Skal International General Secretariat Awarded Green Globe Certification

Skal International General Secretariat Awarded Green Globe Certification
September 24, 2010 Arton Kabashi

Green Globe Certification congratulates the Skål International General Secretariat on meeting the Green Globe Standard and has been awarded Certification for its sustainable operations and management.

Green Globe CEO, Mr Guido Bauer said, ‘Skål is the preeminent global association for travel, tourism and hospitality professionals and achieving certified status is a clear endorsement of the importance of sustainability in our industry.‘We now have the opportunity to work with the hundreds of Skål clubs across the world, as well as spreading information about the importance of sustainability to its membership of thousands of key travel, tourism and hospitality professionals’ added Mr Bauer.The Green Globe Independent Audit was carried out on 16th and 17th of September by Mr Yohann Robert, accredited Green Globe Auditor from François-Tourisme-Consultants based in France. In order to qualify, the Skål International General Secretariat located in Torremolinos, Spain has scored a conformity rate over the 51% of all applicable suitability criteria. The certification process as identified the commitment of Skål International General Secretariat to a range of green initiatives, including:•       Specific waste sorting actions (recycling/reusing) implemented.•       Environmentally-friendly supplies purchased (recycled paper, biodegradable and eco-labeled cleaning products, etc.).•       Water and energy consumption reduction goals (dual flush toilets, low-flow faucet aerators, energy-efficient lighting, etc.).•       Sustainability educational programmes supported and encouraged (Skål Ecotourism Awards, 101 Skål Tips, UNEP, UNWTO ST-EP programme, Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Exploitation in Tourism, Code of Ethics in Tourism, etc.).Worldwide all Skål members enjoy a 10% discount on the annual Green Globe Membership fee. Green Globe has agents in most regions of the world and offers services in the following languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Catalan, English, French, German, Hindi, Hokkine, Mandarin, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Punjabi and Spanish.About Green Globe CertificationGreen 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 United Nations 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 more information visit www.greenglobe.com About Skål InternationalSkål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.Skål International today has approximately 20,000 members in 480 Clubs throughout 89 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain. For more information visit www.skal.travel Contacts:Bradley Cox, Green Globe Director of Communicationsphone +1-310-337-3000  • fax +1-310-626-9982  •  skype bradleygcox • email bcox@greenglobe.com

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