Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is on
the verge of achieving Green Globe Certification, a landmark status
that attests to a property's high grades in environmental
beachfront resort on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada recently received
the Green Globe Benchmarked Certificate, the final step before
receiving full certification from Green Globe, the global
benchmarking, certification and improvement system that assists the
international tourism industry in attaining
This is the
second time around for Spice Island in the march toward Green Globe
final certification. The resort was the first property on Grenada
to be certified by Green Globe in 2004, but that certification
expired during the time the resort was closed for rebuilding and
renovation following Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
During the $12
million renovation leading up to the December 2005 reopening, Spice
Island followed environmentally conscious operating procedures with
an eye toward the goal of regaining Green Globe Certification, said
Royston Hopkin, Spice Island's chairman and owner.
environmentally friendly measures, the resort "reduces the use of
nonrenewable resources and yields extensive cost-savings," said
"At Spice Island
we are extremely proud to be doing our share to help sustain our
island and its natural treasures."
In order to
obtain the Benchmarked Certificate, Spice Island switched the
swimming pool water from a chlorine base to a salt base, launched a
bottle-return program, set up a composting system and grew and
maintained a vegetable garden.
Benchmarked Certificate comes on the heels of Spice Island
receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award for the third time.
Less than 3% of
the more than 32,000 AAA-approved properties achieve this rating,
which will appear in the AAA 2007 Caribbean TourBook
information, visit www.spiceislandbeachresort.com.
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