Four hotels in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura have achieved Travelife accreditation after taking part in the Towards Travelife pilot project.
Travelife is an internationally recognised award that helps consumers to identify sustainable hotels, tour operators and travel agents, while allowing businesses to improve and promote their sustainable practices.
Efren Armas Falcon, General Manager of Heliomar Apartment, which gained a Silver award, said, “Our activities aimed at improving our sustainability have been great for increasing staff engagement in this area plus we have been able to reduce our costs at the same time.
“We have also used our involvement in this project to think about the long term and take measures to be more sustainable in terms of improving our working environment for staff and reducing our chemical consumption.”
Frederick Sengewitz, Food and Beverage Manager at the Playitas Hotel, which achieved a Gold award, said, “We have seen a wide range of business benefits from improving our sustainability performance.
“For example increased profits at our supermarket selling local products; satisfying the requirements of tour operators; positive feedback from our guests, who like what we are doing; and cost savings from reducing our consumption of electricity, water and plastics.”
Towards Travelife supports hoteliers as they work towards Travelife certification. The scheme was implemented through a partnership between the Travel Foundation and the Corporate Responsibility team at Kuoni with delivery support from Leeds Metropolitan University and University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria.
Four hotels took part in the pilot project:
- Cordial Green Golf (Gold)
- Playitas Hotel (Gold)
- Hotel Riosol (Gold)
- Heliomar Apartments (Silver)
Read the Towards Travelife case studies