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Cosmo Hotels in Hong Kong and China achieve Green Globe Certification

Posted Date: Wednesday, 30-May-2012

LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe announced certification of Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong and Cosmo Hotel Mongkok in Hong Kong, China. The Cosmo Hotels scored 83 percent (Hong Kong) and 85 percent (Mongkok) compliance against the Green Globe Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism. Both properties have implemented a variety of initiatives to assume social responsibility and reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste.

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong, a Wan Chai hotel situated on the Hong Kong island, and Cosmo Hotel Mongkok, a Mongkok hotel on the Kowloon peninsula, have installed energy-efficient lighting and are re-designing amenities in guests rooms, for example installing soap dispensers to reduce the use of disposable items. The properties encourage guests to reuse towels and linens, and provide a complimentary shuttle bus with various routes to multiple destinations, catering to the needs of both leisure and business travelers. The schedule is based on demand. Both Cosmo Hotels are also 100 percent smoke free to ensure a healthy environment for guests and staff.

To support the local community, both properties provide internship programs, which showcase the hotel industry as a career opportunity. Through the internal “One Family Program,” family members – mostly children or teenagers – of hotel staff can experience the work environment of the respective parent. Furthermore, the Cosmo Hotels offer internships for disadvantaged teenagers in collaboration with Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher´s home. The short-term trainings give an opportunity to gain insight into different departments of the hotel and include interview sessions in role-play in which the interns can learn and practice job interview skills.

Anita Chan, General Manager of Cosmo Hotels, said: “Social responsibility has been and will continue to be a priority for us. We are proud and honored to be part of the impressive work of S.K.H. St. Christopher´s Home, which is the largest non-governmental organization in Hong Kong providing small group home service, pre-primary education, and more for children who lack adequate family care. For us, it is extremely important to contribute to local youth development and provide opportunities for less fortunate teenagers. The young people of today are the future of our planet.”

“As one of the largest industries, the tourism sector uses a huge amount of the world´s precious resources every day. Therefore, it is a necessary step for hotels to embrace 'green' policies to save our planet. Our support is indeed substantial. We also have to ensure that the importance of sustainability is passed on to our guests,” added Ms. Chan.

Green Globe Certification´s CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “The two certified Cosmo Hotels raise awareness among hotel guests by installing ‘Love our globe’ hooks in bathrooms, for towels that guests would like to reuse. A 'Green Book' features all sustainable operations of the hotel, as well as opportunities to educate guests and invite them to participate in 'green' activities.”

ABOUT COSMO HOTEL HONG KONG

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong is a modern boutique hotel with the cool, hip design features that today´s travelers look for. Rooms offer chic, contemporary styling and state-of-the-art amenities. Young, stylish, and affordable, Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong benefits from a unique location - between the popular Hong Kong shopping district of "Causeway Bay" and the vibrant commercial district of "Wan Chai."

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong rooms - ranging from 160 square feet (15 square meters) to 900 square feet (83 square meters) in size - are designed for parties of different sizes. Cosmo offers various room types from standard, superior, and executive over studio and studio triple to one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Connecting rooms are available for superior and executive room types. All rooms feature iPod dock, WiFi and wired Internet, flat-screen TV, mini bar, tea and coffee maker, hairdryer, bathtub or shower with massage shower heads, and top quality linen and bath towels. A flat screen personal computer is available in executive rooms, studio, triple room, and suite.

Located in Hong Kong's prime business area, the hotel is situated opposite Queen Elizabeth Stadium and close to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It is also within walking distance of Causeway Bay's shopping and entertainment district, as well as the Hong Kong Stadium, which hosts international sport events including the Rugby Sevens Tournament. Hong Kong International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. The Airport Express Line offers a convenient 25-minute ride that takes you directly to Hong Kong station, from which Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong provides free shuttle bus service to the hotel. Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong is managed by Boutique Series by Kosmopolito.

Contact: Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong, 375-377 Queen´s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Phone +852 3552 8388, Fax +852 3552 8399 , E-mail: mktcom@cosmohotel.com.hk

ABOUT COSMO HOTEL MONGKOK

The boutique Cosmo Hotel Mongkok is located between the districts Mongkok and Tai Kok Tsui, a place featuring great local heritage. Opened in mid-2010, the 100 percent in-door, smoke-free hotel offers 285 rooms including 20 suites. The different room types - Room Comfort, Room Superior, Room CosMorganic, Room Family Quad, and Suite Air - feature modern décor and functional design.

Olympic Station is a four-minute walk from the hotel, MongKok subway station a ten-minute walk away, and you can drive to Hong Kong International Airport in 30 minutes. Famous local markets and world-class shopping malls are nearby. The Italian restaurant, Cinecittà, is a place for a meal to remember. Managed by Boutique Series by Kosmopolito, the Cosmo Hotel Mongkok is also a member of Utell Hotels and Resorts.

Contact: Cosmo Hotel Mongkok, 88 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Phone +852 3987 2288, Fax +852 3987 2299, E-mail: mktcom@cosmomongkok.com.hk

ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION

Green Globe Certification 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, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com .

Sourced: e TN Global Travel