01 June 2016
VERDURA RESORT, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL, WINS EHMA SUSTAINABILITY AWARD BY DIVERSEY CARE
Ivan Artolli, Group Operations Director for Rocco Forte Hotels and Managing Director of Verdura Resort, Sciacca, has been awarded the EHMA corporate social responsibility prize. This exclusive award is dedicated to General Managers who succeeded in implementing and promoting sustainable hospitality actions by means of environmental protection and preservation.
Verdura Resort’s initiatives are considered to be one of the most holistic and significant sustainability programs established in the hospitality industry. “We were impressed by the resort’s holistic and structured approach focused on any aspect of the integrated bottom line concept including environmental features like energy savings, social corporate responsibility, staff training and development, guest involvement, and social media activities” commented the jury.
Artolli’s drive and leadership has continued to expand the sustainability aims and achievements of the resort, for the community, and for the environment. “All of us at Rocco Forte Hotels are extremely proud of what Verdura Resort represents for every member of our team, town of Sciacca and South West Sicily” – says Artolli – “I want to thank EHMA and Diversey Care for this prestigious award, and the entire team at Verdura for the commitment and passion that they put in their daily work”.From All of us at RF Verdura Resort a big thank you to Diversey Care and EHMA for this prestigious recognition. We are extremely proud for what Verdura represents for the every member of our team, town of Sciacca and South West Sicily.From All of us at RF Verdura Resort a big thank you to Diversey Care and EHMA for this prestigious recognition. We are extremely proud for what Verdura represents for the every member of our team, town of Sciacca and South West Sicily.
The jury for the award was composed of EHMA’s Treasurer Johanna Fragano; Dr. Ing. Arjan van Rheede, Hotelschool The Hague; and Dr. Ed Roberts, Regional Sustainability Director at Diversey Care.Every year the EHMA Sustainability Award is organized in cooperation with Sealed Air by Diversey Care. The fifth edition ceremony was held last 10th April, during the EHMA annual General Meeting in Limassol (Cyprus), that brought together 450 top hotel managers from 28 European countries.
Note to the editors
Verdura Resort faces the crystal azure Mediterranean Sea on the south coast of Sicily. Set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, with over a mile of private coastline, has just 203 rooms and suites, giving a true sense of both space and privacy. Three world-class golf courses designed by Kyle Phillips make Verdura the perfect all-year-round golf destination. There are six tennis courts; a 60m infinity pool; a soccer pitch; a fully-equipped gym; a wide-ranging sports and fitness choice and running trails through olive and lemon groves. The resort's restaurants and bars celebrate Sicilian cuisine with menus created from fresh and seasonal ingredients, grown on the property’s organic farm and complimented by a superb wine list. Set amid olive groves, oranges and lemon trees, Verdura Spa is the flagship spa of Rocco Forte Spas, the impressive 4,000sqm complex includes 11 treatment rooms, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym, fitness studio, a 25-metre indoor lap pool, four outdoor Thalassotherapy pools, a double-height steam room, infrared sauna, Finnish saunas and a Spa Bar. The resort has a 4.000sqm conference centre.
Anna Malvezzi, PR Manager Verdura Resort
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future opening: Jeddah in 2016, Shanghai in 2018
Rosie O’Brien, Group Communications Director
Rocco Forte Hotels