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Kempinski announces commitment to eradicate plastic from operations as Seychelles property is recognised for sustainable practices

Category: Africa Indian Ocean - Seychelles - Communication/Marketing
Press release published on 2019-12-09

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare retains its status as an industry leader in the arena of sustainable hospitality, following the luxury hotel’s double recertification in independent audits by the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) and EarthCheck.

This is the fourth consecutive time that Kempinski’s Seychelles property has been recognised by SSTL (a Seychelles-based voluntary sustainable tourism management and certification programme) for their efforts to adopt sustainable business practices that safeguard the biodiversity and culture of Seychelles. Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare was one of the first hotels to be recognised by SSTL when the programme was created and has continuously met the criteria assessed by independent SSTL assessors in biannual audits.

For the second year in a row, the Baie Lazare hotel has also achieved Silver Certified status from EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. A rigorous assessment evaluated the hotel’s waste management, energy and water conservation, commitment policies and community engagement in a two-day audit, during which it was determined that the hotel had demonstrated admirable improvements since their previous EarthCheck audit in 2018.

These achievements follow closely an announcement made by Kempinski Hotels at a recent general manager’s conference held in Havana, Cuba, in which the luxury hotel group declared its commitment to eradicate plastic from its operations.

Benedikt Jaschke, the group’s vice president of operational strategy and quality management, commended the group on steps it had already taken to reduce the use of plastic in its hotels – plastic straws were completely removed from Kempinski hotels worldwide in 2019 – and outlined plans to further enhance the Kempinski guest experience by implementing more sustainable solutions into the group’s operational strategy.

Jaschke unveiled a range of new guest amenities to be introduced in 2020, including bamboo combs and dental kits and new sustainable packaging for the luxury chain’s range of Ferragamo bath amenities.

‘We commend those hotels that have already taken the initiative to remove plastic from their operations since 2018,’ said Jaschke. ‘Remember, it’s not just Kempinski who says “thank you”, as our planet, seas and our future will also thank you!’

As a global company, with plans to operate in over 40 countries in 2022, Kempinski is committed to integrating sustainable hotel operations into the life of the local communities in which it operates. By working with organisations such as EarthCheck and SSTL, Kempinski demonstrates its commitment towards implementing more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business.

About Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare:

Located on the famous Baie Lazare, in the exclusive south-end of Mahé Island, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare offers guests round-the-clock expertise, dedication and unmatched Creole hospitality in dazzling surroundings of untouched, natural beauty. This beachfront paradise, nestled in a secluded bay at the foothills of a magnificent mountain range, offers a private haven for romantics at heart, an activity-packed family getaway or the perfect destination for corporate gatherings and events.

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 80 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.

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