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Green Globe Certification

January 21, 2010 07:00 ET

Green Globe Awards Certification to the Barceló Punta Cana Resort

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - Green Globe, the leading certification program for sustainability in travel and tourism, congratulates the Barceló Punta Cana Resort on achieving certification. Throughout the certification and auditing process, the Barceló Punta Cana Resort made significant investments to ensure that the resort's infrastructure met the highest environmental standards. A key focus for the certification was the upgrading of chiller systems and guest room air-conditioning as well as the installation of an ultraviolet purifier in the resort's water treatment plant.

In addition, the resort's corporate social responsibility initiatives, which were introduced to assist the local community's school and students, also played an important role. The new program encourages guests to donate notebooks, pencils and textbooks for the local community. The resort organizes day trips for the local school students, where the educational materials are presented and the resort's facilities are open for the students and their families to enjoy.

"At Barceló, we are always reaching for higher and more specific benchmarks, like that of Green Globe," said Claudio Zboznovits, vice president of Barceló Hotels & Resorts sales and marketing in the U.S. and Canada. "Our guests appreciate our efforts, both to provide eco-friendly features but also to make a positive impact on the local community. This certification helps to further demonstrate our company-wide commitment in both areas."

Green Globe CEO Guido Bauer said, "The Barceló Punta Cana Resort has truly excelled with the certification program, and through their efforts, the resort has achieved 85 percent of the certification criteria. For a resort to succeed in reaching this level in their first year of certification is outstanding."

The resort is located on one of the Dominican Republic's most beautiful nature settings, alongside the white sands of Arena Gorda Beach at Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. It is a Premium Barceló all-inclusive resort, which joined the Barceló brand in 2006. The resort offers extensive water sports and recreation from kayaking to windsurfing and scuba. There are also tennis courts, a bocce ball court, a basketball court, a trapeze and a rock-climbing wall.

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and operates in over 83 countries via the Green Globe Alliance. Green Globe is the only certification company to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). For information visit www.greenglobe.com

About Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Barceló Hotels & Resorts is among the world's top 25 largest hospitality and travel companies. Barceló was established in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1931, first as a transportation provider and then as a hotel and travel company. The family-owned, privately held company has been world-renowned for more than 75 years for its excellence in service and its innovation within the tourism industry.

The hotel company owns or manages more than 180 properties in 17 countries. Barceló's hotels and resorts are found in key destinations and cities throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The company offers a large variety of hotels and resort types to accommodate all travelers, from budget-minded to upscale guests seeking luxurious accommodations. Barceló specializes in all-inclusive resorts that make vacation planning both convenient and affordable, offering one upfront, all-encompassing price. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Green Globe
    Bradley Cox
    Green Globe Director of Communications
    phone +1-310-984-6807
    toll free 1-800-915-7920
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    skype bradleygcox

    Green Globe Certification
    703 Pier Avenue, Suite B286
    Hermosa Beach, California 90254 / U.S.A.

    Barceló Hotels & Resorts
    Leo Salazar
    Ypartnership
    (407) 838-1802
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    Claire Kunzman
    Ypartnership
    (407) 838-1810
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