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Novotel strengthens its commitment to the environment

Friday Jun 19, 2009
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Accor Asia Pacific announced today that 19 Novotel hotels and resorts throughout the region have achieved Green Globe Sustainable Tourism Certification. An additional 12 Novotel’s in the region have attained the "benchmarked" status and are well underway towards certification. This significant commitment is part of the ambition to have the Asia Pacific network of 81 Novotel’s certified, by year end.

The newest hotels to achieve certification are Novotel Bali Nusa Dua, Novotel Lombok and Novotel Bogor.

Globally the Novotel network of almost 400 hotels and resorts has made a commitment to Green Globe Sustainable Tourism by 2010.

"Today’s traveler is increasingly aware of the impact that travel has on the environment and seeking hotels that demonstrate a credible commitment to positive environmental practices" says Evan Lewis - Vice President Communications for Accor Asia Pacific. "The Green Globe Sustainable Tourism Certification process brings a heightened environmental consciousness to our hotels, as it engages with all departments and with employees at all levels, resulting in improved practices and reduced wastage and consumption of water and energy."

Green Globe is an international organisation that provides certification for Sustainable Tourism, originally established in 1992 by the World Tourism and Travel Council and based on Agenda 21 (priorities of the 21st century for the planet).

The Green Globe certification takes place in two stages; first an assessment of the environmental performance according to a benchmarking audit and then the establishment of environmental management system to improve each hotels performance with respect to sustainable development policies. Following this, each hotel is externally audited for compliance to Green Globe standards.

All details concerning Novotel’s commitment to Green Globe and certified hotels are available online at youandusforearth.com

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