Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism - a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘ green experience' tourism market. Hailed as “Africa's Greenest hotel”, the multiple award winning Hotel Verde has been set, since opening in 2013, on proving that luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand. The 145-bedroomed hotel earned its spot as one of the most sustainable hotels in the world, after becoming the first hotel world-wide, to receive a doubleplatinum green building certification.
The Fair Trade certification brings new weight to Hotel Verde's commitment to responsible tourism principles, verifying the sustainable practices of more than just the hotel's design and building operations. The certification was audited extensively by KMPG and focused on aspects such as fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
Mario and Annemarie Delicio are the owners behind Hotel Verde, who initiated local community ‘ Eco Outings' to educate school and universitity students. Dedicated and passionate about sustainability, they have transformed what was initially just a sensible business proposition into a showcase for all to follow.