The awards were presented to recognize the 10 best sustainability and rehabilitation projects of Spanish hotels.
Last May 18 at the Secretary of State for Tourism in Madrid, the 'Re Think Hotel' awards ceremony took place. It was presided over by Mr. Fernando Valdés, Secretary of State for Tourism, and was attended by Ms. Valvanera Ulargui, CEO of the Spanish Office for Climate Change, Ms. Sandra Carvao, Head of Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness of the World Tourism Organization, and Ms. Celia Galera, Director General of the Habitat Futura Group. Also in attendance were political representatives from the autonomous communities where the award-winning hotels are located.
Twenty hotels were recognized for their sustainable renovation projects, distributed among the Autonomous Communities of the Canary and Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Andalusia, Madrid, Valencia, Valladolid and Alava.
We congratulate this year's winners for their effort and commitment to sustainability and we hope that the year of subscription to the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle platform will serve as a tool for continuous improvement towards this goal.
Re Think Awards
Once again this year, the Responsible Tourism Institute has collaborated with the Habitat Futura Group and the digital platform TSMEDIA, for the 'Re Think Hotel' awards, created in 2014. These awards aim to promote and highlight the benefits of hotel sustainability and value the efforts of the industry.
The call has the support of the Secretary of State for Tourism of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; the World Tourism Organization; the Climate Change Office for the Ecological Transition and the demographic challenge and the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the demographic challenge.
The jury, made up of leading tourism and building professionals, based its evaluation criteria on the following factors: Global Sustainability; Building Sustainability; Marketing and CSR; Heritage and Universal Accessibility. In addition, the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations has been taken into account, more specifically the SDGs: 13. Climate Action; 7. Affordable and Clean Energy; 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities; 12.
We would like to thank the Habitat Futura Group for developing initiatives such as the Re Think contest, which encourages the sustainable renovation of hotel establishments. It also demonstrates the benefits of sustainability in the hotel sector, contributing to cost reduction and increasing quality, comfort and attractiveness. A necessary tourism model that is a booming value in today's market.