Maldives, 23 March 2015: Jumeirah Vittaveli, part of Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, has been awarded the internationally renowned Green Globe Certification (GGC) following a recent sustainability audit.
The luxury resort has consistently developed its green policies in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and is the first Jumeirah property in the Maldives to be accredited with Green Globe Certification. GGC is the premier worldwide sustainability stamp for the tourism industry and more than 800 businesses in 50 countries have so far met the 349 exacting standards.
General Manager, Graham Kiy, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for this prestigious award. Here at Jumeirah Vittaveli all our colleagues place high importance on working towards a more sustainable future. This is particularly important in the Maldives where it is essential to increase the awareness of sustainability and take steps to protect the environment we live and work in.”
Actions taken to improve the resort’s sustainability performance have already resulted in substantial cost savings for the hotel. Energy saving measures implemented include a heat recovery system which uses excess heat from generators to warm the water supply on the island and the inclusion of LED lights around the resort. Furthermore, in 2012 the resort implemented the Eco Pure system which treats sea-water on-site to create a fresh drinking-water supply. The use of an in-house bottling plant also reduces the carbon-footprint by re-using glass bottles instead of shipping in bottled water which saves approximately 50,000 plastic bottles per year.
In line with the Green Globe values, Jumeirah Vittaveli places a high priority on community engagement, culturally connected projects and experiences for both guests and colleagues. Activities include monthly reef cleaning exercises and excursions to visit local islands to learn more about the Maldives, the culture and the local community. Once a week, a ‘Maldivian Night’ is hosted at Samsara restaurant offering guests locally inspired cuisine, a chance to watch traditional entertainment and buy locally crafted souvenirs.
Jumeirah Vittaveli will be participating in Earth Hour 2015 on Saturday 28 March from 8.30pm – 9.30pm. All non-essential lights will be turned off around the island and diners will be served a candle-lit, low miles menu in the restaurant Fenesse.
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About Jumeirah Vittaveli:
A 20-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli. Whether for an intimate escape or an indulgent family retreat, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment. Whether beach-side or over-water, all villas feature stunning interiors with private pools and access to the sandy shores or glistening waters. An inspirational Spa, a well-equipped overwater gymnasium, a children's club and 5 star PADI dive centre mean guests are always able to try something new.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Bodrum, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VENU; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com
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