Top Performing Green Globe Member in Thailand introduces Electric Carts

Top Performing Green Globe Member in Thailand introduces Electric Carts
November 5, 2013 Arton Kabashi

One of Green Globe’s top performing members, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket in Thailand, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainability for years. The latest initiative of this 5-star resort’s certified environmental care program is the introduction of electric carts to shuttle guests around the expansive beachfront grounds.

These new electrical three-wheelers – locally known as ‘Tuk-Tuks’ – offer passengers a smooth, comfortable ride whilst significantly reducing air and noise pollution. Each of the new vehicles runs on a zero emission electric motor powered by high performance storage batteries. They replace the old gasoline powered fleet. As a result, guests and the local community benefit from improved air quality and significant noise reduction.

The electric cart project reflects the resort’s corporate green philosophy, which focuses on the unity of economic, social and environmental well-being. This commitment to the land and quality of life is expressed in the resort’s integrated, eco-friendly building operations. In addition, its progressive social responsibility practices help strengthening and developing the tourism and travel sector.

At Mövenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach Phuket numerous standards, procedures and campaigns for reducing energy use and pollution have been established. This includes power efficient lighting, measures to reduce fresh water consumption and modern waste management systems.

General Manager Hansruedi Frutiger explains how maintaining a high level of service and Green Globe credentials is a cooperative endeavor: “Through collaboration with our customers, suppliers and business partners, we actively work on minimizing the environmental impact of all our business activities. We have implemented innovative practices to continuously improve our actions, and we strive to achieve the best possible results.”

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is a member of The Green Leaf Foundation, dedicated to developing both – the quality of the environment and the tourism industry at the same time.

About Mövenpick Hotel & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 79 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Hainan Island, China), and Djerba (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:
Nampetch Tipaxsorn
Director of Marketing & Communications
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket
509 Patak Road, Karon Beach
83100 Phuket
Thailand
Phone +66 76 396 139
Fax +66 76 396 122
Email nampetch.tipaxsorn@moevenpick.com
www.moevenpick-hotels.com/phuket-karon-beach

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