar Hotel Retter has implemented a long-term sustainability management system and thrives for eco-balance. Energy and water consumption is minimized in all areas of the property and a reduction of 900.000 kg CO2 emissions and 3.000.000 litres of drinking water was reported. During the last building stage of the hotel in 2008 a special emphasis was made on energetic efficiency: The extension of the Hotel was built facing south and a biomass heating plant was installed combined with low temperature heating and window contacts. The organically grown fruit around the hotel provides ecologically balanced surroundings and guests can enjoy healthy homemade liquors and juices. Local suppliers adhering to eco-friendly practices are given preference, and all foods being served at the hotel are regional and certified organic.

In addition to being a hotel and spa resort, Seminar Hotel Retter offers a number of options for green meetings and events. All seminar rooms are equipped with a transparent dome-roof, providing energy saving and bright meeting spaces. Guests are offered the best glass-bottled Retter Spring Water, all proceeds going to ‘Hartberger Aid Organisation Austria Helps Africa to build Wells and Hospitals’. Eco-friendly door-to-door transportation is available for individuals and groups.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said, “We are extremely pleased to re-certify the Seminar Hotel Retter in Austria. I am impressed with the achievements of this family business. The Hotel Retter is an oasis of strength, built of natural local materials, and making use of natural principles to create inner and outer harmony. This property sets benchmarks for environmental efforts in the Austrian tourism industry.”

About Seminar Hotel Retter
Seminar Hotel Retter, located in Austrian national park Pöllauer Tal, has been voted ‘Best Seminar Hotel in Austria’ several times. The hotel is built of Styrian solid wood and each of the 98 rooms features non-metal beds and electricity-disabling devices, which create a relaxing atmosphere. The spa area ‘Bewusst-SEIN’ with an extension of 1200m2 was built in clay, glass and wood with the saunas representing all seven ‘Life-Surroundings’ of Pöllauer Tal Park. Facilities include a business centre, a beauty salon, and conference rooms. The Seminar Hotel has its own on-site restaurant, offering local and seasonal cuisine. Pöllauberg town centre is within a 20 minute walking distance, and Graz Airport is a one-hour drive to the hotel.

Contact:
Ulli Retter
Seminar Hotel Restaurant Retter
8225 Pöllauberg 88
Austria
Tel. 03335/2690
hotel@retter.at
www.retter.at

DI Karl Reiner
ÖAR-Regionalberatung GmbH
1010 Wien, Fichtegasse 2/17
Tel: +43 (0) 1 512 15 95
Mobil: +43 (0) 664 243 43 72
reiner@oear.at
www.greenglobe.com/karlreiner

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