The Green Star Hotel Initiative is an Egyptian national eco-certification and capacity building program tailor-made for the Egyptian accommodation sector to encourage Egyptian hotels and resorts to move towards more sustainability. By working in partnership within the framework of the develops programmed and with the leading international tourism organizations, the Egyptian tourism industry and the Egyptian tourism authorities, the Green Star Hotel Initiative is highly accepted by both the national and international level.
The “Green Star Hotel” Program – Egypt’s Green Certification Program in support of Sustainable Tourism
Green Star Hotel is a national certification and capacity building program developed under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to support hotels and resorts interested in improving their environmental performance and social standards. This customized certification distinguishes hotels that demonstrate sustainable environmental management through compliance with a carefully designed standard. Currently 53 hotels in 11 destinations throughout Egypt are GSH certified. Thirteen additional hotels are currently in the final audit cycle to be certified.
“Green transformation is a journey and not a project! The Green Star Hotel certification is part of our national vision to green the tourism sector. It distinguishes those who invest efforts and resources to sustain Egypt’s natural wealth and assets. GSH is unique because it was developed specifically for Egypt, yet became internationally recognized”, stated Emad Hassan, Minister’s Advisor for the Egypt Ministry of Tourism.
GSTC-Recognized means that a sustainable tourism standard has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC Accreditation Panel in order to be deemed equivalent to the GSTC Criteria. Additionally, an organization that meets GSTC requirements must administer the standard. The purpose of the GSTC programs is to recognize and reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers.
“Gaining Recognition signals to all the world that Egypt’s Green Star Hotel program adheres to the international standards embedded in the company Criteria. We congratulate the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism for taking this important step,” said CEO Randy Durband.
To date, 22 standards including the Green Star Hotel standard have become GSTC-Recognized. The completion of these step-wise programs rewards standard owners for their commitment to sustainability while offering the market benefit of proof that these national standards adhere to international norms.
The GSTC will continue to work with organizations around the world to provide GSTC Recognition, Approval & Accreditation of standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. GSTC Recognized standard owners are encouraged to complete the Approval and Accreditation processes in order to achieve improvements in their sustainability frameworks, further distinction amongst other certification programs, and receive increased market benefits.
GREEN STAR RATING
The Green Star Hotel rating system is based on a certification system where “Green Stars” are awarded according to the level of environmental performance of the hotel. Achieving a Green Star Hotel certification needs commitment.
Besides passing the Green Star Hotel capacity building program, the hotel needs to accomplish all the mandatory criteria 100%. Further environmental and social actions and innovative environmental practices are additionally credited. This will be verified in an independent audit by an audit commission.
If the mandatory criteria are all fulfilled and depending how intensive the commitment for sustainability is, the hotel can obtain 3,4 or 5 Green Stars depending on the points that each hotel can get from the optional criteria.
About the GSTC
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism efforts around the world. The GSTC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that works to expand understanding of and access to sustainable tourism practices; helps identify and generate markets for sustainable tourism; and educates about and advocates for a set of universal principles, as defined by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. The Criteria, a set of voluntary principles that provide a framework for the sustainability of tourism businesses across the globe, is the cornerstone of our initiative.
For more information, visit www.gstcouncil.org.
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