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Eco Tourism: Greenest Hotel in Kelowna

October 25, 2011 | by Christina Van

For Immediate Release
Kelowna, BC, October 18, 2011

Interior Health BC Selects BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites as the Greenest Hotel in Town

Kelowna Hotel TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites has been selected by Interior Health BC as their preferred hotel in Kelowna for business travel on account of their green initiatives.

Interior Health B.C.’s Green Team has awarded the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites the honor of being chosen as their preferred hotel when traveling for business to Kelowna. Interior Health launched a project in May 2011 to find the greenest hotel in Kelowna. Hotel submissions were scored against criteria that pertained to the environmental considerations taken by the hotel, commitment to enhancing the community with green initiatives, and effort to reduce their overall ecological footprint.

"I am thrilled with this recognition for three reasons, said Greg Salloum, CEO of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites "First it recognizes the achievements of our staff and owners to push the sustainability envelope, second it is the first time a major employer in the valley has recommended our hotel based on these achievements. This was a very detailed RFI process, and finally it will lay down the gauntlet to other hoteliers to step up to the plate and show the world that accommodations, whether addressing business travels or the tourism sector can and should be more sustainable in our fragile ecosystem."

The designation from Interior Health as Greenest Hotel in Kelowna will remain in effect until September 2014.

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For more information please contact:

Brenda Rayburn
Director of Sales & Marketing
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites
Dir. Phone: (250) 979-6905
Toll Free: 1-888-860-1212

 

Photo (left to right):
Aman Hundal, Manager, Sustainability & Waste Operations, Interior Health
Ted Spearin, Energy Manager, Interior Health
Terry Smith, Co-Chair Regional Green Team, Interior Health
Rosemary Paterson, General Manager, BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites
Greg Salloum, CEO, BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites
Brenda Rayburn, Director of Sales & Marketing, BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites 


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