In 2014, two ski hotels were rewarded the GOLD Award by the international organisation Travelife and today, the remaining four hotels have been presented with this highly regarded environmental and social accolade.
The gold awarded hotels are
- Hotel Banyan in St Anton, part of Lodges & Mountain Hotels
- Hotel New Solarium in Courchevel, part of Lodges & Mountain Hotels
- Hotel Cachette in Les Arcs, part of Hotels & Altitude
- Hotel Diva in Tignes, part of Hotels & Altitude
- Hotel Terra Nova in La Plagne, part of Hotels & Altitude
- Hotel Viking in Morzine, part of Hotels & Altitude
To gain Travelife Gold certification the hotel must meet their 150 sustainability criteria. This includes environmental issues, such as minimising their waste and use of energy, water and chemicals, as well as taking positive action on social issues, such as employee welfare, working with the local community, child protection and human rights. They must also show how they are helping to support local businesses and protect local traditions and wildlife.
Sophie Roskam, directrice générale Lodges & Mountain Hotels and Hotels & Altitude: “Our responsibility is to offer our customers quality holidays while respecting the local community and the environment and as our teams were already environmentally-conscious in their private lives, taking it to a professional level was the logic thing to do. We’ve worked incredibly hard for several months to achieve this Travelife certification and are delighted to have received six times gold.”
Gordon Ritter, purchasing director Crystal Ski Holidays: “We at Crystal are absolutely committed to meeting our social and environmental responsibilities. We have a carbon management strategy in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, covering aviation, major premises, ground transport and flagship hotel properties which includes our partner Lodges & Mountain Hotels. Congratulations to the team for this huge success.”
Travelife www.travelifecollection.com is a travel industry-led scheme launched in 2007 in partnership with tour operators like TUI Group, Thomas Cook and several other operators, endorsed by ABTA. The labelling scheme helps hotels cut costs and increase sales, by improved sustainability.
For more information visit www.lodges-mountain-hotels.com and www.hotels-altitude.com/uk.
Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the tourism industry. It helps tour operators, hotels and accommodations to manage and monitor their social and environmental impacts, as well as communicate their achievements to customers. It is an easy to use sustainability system which provides members with a practical framework to improve their business.
Travelife provides a range of support to help its members prepare for their independent audit. Hotel and accommodation members whose on-site audit shows they fulfil the requirements of the Travelife sustainability criteria will achieve a Gold award. They can then feature on the Travelife Collection website and their award can be used in promotion by hoteliers and tour operators, alongside other recognitions such as their star rating.
Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations is the only certification scheme that works in partnership with tour operators, both in the UK and internationally, who use the system to increase sustainability in the industry and communicate achievements to customers.
For more information about the Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations please visit: www.travelife.org or www.travelifecollection.com