Green Globe is identified around the world as representing the highest quality in sustainable practices within travel, tourism and related industries. Being awarded a the Green Globe stamp means that a hotel has fulfilled a list of requirements, contained in mandatory and guideline criteria, followed through and audited on a yearly basis.
In 2009, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts announced its global sustainability programme based on three key focus areas: social, environmental, and employer sustainability. In 2011, the Karon-based Mövenpick began the process of becoming accredited.
Hansruedi Frutiger, the General Manager said, “It only lasts for one year. We were the first hotel in Phuket to get involved in this.”
He added that in re-applying for the second year’s certification and preparing for the next audit, they were learning more about how to become more environmentally sustainable.
Brigitte Rohling, the Resident Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket said, “It’s becoming a necessity that we [Phuket] do it now. We recycle already and are much more aware of energy consumption and so on.”
She added however that, “Things aren’t going to change overnight. The authorities need to become more aware to make changes at a local government level.”
One thing that you are likely to see on a visit to the resort is the new eco-friendly bottles, that are made 100 per cent from plants and contain no plastic whatsoever.
“They cost a little more to produce,” said Nampetch Tipaxsorn, Director of Marketing Communications, “but we will be charging customers the same price as we did for plastic bottles.”
Another thing they have changed since the last Green Globe audit is the water heater.
Previously it was an old fashioned one that used ‘heavy oil’, but now they have changed to LPG gas, which doesn’t emit toxic smoke.