“ This year many hotels have upped their game and very few points stood between the top five hotels in each region. The judges spent a good deal of time deliberating to ensure our scoring was thorough and fair. ”
The winners were:
Europe: London Heathrow Marriott
This hotel stood out for its innovative investments in renewable energy and power optimisation including a remarkable 0% waste to landfill. They were the first European hotel to partner with Clean the World to reprocess partially used bathroom toiletries, and are trialing a GRANULDISK pot washer which has reduced water consumption in the kitchen by an impressive 92%.
Highly Commended in this region are the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Lisbon and Sandymount Hotel, Dublin.
Asia Pacific: InterContinental Sydney
This hotel is a pioneer in sustainability with a ground-breaking suite of initiatives which date back more than 25 years. They’ve paved the way for other hotels in Australia by trialling new technologies and not being afraid to abandon them in favour of a better solution if necessary.
Highly Commended are the Palace Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and The Sarojin, Thailand.
Middle East & Africa: Yassat Gloria Hotel & Apartments, Dubai
This hotel stood out for the impressive impacts it’s made since beginning its sustainability journey just three years ago. It scored highly in every category with investments to reduce energy, water and waste. It participates in the Soap for Hope programme recycling partially used bathroom amenities, as well as a local can collection programme.
Highly Commended are the InterContinental Aqaba, Jordan and Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, UAE.
Americas: Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, Costa Rica
The judges were impressed by the properties’ black water treatment system and innovative approaches to both laundry and methane capture to reduce energy consumption, as well as use of renewable energy and water reduction programmes. Guests are encouraged to participate via a refillable aluminium water canister instead of glass or plastic bottles, and the hotels’ packaging and paper is mostly made from palm, banana, coffee or sugar cane fibres.
Highly Commended is the NH Collection, Bogota.