Kelowna Hotel Celebrates Tie for TOTA Environmental Award

Always striving to reduce their carbon footprint, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites has tied for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's (TOTA) Environmental Responsibility Award. With the hard-earned award, the Kelowna hotel hopes to inspire the rest of the tourism industry to go green.

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Greg Salloum, owner of BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites (left), receiving TOTA award from TOTA CEO, Glenn Mandziuk (right)

Greg Salloum, owner of BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites (left), receiving TOTA award from TOTA CEO, Glenn Mandziuk (right).

Our recognition has crossed boundaries and borders and it is imperative we hold ourselves accountable in our environmental sustainability efforts.

Kelowna, British Columbia (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Sometimes a tie is even better than a win. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites is only too happy to share the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s (TOTA) Environmental Responsibility Award with Spirit Ridge Resort located in Osoyoos.

"A tie is great," says Brenda Rayburn, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Best Western Kelowna Hotel. "It is a strong statement on how our industry is moving in the right direction regarding environmental stewardship." Rayburn continues, "In handing out the award, Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA’s CEO, stated they had received a volume of submissions in this category and in the end it came down to a tie. This was not the case only a few short years ago." In the beginning, the Best Western hotel was one of few Kelowna hotels competing for rare environmental awards. Rayburn adds, "Our recognition has crossed boundaries and borders and it is imperative we hold ourselves accountable in our environmental sustainability efforts. I am honoured to be able to share that our efforts are part of our culture and part of our everyday work environment in our hotel."

Over the years the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites has been recognized several times as the "greenest" hotel in Kelowna, often reducing its annual carbon footprint by nearly 300 per cent. Their green initiatives have included projects big and small, from building an environmental wing and installing electric car charging stations to most recently exchanging exterior lighting to LED.

"Today," the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites, CEO and partner Greg Salloum says, "more and more hotels in Kelowna and in general are recognizing their responsibility in being less wasteful. We hope we are inspiring other businesses to take a look at how they can reduce their own carbon footprint." He adds, "We aim to set the bar high and we hope one day that what we do will become common place and future generations will not have to worry about the polar ice caps melting, flooding and the deterioration of our planet wastefulness brings."

For more information contact:
Brenda Rayburn
Director of Sales & Marketing, BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites
250-979-6905
brenda(at)bwkelowna(dot)com
http://www.bestwesternkelownahotel.com


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