Of the 39 criteria the Resort was required to meet, it well-exceeded its score in areas such as employee training, communications strategy, community development, conserving water/energy resources and protecting surrounding ecosystems.
Located on Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas Island, and in keeping with the islands own ecological record as a nature reserve, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara has been developed by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).
“We are actively engaged in our adherence to the Green Globe Certification standards. This recognition highlights Anantara’s sincere commitment to operating in an environmentally, socially and culturally responsible manner,” says Christian Zunk, General Manager, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.
“The Environment Health and Safety Management System provided by the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi helps us integrate our approach for identifying and managing all the areas related to the environment, health and safety of our employees, guests, stakeholders and our resident Wildlife on the Island, which are our utmost priority and this stringent system enables us to achieve this to the highest standards.”
The Resort conducts regular awareness training on activities that increase its environmental impact, and on its own responsibilities towards environmental conservation and sustainability. It also supports local environmental campaigns.
“Our yearly Guest Satisfaction Survey score remains well above the industry average and shows that the service we provide and our commitment to the environment exceeds guest expectations,” continues Zunk.
“Without restricting their comfort in any way, Anantara’s environmental culture also extends to communication on sustainability issues with our guests.”
Environmental sustainability is not only a fundamental aspect of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, but integral to the Anantara brand. Each resort adheres to Green Globe Standards and displays Anantara’s Environment, Social and Cultural Sustainability Policy on its website.
First originated in 1992 at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the Green Globe standard now operates across 83 countries.
Green Globe Summits are conducted in different locations throughout the year to share the latest best practices, training and development initiatives.
“Sound environmental sustainability was firmly on the agenda from the word go,” remarks Zunk.
“The fact that Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is one of very few hotels in the region to achieve this accolade is testament to the wider scale of ecological initiatives that Abu Dhabi has developed over recent years.”
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