Ho­tel Verde

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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