At a press conference held at the Martin's Central Park Hotel in Brussels on 11 December Martin's Hotels announced that they are now the only hotel group in Belgium to have been awarded EMAS certification.
The hotel has a long-standing sustainable development project and has undertaken a number of initiatives in the fields of ecology, fair trade and humanitarian actions. Registering with EMAS was the logical step forward to structuring all of the hotels' environmental activities, thereby making them even more efficient.
Martin's Hotels chose EMAS for its credibility as the European Commission's environmental management tool, its focus on continuous and measurable performance improvement, and its participatory take on stakeholder involvement. Regarding this last point, Martin's Hotels are taking some very innovative approaches to educate and motivate their staff and to involve their customers in environmental good practices.
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