InterContinental Budapest pioneers sustainable solutions
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe announces certification of the InterContinental Budapest in Hungary.
LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe announces certification of the InterContinental Budapest in Hungary. This global award provides independent verification of the hotel’s sustainable practices, all of which have been implemented as part of IHG’s Green Engage™ program.
“It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious recognition from a global CSR audit company like Green Globe,” said Clauss Geisselmann, General Manager at the InterContinental Budapest. “We understand that sustainability is considered a key part of growth and prosperity, and our hotel has always been a pioneer in terms of finding green and sustainable solutions.”
As part of IHG’s Green Engage™ program, the InterContinental Budapest has explored new ways of saving energy and waste to help reduce the carbon footprint. This has resulted in the launch of a number of initiatives, such as the installation of a waste water filtration system, a comprehensive recycle and reuse policy, a bio-filter to regulate food waste, and LED lighting throughout the building. The innovative online Environmental Management System not only allows the hotel to measure their daily impact on the environment, but also provides recommended actions – ‘green solutions’.
The InterContinental Budapest promotes the IHG Shelter in a Storm program, helping people in need across the world. In partnership with CARE, and built on fundraising activities, this program provides guidance on when and how to react to disasters.
On a local level, the hotel is actively involved with the community, and works closely with a number of non-profit organizations. Every year, a Health Week is organized for all staff members, who can get a full health check, and participate in the blood donation campaign. In addition, organic meals are available to the entire team.
All charitable endeavors increase awareness and comply with the IHG approach to make a positive difference to the community. It is part of the business strategy to ensure that donations have the biggest possible impact to create more sustainable communities and better lives.
The IHG Green Engage™ program supports hotels in their effort to become ‘green’ through reducing energy, water and waste consumption. Over 2,300 IHG hotels are enrolled in the program. IHG has worked with Green Globe to develop a streamlined certification process for IHG Green Engage™ hotels seeking third party recognition.
ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL BUDAPEST
The InterContinental Budapest is located on the banks of the Danube River, surrounded by Budapest’s most iconic landmarks. This luxury hotel offers 402 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, functional and comfortable, with all expected modern amenities, appealing to the discerning business and leisure traveler alike. Guests can enjoy 180-degree panoramic views over the Chain Bridge, the Danube, and the former Royal Palace. Twelve meeting rooms – all with daylight – are located on the first floor, inviting groups from 10 to 850 people. Authentic Hungarian culinary masterpieces, inspired by the latest gourmet trends, can be enjoyed at the Corso Restaurant. The Terrace features the same epicurean highlights as the Corso Restaurant, and is the ideal place to unwind, watching the sunset over the water.
Contact: Peter Palicz, Marketing Executive, InterContinental Budapest, Apaczai Csere J. u. 12 – 14, 1052 Budapest, Hungary, Tel +36 1 327 6333, Fax +36 1 327 6466, Email: [email protected] , www.budapest.intercontinental.com
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com
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