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Environmental Performance Of Meliá Caribe Tropical Certified By Earthcheck

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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The high standard of environmental performance practiced by Meliá Caribe Tropical has been recognized by EarthCheck; the world’s leading certifier of travel and tourism organizations.

Meliá Caribe Tropical has joined industry leaders from more than 65 countries by being awarded EarthCheck Silver Certified status. To gain this, the resort had to report their environmental footprint to independent auditors and adhere to internationally recognized standard of Best Practice.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by EarthCheck for the environmentally sound practices we abide by here on-property,” said Meliá Caribe Tropical General Manager Manfred Schoebel. “We strive to ensure our hotel procedures meet the strictest of sustainability measures, and it is quite an honor to have a reputable organization recognize these efforts.”

During the process, Meliá Caribe Tropical was also required to submit a year’s worth of operational data which was benchmarked against industry Best Practice. The data was then measured against a number of key indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment.

“By taking a scientific approach to measuring the effectiveness of their sustainability practices, Meliá Caribe Tropical was able to identify where they were out-performing others and where room for improvement remained,” said EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore.“Achieving certification is not an easy task and many organizations do not make it past the benchmarking stage. Securing a highly-ranked benchmarking result requires a strong commitment across all levels of an organization and the imbedding of sustainability principles into all policies and procedures.”

For economies reliant on travel and tourism, EarthCheck’s benchmarking data provides the only historical record of the global environmental impacts of the industry over the past 12 years. More importantly, it rates the effectiveness of industry efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and conserve natural resources at a project-by-project level.

For travelers around the world, it’s settling to know there is a credible body keeping track of sustainability claims. The EarthCheck logo represents the travel and tourism’s efforts to come together and take meaningful steps to address the serious challenges faced by the planet.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand is the Group’s city and resort hotels brand that combine a mixture of stunning yet functional facilities within preferred business and leisure destinations, such as Meliá Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, Meliá Jardim Europa - Sao Paolo, Meliá Caribe Tropical - Dominican Republic, Meliá Barcelona - Spain, Melià Vendome - Paris, Melià Whitehouse - London and Meliá Zanzibar - Tanzania. The brand is designed to offer the five senses a fresh and innovative experience through igniting the Spanish tradition of excellence in hospitality. All hotels pay close attention to sensory design coupled with fresh and welcoming decorations, balancing aesthetics and design functionality. Meliá hotels feature a VIP experience called “THE LEVEL” that offers a private lounge with open bar, exclusive room accommodations, special in room amenities and the finest service. www.melia-hotels.com

EarthCheck is one of the world's largest certifiers of sustainable travel and tourism operators; with more than 1,200 clients in over 65 countries. EarthCheck certification complies with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 14064 range of standards for greenhouse gas accounting.

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