Butterfly Beach – Dedicated Green Hotel In Barbados
Butterfly Beach Hotel, located on the South Coast of Barbados, offers secluded beach and casual ocean front accommodation with convenient access to a variety of recreational activities, shopping and dining experiences.
Butterfly Beach Hotel continues to improve its overall sustainability performance and recently received Green Globe certification in acknowledgment of its commitment.
Anne-Marie Kent, Reservations Manager & Assistant Hotel Manager at Butterfly Beach Hotel said, âWe, at Butterfly Beach Hotel are thrilled to have recently been awarded Green Globe Certification. This is a step in the right direction on our path to commitment in running a sustainable, environmentally and socially conscious hotel.Â Our Team works hard on a daily basis to ensure all our guests are happy and comfortable and the entire team, and especially the Green Team, look forward to improving even more next year.â
Butterfly Beach Hotelâs Sustainability Management Plan focuses on the conservation of energy and water usage and reducing waste output .The hotelâs Energy Management Plan is comprehensive and includes the improvement of energy efficiency through the deployment of LED lighting fixtures and the change over to inverter air conditioning units across the property. In addition, energy consumption is significantly reduced through initiatives such as limiting the use of lighting during the early hours of the morning when most areas of the hotel are not in operation.
As a green hotel, the property adheres to strict guidelines on waste prevention through the use of segregated sorting bins in guest rooms that encourage the recycling of plastic containers and glass bottles. In restaurants, plastic cups and straws are provided on a request basis only. Guests are also encouraged to support eco-friendly programs by re-using towels and buying locally. And, the hotel prefers local businesses and green suppliers as a means of contributing to the local economy.
âWe are proud of our in-room recycling program and look forward to expanding this throughout the hotel.Â We are also proud of using local and regional products throughout the property including Earthworks (Local Pottery) who create our vases, and sign boards, as well as displaying local artistsâ artwork in the lobby,â added Anne-Marie Kent.
As part of their corporate and social responsibility, hotel associates are involved in a number of initiatives that utilize their knowledge within the wider community. The Guest Notice Board, also known as the Green Notice Board, provides a wealth of information on activities and local history as well as wildlife information.Â It features the hotelâs Environmental Policy as well as updated information on things to do. It also includes important information on the types of souvenirs that cannot be legally purchased such as coral. If coral is removed from its natural environment in large numbers the local eco-systemâs survival would be threatened.
Butterfly Beach Hotelâs Environmental and Purchasing Policies can be viewed on the hotelâs website at www.butterflybeachhotel.com
âWe look forward to working with Green Globe for many years to come,â concluded Anne-Marie Kent.
About Green Globe Certification
Green GlobeÂ is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license,Â Green GlobeÂ is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries.Â Green GlobeÂ is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Green Globe is also a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). For information, please visitÂ www.greenglobe.com
About the Author
Gemma has a BSc Business Administration, an Executive MBA and a Professional Diploma in Tourism Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), London. She developed a career and passion for tourism marketing whilst spending ten years living in Barbados. She pioneered the management and marketing for several properties and has been involved in the set up and consultancy of several companies. Her experience, knowledge and extensive connections within the tourism industry make her an ideal candidate to professionally market and provide an unrivalled UK representative for her clients. Gemma is a member of the Association of Women Travel Executives.