Los Angeles, California (USA) – 25 March 2012 – Green Globe announces certification of the Mövenpick City Centre Hotel Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The successful certification demonstrates that the hotel maintains and practices a strong commitment to the principles of environmental, social, and cultural sustainability.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “Mövenpick Hotels&Resorts dedicates itself towards sustaining the environment. The commitment to employer and social sustainability is firmly established in Mövenpick’s corporate business strategy. The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam is no exception: all criteria from our Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism are very well understood and supported by the staff.”
Albert Rouwendal, Director of Operations, Benelux of Mövenpick Hotels&Resorts, was delighted with the recognition. “This prestigious certification of our Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam – and of our other two Mövenpick Hotels in the Netherlands – is a great recognition of our endeavors within the chain to pursue sustainability in all aspects of the operations. The audit process was absolutely no walk in the park. Hence my pride in this achievement, accomplished by all members of staff, for which I am very grateful.”
The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam is within walking distance of the historical city center of Amsterdam, close to beautiful cultural assets and alongside the edge of the IJ River. The hotel provides information in each room, as well as brochures in the lobby about local culture and history, and informs and educates guests about responsible tourism.
The hotel has its own jetty where canal boats and water taxis stop in front of the hotel. Amsterdam’s famous 17th century canals (“Grachtengordel”), for which the city has been called “Venice of the North,” have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Other cultural sights of the city include the Rijksmuseum with its famous Dutch art, the Anne Frank House, and the historic concert hall “Concertgebouw.”
To help increase positive economic benefits to the community and expose guests to local culture, Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam’s retail shop sells local products and souvenirs, and the hotel features paintings from local artists, as well as supports local entrepreneurs by providing discount vouchers in the lobby. Besides optimizing its resource consumption and management of waste and chemical use, the hotel also uses reusable cups, glasses, cloths, and packaging and shipping containers.
All of Mövenpick’s 21 hotels in Europe have achieved Green Globe certification, which makes the company the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world.
ABOUT MOVENPICK CITY CENTRE HOTEL AMSTERDAM
Mövenpick Amsterdam is a four-star hotel located in the heart of the vibrant city of Amsterdam.
Adjacent to the hotel is the new Muziekgebouw (Concert Hall) and Bimhuis (a world-famous jazz club) and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. The city center, canals, and museums are a ten-minute walk or a five-minute tram ride from the hotel. Canal boats and water taxis stop in front of the hotel at the hotel’s own jetty.
With its 12 flexible and state-of-the-art meeting rooms with natural daylight and free Internet, the hotel offers a perfect balance between business and leisure.
Contact: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, Piet Heinkade 11, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands, Phone:+31 (0) 20 519 1200, Fax:+31 (0) 20 519 1239, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT MOVENPICK HOTELS&RESORTS
Mövenpick Hotels&Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented in 29 countries with over 90 hotels existing or under construction. Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the international hotel group specializes in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts. Of Swiss origin, Mövenpick Hotels&Resorts positions itself in the upscale segment and stands for quality, reliability, and care with a personal touch. The hotel group is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7 percent) and the Kingdom Group (33.3 percent).
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification 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 Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation.