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Upmarket seaside resort in Tunis recertified by Green Globe

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LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe recently re-certified Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis for another year.

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LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe recently re-certified Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis for another year. The hotel has been successful in implementing sustainable initiatives across a range of areas in accordance with Green Globe criteria.

The luxurious Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis is an upmarket seaside resort overlooking the beautiful bays of the Mediterranean and hills of Sidi Bou Said. The town of Gammarth in Tunisia is renowned for its fashionable hotels and shops. And the coastline is an enticing combination of sublime panoramas, turquoise waters and rolling countryside.

Michael Goetz, General Manager at the hotel said, “Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis has implemented a communication strategy which emphasizes Green Globe principles of social responsibility and responsible management of our resources. Working with major international companies, we have found that the Green Globe Certification has become a unique selling point of our hotel, as we realize that customers increasingly choose hotels based on social and environmental criteria.”

Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis focused on creating an effective energy and resource management plan in 2015. This included replacing traditional lighting systems with LED and changing various chemicals over to environmentally friendly products. Cleaning procedures were also amended and further adapted to reduce the quantity and frequency of use of chemical products. The savings in these areas were substantial and overall expenditure dropped by 20%. In addition, energy as well as water consumption decreased due to the installation of new energy and water saving measures.

With the demand for green meetings on the increase Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis has created a Green Package offer that follows Green Globe principles and caters to environmentally conscious clientele. Visitors can choose from a variety of healthy coffee break menu options that feature local, organically grown food items. Also, clients are encouraged to choose eco-friendly initiatives such as having mineral water served in jugs placed on tables rather than being individually bottled.

In line with its environmental policy the hotel strongly supports the protection of native flora and fauna. It introduced the use of chemical free fertilizers and pesticides this year to minimize its impact on the surrounding environment.

As part of its corporate social responsibility program to develop stronger community relationships, the Green Team plans to host a function for a group of local fishermen at the property’s private beach. Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis also sponsors several local associations and organizations such as the Al Makan organization for contemporary art. And hotel staff have also participated in humanitarian actions organized by the Tunisian-Canadian Association (N’oublie Jamais) that helps underprivileged children.

“Our sustainability motto is simple and pertinent – Let us today prepare the world of tomorrow for our children,” concluded Mr. Goetz.

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 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco).

Focusing on expansion within 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 central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting 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 movenpick.com

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe 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 is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Green Globe is a member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .

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