Green Globe has announced the certification of Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong and Cosmo Hotel Mongkok.
The Cosmo Hotels scored 83 per cent (Hong Kong) and 85 per cent (Mongkok) compliance against the Green Globe Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism. Both properties have implemented a variety of initiatives to assume social responsibility and reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste.
Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong
, a Wan Chai hotel situated on the Hong Kong island, and Cosmo Hotel Mongkok, a Mongkok hotel on the Kowloon peninsula have installed energy-efficient lighting and are redesigning amenities in guestrooms, for example installing soap dispensers to reduce the use of disposable items.
The properties encourage guests to reuse towels and linens, and provide a complimentary shuttle bus with various routes to multiple destinations, catering to the needs of both leisure and business travellers, as well as reducing carbon emission in the city. The schedule is based on demand.
For a greener and healthier environment, both Cosmo Hotels are 100 per cent no-smoking properties.
To support the local community, both properties provide internship programmes, which showcase the hotel industry as a career opportunity. Through the internal ‘One Family Program’, family members – mostly children or teenagers – of hotel staff can experience the work environment of the respective parent.
Furthermore, in collaboration with Sheng Kung Hui (S.K.H.) St. Christopher´s home, the Cosmo Hotels
offers internships for disadvantaged teenagers. The short-term trainings give an opportunity to gain insight into different departments of the hotel and include interview sessions in role-play in which the interns can learn and practice job interview skills.
General manager, Cosmo Hotels, Anita Chan said: “Social responsibility has been and will continue to be a priority for us. We are proud and honoured to be part of the impressive work of S.K.H. St. Christopher´s Home which is the largest non-governmental organisation in Hong Kong providing small group home service, pre-primary education and more for children who lack adequate family care.
“For us it is extremely important to contribute to local youth development and provide opportunities for less fortunate teenagers. The young people of today are the future of our planet.
“As one of the largest industries, the tourism sector uses a huge amount of the world´s precious resources every day. Therefore, it is a necessary step for hotels to embrace 'green' policies to save our planet, our support is indeed substantial. We also have to ensure that the importance of sustainability is passed on to our guests.”
CEO, Green Globe Certification, Guido Bauer commented: “The two certified Cosmo Hotels raise awareness among hotel guests for example by introducing ‘Love our globe’ hooks for towels reuse in guestrooms. A ‘Green Book’ that features all sustainable operations of the hotel as well as opportunities to educate guests and invite them to participate in 'green' activities.”