The Creta Maris Beach Resort, located in Hersonissos on the island of Crete, has released its 5th Sustainability Report, which focuses on environmental protection, the support of people and the local community.
“We have incorporated sustainability into the core of the group’s operations by promoting Cretan culture and the local products so that our guests can take a ‘piece of Greece’ with them back home,” said Andreas Metaxas, Chairman and Managing Director of the Metaxas Group of Companies, operator of Creta Maris, on the occasion of the report’s release.
“I personally commit that we will continue to contribute to the local and national economy, while offering added value to Greek tourism and empowering local societies,” he added.
Authentic hospitality and sustainable practices
The resort’s sustainability program includes – among others – the production of organic products and meals; the implementation of sustainable gardening practices; the protection of the environment; the support of the local market; the implementation of practices for continuous energy conservation; the promotion of local culture and gastronomy.
It is estimated that in 2017, the resort managed to save on average 580,000 Kwh of energy. Furthermore, it recycled 10,200 kg of paper, 23,590 kg of glass and 1,210 kg of aluminum-iron as well as batteries, electrical equipment, and cooking oil.
Moreover, Creta Maris participated in the “Green Soap” recycling program operated by the Clean Hands organization, aiming to become a zero waste hotel, and in the “Food 4 Feed” project for the conversion of food waste into animal food.
According to the announcement, the resort has contributed to the Greek economy with more than 1.7 million euros through the promotion of Cretan products, and to the local community with 5 million euros, as it currently employees 329 Cretans, who count for 92 percent of the total number of people working in the hotel.