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Green Costa Rica holidays at the recently eco-certified Tabacon hotel

Becoming the first every hotel in the country to receive such honour, the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Arenal has achieved outstanding eco-friendly distinction by recieiving the Luxury Eco Certification Standard awarded by STI

Green Costa Rica holidays at the recently eco-certified Tabacon hotel

Proving once more that some of the world's most amazing green escapes can be found on Costa Rica holidays, Sustainable Travel International (STI) has just announced that the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Arenal, Costa Rica, has achieved its Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS), becoming the first ever hotel in that country to pass the intensive on-site inspection and receive this coveted eco-distinction. Designed to educate, as well as help luxury hotels create and implement a sustainability management framework to the kind of luxury holidays they provide, LECS is the first and only voluntary, global certification program of its kind. Focusing on Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet and Profit), the comprehensive standard aligns with impending global accreditation through the Tourism Stewardship Council.

With sustainable tourism on the rise now more than ever, in a moment when the planet stands before a dramatic climate change menacing closer than ever, Leading Hotels spearheaded a new partnership between STI, the global non-profit leader in sustainable travel solutions, and Leading Quality Assurance (LQA), a joint venture of Leading Hotels that specialises in quality assurance, benchmarking and training to the luxury hospitality industry in order to form a strategic alliance to reward eco-friendly hotel practices. Together, they created an innovative program, which carries out evaluations in five areas: policy and documentation; energy conservation; water conservation; recycling; and community. The fusion of these five components will reduce long-term operating costs, and create customer and employee good will.

In order to become LECS certified, hotels must undergo a preliminary desk audit, complimented by an on-site, third-party assessment handled by LQA. The process of becoming LECS eco-certified is challenging and requires a serious commitment on behalf of the hotel applicant, and Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort exemplifies this commitment on many levels indeed. Perhaps the most striking among them is the fact that two underground reservoirs provide all of the hotel’s water – both hot and cold – eliminating the need to use any other energy sources for heating or cooling it. Delivering the best in the correct use of resources for guilt-free Costa Rica holidays, the hotel also has in place significant practices for conserving water and electricity, and recycling a variety of materials.

In addition to engaging vigorously in staff training, the hotel offers guests opportunities to support its sustainability initiatives through tree-planting projects, contributions to the local community development fund, and making local products and handcrafts available for sale in its shops.

When talking about the ecological aspect of eco-friendly Costa Rica holidays, Tabacon Grand Thermal Resort and Spa's General Manager, Uwe Wagner said commenting on the resort’s philosophy: “One may not be able to change the world, but one can certainly make a big difference in the place where you live, making it a better place for everyone.”

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