Eight easyHotels gain Green Globe certification

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

Green Globe has been around for 29 years and is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable tourism, based on 44 globally accepted sustainability criteria across all departments and activities.

Green Globe cites itself as the original standard that all tourism eco-labels are based on. Once a hotel has become a member they can access a dedicated portal, Green Globe Solutions, which offers sustainability management solutions as an ongoing plan.

Lucas Drewes, managing director easyHotels said: “We are very proud to have received Green Globe certification for all our eight easyHotels in The Netherlands and Belgium. This fits perfectly with our vision of being the sustainable leader in the affordable budget hotel segment and shows that super sustainability and super prices can go hand in hand. It’s super easy!”

As part of its Green Globe certification easyHotel Benelux has committed to the international standard for sustainable tourism and regular independent verification inspections. Sustainability management practices include monthly measurement of water usage for awareness of consumption per property; communicating sustainability to guests, suppliers and staff regarding saving water and energy, as well as waste separation; and providing guests with recommendations for vegetarian/ vegan restaurants, local sightseeing and natural attractions.

EasyHotel properties are based on low carbon construction and operation, and are in central locations which the group says increases the options for taking public transport and walking. 

The hotel franchise also offsets emissions with the Trees For All program, which plants trees in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Paul Kreuzkamp, hotel manager easyHotel Maastricht City Centre said: “By showing our guests that sustainability measures do not take away from their guest travel experience and comfort, we believe that our guests are better aware of how they can minimise their footprint while exploring the world!” 

Each easyHotel team also engages in volunteer social work, such as volunteering at food banks, walking with elderly people, and removing rubbish from parks.

Image: easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre

Adelaide hotel development to be carbon neutral

AUSTRALIA: Thrive Construct in Adelaide has announced a AUS$300 million plan to develop two international hotels with a focus on sustainable construction.

AUSTRALIA: Thrive Construct in Adelaide has announced a AUS$300 million plan to develop two international hotels with a focus on sustainable construction.

The two hotels will be in Adelaide’s city centre and on the coast at Whyalla foreshore.

To help make the construction sustainable the company will be using cross-laminated timber (which is eco friendly in the sense renewable and made from sustainable materials) and green steel, which is steel with the lowest carbon footprint possible at the time.

Barrie Harrop, executive chairman of Thrive Construct said: “Upon completion, the Victoria Square site will be the tallest hotel in the world manufactured from cross-laminated timber. We have worked with Cox Architects to develop a structure that is completely carbon neutral and constructed from renewable plantation pine and green steel. All supplied from Australian industry”. 

The Victoria Square hotel in the city will have 324 rooms and 22 apartments as well as a rooftop bar. The Whyalla property will have 164 suites and 49 apartments surrounded by the botanic garden.

The hotels will be prefabricated using modular construction and factory assembled before being constructed onsite.

Both hotels are expected to be completed by 2024 with the Whyalla foreshore hotel construction beginning later this year and Victoria Square construction starting early next year.

Image: Thrive Construct

Munich Kempinski first of the brand to gain EarthCheck gold certificate

GERMANY: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich has become the first Kempinski hotel in the world to get a gold certificate with the EarthCheck programme.

GERMANY: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich has become the first Kempinski hotel in the world to get a gold certificate with the EarthCheck programme.

 The hotel has been noted for use of goods and products from the regional market, avoidance of chemicals in cleaning agents, and more energy-efficient building services.

Holger Schroth, managing director of Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich said: “To achieve the high standard, we closely monitor the environmental and social impacts of our hotel operations including energy and water consumption, carbon footprint, waste generation and engagement with the city. The economic aspects include employment conditions, support for the local economy or the use of fair trade goods and services. I am very pleased to see that our environmentally friendly commitment has been rewarded and that we have thus been able to minimise our ecological, as well as social footprint decisively.” 

Ten Kempinski Group hotels have so far been awarded silver and 17 hotels have received bronze certifications for meeting the requirements of EarthCheck.

When the hotel had its renovations it implemented new environmentally friendly measures including facade insulation, heat-insulating windows, LED lighting, air-conditioning and ventilation systems with heat recovery.

 The hotel also uses an ‘intelligent’ in-room energy management system which switches off lights and air conditioning when guests are not in the room. Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski uses green electricity. 

Other contributions to a positive ecological balance are the use of materials with a long service life, installed by regional companies, and using green electricity.

The hotel roof has two bee colonies producing the hotel’s honey since 2012.

Image: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Trip.com announces green goals and sustainable operations

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism.

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism.

The company is working with travel partners to cover key areas across 10,000 products in the travel sector. 

This includes offsetting flights, zero waste camping, eco hiking and green hotels.

As part of the push for sustainable accommodation and travel, the corporate travel brand of the group, Trip.Biz, recently campaigned for “Green Hotels” and “Green Flights” in mainland China. 

Trip.Biz was awarded a Silver rating by EcoVadis, an internationally recognised corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating platform in 2022. 

Jane Sun, Trip.com Group CEO said: “We have always adhered to the vision of ‘pursuing the perfect trip for a better world’ and will work with our users and partners to further reduce carbon emissions in a more holistic and systematic manner. We still have a long way to go and much more to do.”

As part of the Group’s long-term commitment to improving sustainability awareness, Trip.com sent out a survey to its customers and asked them their thoughts on sustainable travel.

The 2022 Sustainable Travel Survey revealed that travelling sustainably is essential to most respondents. Barriers to sustainable travel were discussed, with respondents highlighting that the accessibility of sustainable travel products appears to be the biggest issue. Most respondents said that sustainable travel options aren’t clearly labelled, so they aren’t easily able to locate these options when choosing a travel product; and that sustainable travel options are lacking in general.

To keep up with its sustainability goals the Trip.com Group has adopted environmental initiatives, including building intelligent energy management systems, solar hot water systems, and renewable heating systems to reduce energy consumption. 

Its headquarters in Shanghai has been awarded LEED Gold certification. 

In 2021, Trip.com Group announced its ESG Committee and joined the UN Global Compact, committing to create a more sustainable future for tourism and society.

Booking.com also recently released findings from its Sustainability Report, which indicated the importance of staying sustainably for UK travellers.

Marriott International shares London office space with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

UK: Marriott International is to share its Holborn offices with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance as they work closely on environmental issues.

UK: Marriott International is to share its Holborn offices with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance as they work closely on environmental issues.

Sharing Marriott International’s offices, until Q2 next year, is a key moment for the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, which brings the industry together to look at social and environmental challenges facing the world today.

In March this year, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance launched its Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality, a framework aimed at those in the industry who want to make positive changes towards climate change, biodiversity loss, and waste. It also encourages the sector to look at the social aspect, working on human rights and inclusive employment. 

Glenn Mandziuk, chief executive officer, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “Our organisation is built on collaborative action – across our members, the wider hotel industry, their business associates and other strategic partners – and this office will enable our team to work together on shared environmental and social solutions. We are grateful for our partnership with Marriott International as we transition from remote working towards a permanent HQ. Coming out of the pandemic, we are seeing a huge momentum across the industry, and beyond, for sustainability, and this workspace will enable our charity to continue its evolution and growth.”

Marriott will share its offices until the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance finds a suitable headquarters, and will benefit from the partnership with the charity, drawing on its expertise and strategies for the hospitality industry. Marriott International aims to reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050 through its science based targets and sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction.

Dani Murray, vice president, business finance & administration, Europe, Marriott International, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to our office space. At Marriott International, we take our commitment to environmental, social and governance extremely seriously and we value the essential work of this global sustainability network. We look forward to working closely with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance over the coming months and welcome the opportunity to support the charity’s growth and further drive collaborative action across the wider hospitality industry.”

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s members make up 25 per cent of the global hotel industry by rooms and include 14 world- leading hotel companies with a combined reach of over 30,000 properties and 4.5 million rooms.

Current members include: BC Hospitality Group, Caesars Entertainment, Dorint Hotels & Resorts, Deutsche Hospitality, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, ITC Hotels, Marriott International, Radisson Hotel Group, Scandic, Soneva and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

It’s not just industry experts who value a sustainable hotel strategy. Booking.com’s latest Sustainability Report found more than 50 per cent of UK travellers wanted to stay in sustainable accommodation when travelling abroad.