Hotels from Austria, Indonesia, South Africa and Ecuador won the four regional awards in Green Hotelier’s annual awards. The Boutique Hotel Stadthalle, Austria was the European winner, recognised for recent renovations that have made the townhouse boutique hotel ‘zero-carbon balanced’. These include the installation of 130 square meters of solar panels and a water heat pump, as well as a plan to put windmills on the roof. The winner for Africa and the Middle East was Hotel Verde in Cape Town. According to Green Hotelier, not only are they one of the greenest hotels on the continent when it comes to operations, they also have an incredibly strong focus on the wellbeing of staff.
Nikoi Island in Indonesia was the winner for Asia Pacific. The judges said it leads by example when it comes to delivering a luxury, island paradise experience in as sustainable a manner as possible. It also is deeply engaged with its local community, having established six learning centres teaching English and IT skills and teacher training workshops. Finally the winner for the Americas was Black Sheep Inn Ecolodge, Ecuador. 100% community operated, it features such sustainable innovations as state of the art composting dry toilets, in-bathroom gardens fertilised by the toilets’ compost, transparent roofs for natural light, and rainwater and wastewater harvesting systems. “Seeing the innovative and inspiring ways hoteliers are reducing their impact on the environment whilst supporting their staff and the communities in which they’re based has been a really heart-warming experience,” said Siobhan O’Neill, co-editor of Green Hotelier. “I’m happy that we’re able to recognise their hard work.”