SHTA partners with EpicPOSTED: 08/12/15 3:52 PM
GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association SHTA recently donated $473 to Environmental Protection in the Caribbean – Sint Maarten (Epic) for brochures that describe the Green Key eco-label.
The international Green Key labal goes to hotels and other accommodations that meet strict environmental and safety criteria. Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel is the first to qualify for the Green Key label. The hotel received it during a ceremony in February. This has triggered interest from other hoteliers. The criteria that must be met are on Epic’s website, www.epicislands.org.
“The SHTA has been a key partner in establishing Green Key on St. Maarten and we are grateful for the organization’s ongoing support for sustainable tourism,” Epic-President Natalia Collier said in a press release.
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an independent non-profit organization owns and internationally operates the Green Key eco-label. Epic has been a member of FEE since 2008 and is the national operator of the Green Key-label and the Blue Flag program for beaches and marinas.
Green Key is the fastest growing eco-label for tourism facilities. Around 49 countries have implemented the label in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. The program boasts more than 2,400 awarded sites.
Green Key establishments report many benefits such as savings on water and energy usage, waste reduction, a noticeably better environment for guests and staff, an improved environmental image, marketing advantages, and increased activity and sales.
“The SHTA is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with partners and the creation of a fair marketplace,” the association stated in the press release.