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21-03-2016 20 HOTELS RECEIVE ECO CERTIFICATION DURING MTA SEMINAR

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During a seminar organised last week by the Malta Tourism Authority at a leading hotel in Sliema, 20 hotels in Malta and Gozo were awarded with Eco-certification as part of a national scheme which aims to ensure the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels on the Maltese Islands.The certificates were presented by MTA Chairman, Dr. Gavin Gulia and MTA CEO, Mr. Paul Bugeja.

Currently there are 22 hotels that are Eco-certified. Of these, 18 were re-certified whilst two hotels, the Be.hotel and the Radisson Blu Malta St. Julian’s, were awarded the certificate for the first time. A further two hotels were not up for renewal at this time.

Addressing the seminar, the MTA CEO, Mr. Paul Bugeja, pointed out that “the eco label should not be considered as some kind of cost savings measure, but a way of supporting and ensuring that we preserve our resources for future generations, whilst at the same time utilising the available resource for the benefit of current generations. Having been enrolled as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the Malta Tourism Authority is active in the development and promotion of common sustainability standards for the tourism sector worldwide.” Through this international recognition, a local hotel that receives the ECO-certification as part of the MTA managed scheme is also automatically GSTC-certified and this will contribute to increased exposure for the certified establishment. 

The MTA Chairman, Dr. Gavin Gulia, highlighted “the importance that the tourism industry is geared towards the benefits of environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels”.

The seminar also included a number of relevant presentations. Ms Eilis McCullough, from ADI Associates spoke about the outcome of the certification audits, Ms Natalí Ruiz Gómez, Fuerte Hoteles Spain and Mr Edward Bonello, Westin Dragonara Resort Malta both addressed the matter of communicating sustainability, whilst Mr Clyde Falzon, Wasteserv Malta spoke about food waste separation.

More information on the Eco-certification made be found on www.mta.com.mt/eco-certification

Photo Caption: MTA Chairman Dr. Gavin Gulia and CEO Mr. Paul Bugeja presenting the certificate and plaque to one of the newly certified hotels.

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