First Central Hotel Suites and Metro Central Hotel Apartments have once again been awarded Green Key Certification in recognition of their commitment to sustainable practices. Both hotel apartments were first granted certification in 2017.
The Green Key programme recognises tourism and hospitality operators that adhere to the strict criteria stipulated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). In order to obtain certification, businesses are rigorously checked and audited. A national jury composed of representatives from ministries of environment, tourism and health as well as education and environmental experts assess each candidate.
The due diligence carried out by the organisation ensures that all certified businesses meet the highest standards of excellence in the fields of environmental responsibility and sustainability. “A Green Key stands for an establishment’s promise to its guests that by opting to stay with such an establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental and sustainability level,” the organisation states on its website.
Since TFGAM’s white paper, “The Hoteliers’ Guide to Going Green in the UAE”, was published in 2017, TFGAM’s team has been actively working to implement environmentally sustainable initiatives across all its operations. Receiving Green Key certification was one of the main goals set two years ago. Both First Central Hotel Suites and Metro Central Hotel Apartments have not only helped the environment but have been able to significantly reduce their operational costs as well as waste.
TFGAM successfully improved the operational performance of both hotels, boosting profitability and enhancing sustainability. Utility costs at both properties, for example, have significantly declined in the past two years, despite higher occupancy rates.
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