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eTurboNews : First hotel in Austria receives Green Globe certificate for sustainability

LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe today announced certification of the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Kaiserhof in Vienna, Austria.

The property is the first hotel in Austria to receive the internationally-renowned Green Globe Certificate.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof's Director, Anton Christian Greiderer, said: “I am very proud to receive the Green Globe seal for the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof as the first property in Austria. We are committed to offering sustainable services to our guests and conserving resources for future generations. Protection of the environment has played an important role in our company for a long time, but until now we have not gone through an independent audit and received an award, which means a lot to us. I would like to thank my dedicated team, which contributed so much to achieving this ambitious goal.”

“Green Globe Certification is so important to us because it is an internationally-recognized system that not only covers environmental aspects of sustainability management but also social and cultural responsibilities. We thank the Green Globe team for the excellent support of our hotel during this important time and process,” added Mr. Greiderer.

Green Globe Certification's CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof is a beautiful hotel with a rich tradition. Built in 1896, the hotel ranked as one of the most modern hotels of its day, offering such novel conveniences – in the 19th century – as an elevator, central heating, electricity, and running water in all rooms. Today, the hotel is Austria's pioneer in certified sustainability management, with initiatives to reduce the use of water and energy, as well as waste management and separation systems in place.”

In addition, the hotel offers information about its “green” procedures in a brochure for guests, and a sustainability management book explains procedures and responsibilities in detail, providing transparency for employees and customers. Rooms feature information about responsible use of towels and air conditioning, which automatically turns off when windows are opened. With its central location in the city center, the hotel also encourages the use of public transportation, offers tickets for tram lines, suggests the use of bikes and electronically-operated cabs, and provides discounted public transportation passes to employees.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof is located in the historical heart of Vienna, which is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse, lined with grand buildings, monuments, and parks. Vienna's roots lie in Early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city. Sights include the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg, and the Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna is also well known for playing an essential role as a leading European music center.


The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof is located in a quiet area in the historical heart of Vienna, only a few minutes walking distance from the magnificent Ringstrasse and Vienna State Opera, as well many fine restaurants, bars, and cafes.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof's harmonious blend of tradition and modern comfort is accompanied by a fresh, vibrant styling. The ultimate goal is to ensure that, on departure, every guest will eagerly quote an often-used phrase by Emperor Franz Joseph: “It was very lovely. I had a very pleasant time.”

Friendly staff, top-quality service, and loving attention to detail lend the hotel a uniquely comfortable and relaxing ambience.

When the hotel was built in 1896 on the former “Glacis Grounds,” it ranked as one of the most modern hotels of its day, offering such novel conveniences (for the time) as a guest elevator, central heating, electricity, and running water in all rooms. Due to the close friendship between the building owner and Archduchess Marie Therese, the latter convinced her brother-in-law, Kaiser Franz Joseph, to approve naming the hotel “Kaiserhof.” In 1913, the hotel was already recommended by Baedeker's Austria-Hungary, one of the very first travel guides.

In 1974, KR Dr. Ludwig and Elisabeth Richard took over the hotel. Since 1983, it has been a member of the BEST WESTERN Reservation System, which has resulted in a significantly higher percentage of guests from the USA. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof has been regularly renovated and expanded to better accommodate the needs and wishes of guests.

Contact: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Kaiserhof, Frankenberggasse 10 A-1040 Wien/Vienna, Austria, Phone +43 1-505 17 01, Fax +43 1-505 88 75 88, Email wien@hotel-kaiserhof.at , www.hotel-kaiserhof.at


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 Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com .

Source: greenglobe.com
Publicat de: eTurboNews
Joi, 05 Aprilie 2012 - 04:15 AM

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