The concept of green hotels has begun to penetrate deeply in Europe. Although there are still very few examples in Spain, there is a growing concern favouring a national tourism project that has its foundation on a sustainable industry. Hotels and services that are energy efficient, detailed and involved in the natural area that surrounds it, committed with the sustainability of the destination and its society in different dimensions.
This discussion has already reached some of the most important hotel brands in our country and there are many that have taken measures to achieve the distinction of a “green hotel” that is consolidating as an added value.
In fact, in the latest edition of Fitur, there was a specific part, Fitur Green, designated to analyse sustainable tourism in our country, which was attended by some of the most prominent representatives of this particular sector, such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the Institute for Responsible Tourism, among others.
A good example of the work being done in this regard by the Spanish tourism industry is found in Tenerife, in one of the hotels of the hotel chain Sandos Hotels, the Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf, a resort in San Miguel de Abona, next to the nature reserve of San Blas, which includes a complete environmental program for guests, including routes and tours on rafts through the nature reserve, to a special ecological club, the Sandos Eco Club. This club organizes activities to preserve the ecological values of this volcanic territory in Tenerife and collaborates with other local institutions.
It is an interesting model and worth praising, while it is still far from resembling what the European Union has considered the ecological hotel in Europe: Hotel Garden Court in the Holland, an energy efficient accommodation, in which no artificial climate control is used, but the construction materials themselves create optimal protection to ensure adequate room temperature at all times.
But, the Garden Court has been able to go a step further and claims to be the only hotel in Europe offering its guests a 100% bio cuisine, a characteristic that has become one of the main attractions of this accommodation that attracts visitors from all around the world.