Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a is the first hotel in Kuwait to receive Green Globe Certification.
Green Globe CEO Guido Bauer said, ‘Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts continues to meet the world’s highest sustainability standard, with Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a Kuwait achieving 82% of Green Globe’s sustainability indicators in its inaugural year.
‘For all Middle East based hotels, recycling is one of the greatest challenges, with few programs offered by the host communities. It is encouraging to see Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a Kuwait has moved quickly to establish its own recycling program for paper, plastic and cans.
‘The property has also engaged an ambitious “Zero Emission Aim” regarding their carbon footprint which includes travel to and from. It will be interesting to see how this target is met via a comprehensive reduction and offset strategy’, added Mr Bauer.
‘We have already completed a number of sustainability initiatives including the installation of water-saving devices in all guest rooms and public areas to reduce water consumption, and energy-saving bulbs to save power,’ said Ramzi Shaban, the Executive Assistant Manager at the hotel.
‘Achieving this Green Globe certification has a positive effect on every aspect of the hotel operation, and will encourage us to go for greener initiatives. We also encourage our guests to get involved in our sustainability programs by inviting them to use the recycle bins placed across the property, and making them aware of special measures such as air conditioning cut-off when they leave their rooms as well as linen reuse,’ added Mr Shaban.
Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a Kuwait has also established a reputation for serving the society with active involvement in many local and international charities, and was the first to introduce Opera in Kuwait, through a series of cultural and musical events. The hotel was audited by UAE-based Avireal Company, preferred partner for Green Globe Certification across the 20 different countries of the Middle East.
By the end of 2011, Green Globe will have certified 20 percent of Mövenpick’s hotels, resorts, and cruises. By 2013, all Mövenpick properties will have met the Green Globe Certification standard and carry the Green Globe Certification label. This strategy is part of a company-wide program to establish a common and global approach to environmental, employee, and social sustainability.