Meliá Hotels International Named the Most Sustainable Hotel Company in the World

Meliá Hotels International, the leading hotel company in Spain, has won recognition as the most sustainable hotel company in the world by SAM – a Swiss company that specializes in sustainable investing.

on October 23,2019 12:00 AM

Meliá Hotels International Named the Most Sustainable Hotel Company in the World

That recognition is the result of an individual assessment that confirmed the company's commitment to social and economic development and its key role in combating climate change in the hotel industry.

In Vietnam, where Meliá has established a footprint of eight hotels from Phu Quoc in the south to Ba Vi in the north, the hotel company has mounted a campaign against singleuse plastic since September of 2018. Throughout its properties, Meliá has banned the use of plastic in straws, cups and other food containers, opting for bamboo alternatives.

Meanwhile individual properties are pursuing complementary efforts. At the Meliá Ba Vi Mountain Retreat, for example, the hotel is using environmentally friendly ecoheim paper for brochures and flyers. At Meliá Danang Beach Resort, they’re treating used soap in a process that includes sterilization and cold pressing, and dispatching that recycled product as part of a ‘Soap for Hope’ effort to areas where hygiene is a challenge.

Meliá submitted these efforts, and efforts by its hotels worldwide, to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of the sustainability performance of more than 4,700 companies in all industries based on general economic, social and environmental criteria and specific criteria for each industry.

Last year, Meliá achieved the third highest score in the industry as well as Silver Class recognition in the Sustainability Yearbook published by SAM. But this year, the Spanish hotel company has set a new record in achieving the highest ever score within the Tourism Industry to date - 83 points (10 more than in 2018).

Meliá Hotels International Named the Most Sustainable Hotel Company in the World

“We’ve made sustainability an intrinsic part of our business,” said Gabriel Escarrer, vice president and CEO of Meliá. “It is one of our most important goals. Companies must generate a positive impact on society and the planet.” As part of the evaluation, the assessment found that Meliá achieved the maximum score of 100 points in such sub-categories as Climate Strategy, Social Reporting, CRM, Tax Strategy or Materiality.

“We are a family company with strong values and very focused on building a relationship of trust with our stakeholders and society in general,” said Escarrer.

Operating in Vietnam since 1999, today Meliá hospitality management brand operates Meliá Danang, Meliá Ba Vi Mountain Retreat, Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort, Sol Beach House Phú Quoc, INNSiDE by Meliá Saigon Central, Amena Residences & Suites managed by Meliá Hotels International (Meliá Saigon Central), and The Hoi An Historic Hotel managed by Meliá Hotels International (Meliá Hoi An).

The company expects to open five new properties in the near future: Gran Meliá Cam Ranh Bay, Meliá Phu Quoc, INNSiDE by Meliá Halong Bay, The Reed Hotel managed by Meliá Hotels International (Meliá Ninh Binh), and Lavender Boutique Hotel (INNSiDE by Meliá Saigon Mariamman).

Beyond Vietnam, Meliá is expanding throughout the Asia Pacific region, with 23 properties currently in operation and 26 properties in the pipeline.

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