The award committee has short-listed 33 hotel establishments for the site visits before selecting the winners.
The visits included hotels’ representatives answering assessors’ questions related to their property’s environmental strategies, environmental issues that their initiatives and programmes addresses, history of environmental performance of these initiatives, and education and awareness.
Announced on 3 June, the award is DTCM's way to recognize all the environmentally-conscious initiatives and best practices of Dubai's hotels and deluxe apartments.
The initiative is part of the department’s ambitious Sustainable Tourism agenda for the emirate, a sought-after tourism destination in the world.
About 200 hotels from three, four and five stars and deluxe hotel apartments were eligible to compete for the annual recognition programme.
Ms. Shaikha Al Mutawa, DTCM Director Business Development, said by embracing sustainability initiatives, Dubai hotels can gain a competitive edge that would undoubtedly have a positive impact on like-minded tour operators.
Mr. Majid Al Merri, DTCM Director of Classification, said a number of administrative measures have been taken to make hotel establishments implement environment-friendly programmes. The site visits have been helping the DTCM and its stakeholders getting a better understanding about Green Tourism concepts.
The award sponsors are EcoVentures, M.Can, InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, and Philips.
For more information go to http://green.dubaitourism.ae