Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Sustaining Jordan’s Tourism Treasures

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Sustaining Jordan’s Tourism Treasures
October 17, 2014 Arton Kabashi

One of Green Globe’s most treasured destinations is the country of Jordan, which offers antediluvian wonders, a truly diverse range of travel experiences and an excellent selection of certified Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

As an indication of their commitment to sustainability and the growth of tourism in the Hashemite Kingdom, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has had all their Jordanian properties certified by Green Globe since 2011. And once again this year their five upscale properties have been Green Globe certificated for sustainable operation and management.

Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, are located on the Red Sea and offer eco-tourism options with diving on protected coral reefs, as well as sophisticated cultural and culinary pursuits in the thriving port city of Aqaba.

Privileged to be in a destination that enjoys almost year-round sunshine, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has taken advantage of Jordan’s bountiful solar surplus by investing in solar panels a year after opening. The resort also addressed the challenge of water scarcity with its unique ‘backwash process’, which re-uses the water of the swimming pools and jacuzzis for irrigation. To ensure quality and safety Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba has implemented multiple programs to achieve its Green Globe certification, including Blue Flag certification, HACCP and ISO 22000 certification.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is an oasis for travellers venturing to the lowest point on the Earth, 402m below sea level. Since the days of King Herod, The Dead Sea has been a renowned health retreat and the resort offers a range of health and well-being options utilizing the special properties of the hypersaline waters as well as the mineral rich mud used for a range of treatments.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea was the first hotel in the Middle East to use solar-powered club cars for guest transportation within the resort. After monitoring usage, the resort has found that fully charged solar cars run three times longer than cars operating on conventional rechargeable batteries. For its innovations the hotel was awarded ‘Best Sustainable Hotel for Jordan’ by The Arabian Hotel Awards in 2012.

Mövenpick Resort Petra and Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel are positioned next to one of the ancient wonders of the world, the ruins of the city of Petra. Both properties offer easy access to visit the marvelous Nabetean metropolis carved from the pink stone of the Jebel al-Madhbah mountain.

Petra has a long history of managing water supplies, with the ancient Nabataeans famous for creating an artificial oasis city in the desert. Mövenpick Resort Petra and Nabatean Castle Hotel have followed in these footsteps by installing water saving devices in all guestroom showers as well as restrooms in public areas. These devices significantly decrease the water pressure, which in turn leads to a huge saving in water consumption without affecting guest enjoyment.

Mövenpick’s promise to provide five-star hospitality alongside Jordan’s unique and precious tourist attractions has bought with it a significant commitment to sustainable operations. Key to this approach is the management of limited resources in this region and Mövenpick has invested in lowering its environmental footprint across all major indicators.

Peter Hoesli General Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and Regional Manager- MH&R Jordan said “It is a source of a great pleasure for us at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to announce that during 2014 Jordan hotels have managed to reduce their utilities consumption.

“Consumption of water at our hotels in Jordan declined by 17 per cent from last year, thus saving around 27,882.45 cubic metres until the end of the first half of this year.  Electricity consumption dropped by 2.10 percent from last year, saving 266,345.19 kWh until the end of June. Even fuel consumption went down by 15.18 percent from last year, saving around 1,222,061.86 kWh until the second quarter of this year,” added General Manager Hoesli.

To find out more about Mövenpick’s collection of hotels and resorts in Jordan and their commitment to sustainability across the Middle East visit http://group.movenpick.com/en/sustainability/sustainability/middle-east/