Rezidor properties get Green Key

REZIDOR Hotel Group has become the first international hospitality group in the Middle East, to achieve full environmental certification across all its hotels and brands.

The company’s entire regional portfolio of 17 operational hotels has achieved the Green Key eco-label; this includes all Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels across six countries covering Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Hotel Missoni in Kuwait will be audited after it opens the month.

The group announced it plans to become fully Green Key certified in late 2010, with the aim to have every property awarded by mid 2011. But due to all the hotels having established responsible business policies and practices already in place, those operating in the region passed the Green Key audit in just four months. 

Sarah Rooney responsible business manager for the group said: “The fact that all our hotels in the Middle East became Green Key certified in just four short months is a testament to our hard work and longstanding commitment to environmental practices and responsible business in general.”

More than half the group’s hotels across the world are currently eco-labelled, with this number growing rapidly. In fact Rezidor is helping eco-labelling bodies expand their operations to new countries by piloting their criteria at Rezidor hotels.

The Green Key is a global eco-label for the leisure industry. In order to gain certification, hotels have to fulfil a list of environmental requirements, covering a wide range of criteria from environmental demands to demands on policy, availability of action plans, education and communication.