World-class Beach Resort in Philippines goes Green

World-class Beach Resort in Philippines goes Green
December 18, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Green Globe Certification welcomes its first member in the Philippines, the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. This world-class beachfront resort identifies and promotes sustainable strategies, and has demonstrated corporate social responsibility for the past few years.

“This prestigious recognition is another milestone for us,” said Resident Manager Ms. Fatima Catindig. “Green Globe allows us to define and improve our environmental activities. By nature, the hospitality industry is a large consumer of resources. We will do our best to optimize our green efforts and minimize our eco-footprint, to achieve outstanding results. This award has been a team effort, and I am proud to be part of such a dedicated and supportive group of people.”

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu has implemented sustainability practices at all levels of the business. Water reduction goals are set and the property makes use of water from their own treatment plant, rain water is captured, and sea water is used effectively. LED lighting is installed throughout all areas, including the Resort Club. Waste is being segregated, a reuse and recycle policy is in place.

As part of their CSR initiatives, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu conducts a quarterly beach clean-up, supported by all team members. These activities save marine life, as each year hundreds of thousands of sea birds become entangled in marine debris. They lose their legs, cannot swim or feed. They either starve to death or drown. Entanglement is not limited to birds, but affects all types of creatures, including whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and turtles.

In light of the devastation wrought about by super typhoon Yolanda in November, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu decided to help in the relief and rebuilding efforts by donating 100% of all room revenues generated on the weekend when typhoon Yolanda hit, and pledged 80% of all room revenues generated from sales Nov. 15 – 24, 2013. “With the recent Yolanda super storm, we are taking part in the rebuilding efforts for the effected communities. I would like to encourage all our guests and patrons to also contribute to this cause. We thank everyone, who is helping to send aid to the Visayas,” commented Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu owner Manny Osmena.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 80 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), 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 Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information please visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com.

Contact
Janice Lariosa
Environmental Officer
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Punta Enano
Mactan Island
6015 Cebu
Philippines
Tel. +63 32 4927777
Fax +63 32 4927707
Email environmental.cebu@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