Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz first hotel in Gozo to be eco-certified
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Our environment and its safeguarding for future generations has become one of the salient aspects in the tourism trade, which in turn is one of the most important industries of the Maltese islands. This week, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz has become one of the eighteen Maltese eco-certified hotels, and to-date the only one in Gozo.
Eco-certification is a voluntary scheme that is managed by the Malta Tourism Authority. Hotels displaying the eco certification logo are complying with a detailed set of criteria that are designed to improve their environmental performance, such as environmental and waste management, procurement of energy and water, air quality, noise, building and green areas, local culture and information dissemination.
Today’s increasingly environmentally conscious tourists have the choice of reducing their carbon footprint by choosing an eco-certified hotel.
“The eco-certification of our hotel was the logical next step for us,” said Noel Attard, General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz. “Being the countryside resort that we are, an environmentally friendly approach to tourism comes naturally. We want to concentrate on having sustainable tourism, which blends in perfectly with the vision of Eco Gozo. Sustainable tourism is not just about reducing energy, water and adopting a waste management system but it is mostly about offering the guests visiting the Maltese Islands the authenticity, culture and heritage which Malta and Gozo stand for.”
On these lines, the Kempinski has been concentrating increasingly on the marketing of the island’s ecological aspects, such as offering country walks and rides, and experiences at local farms where guests are encouraged to partake in the daily routines, showcasing agro tourism, and introducing innovative vacation concepts such as painting holidays on the islands.