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Various Hotels Around The Globe Bags The ‘Green Hotelier’ Title For 2017


From nurturing the guests as family, investing in the improvement of the locals, to reducing carbon footprint and valuing “ancestral farming” practices, the winners of 2017’s Green Hotelier award continue fulfil their responsibilities towards the environment and the society.

Dailycsr.com – 29 June 2017 – Thanks to its staff, Nauen based Hotel “Landgut Stober” has turned into a “nurturing family” in the eyes of the “Green Hotelier” Awards’ juries. The said award names out the “world’s most eco-friendly and sustainable establishments” on an annual basis. There are even “a number of refugees” among the hotel’s employees, reports Brian Collett.
Moreover, the judges also mentioned that Landgut Stober is “self-sufficient” for meeting the energy requirements. While, it uses collected rain water to flush toilets besides devising ways whereby it shares its “green innovations with guests”.
The “Green Hotelier” Awards is organised by the “London-based International Tourism Partnership” and it encourages “responsible conduct in the industry”, besides rating hotels on their performance in reducing energy usage and water consumption. At the same it also scrutinises the “waste practices, policies on employees and the local community” along with the manner of communication in regards to “their responsibility ethos to guests”. Any hotels, either large or small can take part in this award competition.
Furthermore, Collett writes:
“In the Europe section the Novotel in Blackfriars, London, and the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin were highly commended.
“The Africa and Middle East winner was the Chole Mjini on Chole Island, Tanzania, which provides its own energy and works with guests to minimise consumption. The hotel cooks with wood, uses small amounts of kerosene for hot water, uses non-potable water for outdoor showers and provides dry compost toilets”.
Additionally, the hotel involves itself closely with local “improvement projects”, besides financing for its community education. Similarly, the winner of Asia Pacific was Maldives based “Soneva Fushi” that “runs carbon offset projects”. It has become “self-sufficient” in water supply through desalination and collection of rainwater, while it also converted 90% of waste into “income”. Collett adds:
“For example, styrofoam and glass waste is turned into lightweight bricks for construction. The hotel’s youth career initiative helps young people into jobs and teaches hundreds of children to swim, thereby saving lives”. 
Another winner of the America is El Albergue, located in the “Sacred Valley of southern Peru” at Ollantaytambo, “mainly” for its “organic farms”; as food is supplied from the farms enabling guests to “experience eco-friendly ancestral farming practices”. Siobhan O’Neill, one of the jury members as well as the “Green Hotelier” trade magazine’s editor, said:
“Every single hotel which entered is performing well above average, and it’s truly heartening to see so much effort and commitment to being a responsible business taking place all around the world.
“Many hotels are striving to do their best to take care of their environment, their staff and their community even when local conditions make it difficult.”
On the other hand, another jury member, Nicolas Perin, who is a Programme Manager at the “International Tourism Partnership”, stated:
“We were … delighted to see that quality came with quantity.
“Hotels around the globe are innovating for the environment, taking action on such sensitive issues as modern slavery and creating solid trends on how to provide fair and meaningful employment for their staff.”