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Movenpick Hotel Istanbul: Europe’s leading business hotel earns Green Globe Re-certification

Movenpick Hotel Istanbul: Europe’s leading business hotel earns Green Globe Re-certification (Forimmediaterelease.net) LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe announced re-certification of the Movenpick Hotel Istanbul in Turkey. In line with Movenpick Hotels & Resorts’ philosophy to contribute to a positive future, Europe’s leading business hotel is committed to continuously improve sustainability efforts, and social and environmental values have been placed at the center of all actions.

“For someone who is personally a dedicated environmentalist, the news that Movenpick Hotel Istanbul [is] being re-certified is extremely exciting and sends out a powerful message about our commitment to preserving the planet for future generations,” said Frank Reichenbach, General Manager at Movenpick Hotel Istanbul and Regional Manager Turkey, “We did receive an impressive 94% score during the first audit in 2012 and succeeded in achieving all mandatory criteria for 2013 at the second audit, joining other environment and sustainability-accredited Movenpick properties across Europe. Sustainability is an important part of our business model, and I am proud that we are taking [the] lead and setting the standard for other hotel brands worldwide. I congratulate the leader of the project, our Director of Human Resources, Ceren Akyuz, and everyone at our hotel, who helped us earn certification and who contributes to a greener, healthier tomorrow.”

A long-term sustainability management system is in effect at Movenpick Hotel Istanbul, where energy and water consumption is recorded on a monthly basis. Waste volume, weight, and reduction goals are specified, and a comprehensive reuse and recycle policy is in place. The Movenpick Hotel Istanbul implemented a pro-active purchasing policy that favors environmentally-friendly products, and external stakeholder communications strategy designed to drive awareness among local partners. Guests are encouraged to minimize their carbon footprint and learn about sustainability efforts, and the area’s nature, history, and culture. A special Green Team, formed of a group of employees from different departments and with various responsibilities, monitors the progress of green measures, shaping and realizing the hotel’s environmental goals.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented: “We are delighted to award re-certification to the Movenpick Hotel Istanbul. Movenpick Hotels & Resorts’ commitment goes beyond environmental sustainability, and the company sets new benchmarks in the luxury hotel industry worldwide. In Turkey, we also have the Movenpick Hotel Izmir certified, and [are] looking forward to adding the newest property, the Movenpick Hotel Ankara, soon. Movenpick Hotels and Resorts is one of the largest hotel groups to commit to Green Globe Certification for all properties worldwide.”

ABOUT MOVENPICK HOTELS & RESORTS

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in over 24 countries with 78 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Soma Bay (Egypt), Chiang Mai and KohSamui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Haiman Island, China), Djerba and Tozeur (Tunisia).

Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, Movenpick 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 Zurich, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world.

The hotel company is owned by the Movenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick.com .

Contact: Buket Oguz, Director of Marketing and Communications Turkey, Movenpick Hotel Istanbul, Buyukdere Caddesi 4.Levent, 34330 Istanbul, Turkey, Phone +90 212 319 2929, Fax +90 212 319 2900, Email href="mailto:buket.oguz@moevenpick.com">buket.oguz@moevenpick.com , www.moevenpick-hotels.com

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. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com .

MEDIA CONTACT: Green Globe Certification, Phone: +1-310-337-3000, Fax: +1-310-626-9982, Email: prlax@greenglobe.com , Web: www.greenglobe.com

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