South African Hotel Group to Develop Green Establishment in Zanzibar

South African Hotel Group to Develop Green Establishment in Zanzibar

The Verde Hotel Group from South Africa has won a contract to upgrade and manage Zanzibar’s Mtoni Marine Hotel into a green five-star property, which will be renamed to Hotel Verde Zanzibar.

The Bakhresa Group has commissioned the development, which will transform the hotel into a flagship for tourism in the region.
“We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa,” Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group said.
Hotel Verde South Africa became the first African hotel to offer carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing at no extra cost to the guest in 2014.
It has won numerous regional and international awards for its sustainable initiatives.
Hotel Verde Zanzibar will feature a contemporary design infused with local Tanzanian elements consisting of 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina.
The redesigned establishment will integrate the best environmental strategies and practices including renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators; a grey water recycling system; responsible procurement; waste minimization and management; and indoor environmental quality optimization among others.
It intends to integrate sustainability during construction and eventually throughout its daily operation without compromising the luxury component.
Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels added, “We want to prove that going green is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense,”
Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing a Green Star from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Verde Hotels will work with regional construction company Estim Construction on this venture.


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