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A view of the new Royal Club suites at the Royalton White Sands. - Photo by Claudia Gardner

Royalton White Sands, MoBay receives Green Globe Certification

Royalton Luxury Resorts is pleased to announce that Royalton White Sands, Montego Bay has been awarded Green Globe Certification. Green Globe is the only international programme to recognise companies within the travel industry that demonstrate a long-term commitment to incorporating sustainable practices within their overall day-to-day operations.

Established in 1993, the Green Globe organisation adheres to ISO 19011 guidelines and employs independent auditors to ensure their rigorous criteria comprising over 330 compliance indicators is met. Their guidelines are revised annually, and in order to maintain their Green Globe Certifications, hotels must undergo an annual inspection and demonstrate an improvement each time in their adherence to the recommendations set by Green Globe.

Green Globe CEO, Guido Bauer, said, "We congratulate Royalton White Sands, Montego Bay as the first Royalton Luxury Resorts property to be certified Green Globe. This luxury Jamaican resort scored 73 per cent compliance after being independently audited, which is quite an accomplishment for a first-time certification.

Community connection

One of their most notable achievements is their connection to the local community. Royalton is active in bringing on and training local staff as well as incorporating cultural practices as part of their service style. They are also keen to source local products, including cosmetics made from natural ingredients for their spa, through to purchasing seasonal produce for traditional Jamaican dishes in their restaurants.

"Green Globe is currently working to certify other properties within the collection, and we commend them for their active and ongoing contribution to sustainable tourism," he added.

Armando Pizzuti, general manager for Royalton White Sands, Montego Bay, also welcomed the certification as recognition for his team's ongoing dedication to offer their guests a luxury holiday experience while respecting the local environment. "Throughout our day-to-day operations, we seek to educate our guests on the destination that they are visiting and how they can help keep it pristine. Information on our commitment to the local environment and how our guests can help us during their stay is displayed in each of our rooms.

"We also have incorporated a number of features within the property that help reduce our environmental impact such as the use of eco-friendly cleaning products, in-room motion sensors to avoid unnecessary lighting and use of air-conditioning and a comprehensive recycling programme. Our waste water flows directly into our own our treatment plant where it is irrigated, not into the drains. Moreover, we also regularly monitor the local wetlands close to our resort."

Royalton White Sands, as part of their commitment to their local environment, also extends to community support. Along with leading weekly clean-ups of the surrounding area, the resort has also been responsible for launching a local tree-planting project and programming a variety of different activities throughout the year to keep care of the local environment front of mind within the local community.

For more information on Royalton White Sands, Montego Bay and Royalton Luxury Resorts, visit www.royaltonresorts.com.

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