Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dune & Golf Resort Has Been Green Globe Certified

Bangkok, Thailand (PressExposure) May 11, 2009 -- Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort announced today that it is the first Novotel resort in Vietnam to have achieved the prestigious Green Globe Certified status. The world renowned distinction recognises the hotel's commitment to operating at the world's highest environmental standards.

Novotel Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort chose to demonstrate their commitment to the environment by undertaking Certification - the highest level of the Green Globe programme. The hotel was assessed according to eight performance criteria that will guarantee, among other things, better waste management, less pollution, and energy and water consumption control. After an initial benchmarking phase, the Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort was audited in order to obtain Green Globe certification, and will undergo the same process annually in order to guarantee that the criteria are maintained. The successful completion of the Certification process demonstrates strong commitment to the principles of environmental sustainability.

Staff at all levels were involved in the process, starting from an awareness session at the start of the project which focused on sustainable development, the hotel's commitment, and the criteria that needed to be met. They were encouraged to extend their awareness to family members, friends, and the local community. Each department head was then given an opportunity to propose an improvement plan for their operations and the implementation was carried out by all staff.

Mr. Jon Bourbaud, General Manager of Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort said "We are very pleased and proud to be the first Novotel resort in Vietnam to be Green Globe certified. It is a tremendous achievement for the hotel and our staff. We have shown our commitment by putting a great deal of effort into being monitored and becoming compliant to international standards. It is now visual and tangible. More importantly, it has provoked a sense of environmental responsibility among all our staff and people in the community. I am very proud of each and every single staff member who helped make it happen."

"We have set a new standard for resorts in Vietnam, given the fact that having an option to choose a hotel or vacation destination with minimal environmental impact and offsetting programs is increasingly becoming important. Quite simply, people are becoming more aware of the impact we have on the earth and our responsibility to change past behaviour, while at the same time, the service quality has to remain well maintained."

The hotel plans to utilize the certification to promote their hotel as a responsible hotel in order to make a stance with regards to sustainable development as well as to raise awareness towards the environment in the tourism sector among hotel guests and the local community, especially in Phan Thiet where tourism plays such a vital role in economic growth.

About Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort is located 200 kms north of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam amongst one of the most pristine beach environments in the country. The resort offers 123 elegantly furnished rooms, each with a private balcony featuring views of the golf course and spectacular sea scapes in addition to the picturesque Phan Thiet coastline. Surrounded by one of Vietnam's most acclaimed golf courses, designed by Masters Champion, Nick Faldo, the par 72 links style course boasts the famous par 3 hole number # 9 has been rated as one of the "world's best 500 holes" by Golf Magazine. The resort is only minutes away from the centre of town and numerous local attractions and activities are within easy reach. Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort is the perfect choice for people looking for truly unique Vietnamese hospitality.

About Green Globe Green Globe is the worldwide Benchmarking, Certification and performance improvement system assisting the travel and tourism industry to attain sustainability. Green Globe provides a certification system that responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet, including climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management.

Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global (which promotes markets, develops and manages the Green Globe program for GGAP) says: "I am delighted that Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort has achieved Green Globe Certified status. Novotel Phan Thiet is a prime example of an organisation committed to environmentally sustainable tourism. They have demonstrated through a variety of initiatives, that their business and its employees can make a difference by reducing their environmental impact. The commitment they have shown by participating in the Green Globe programme and the achievements they have made within the programme set an example for other businesses to follow."

Novotel: synonymous with respect for the environment,

Novotel's long-term commitment for the environment began as a part of Accor's Earth Guest programme and is now embraced as an integral part of the hotel brand network. In order to affirm this operational commitment, in July 2007 Novotel began its association with Green Globe, the international environmental certification programme for responsible travel and tourism, through an initial pilot phase of 28 hotels in 12 countries across five continents.

By 2010 100% of Novotel hotels will be participating in the Green Globe environmental certification programme. With this commitment, Novotel reaffirms its primary goal: to be - and to remain - the benchmark in terms of hotel innovation.

By doing so Novotel has become the leading hotel brand in the segment to involve its entire network in sustainable development.

About Accor

Accor, a major global group and the European leader in hotels, as well as the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 150,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in two core businesses:

Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre;

Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in employee and public benefits, rewards and loyalty, and expense management.

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Press Release Submitted On: May 11, 2009 at 4:18 am
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