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Sustainability is an essential component of our hotels’ operations, which are leading the way with innovative initiatives, while being mindful of their locales. Deeply anchored in their local communities and ecosystems, our hotels strive to preserve biodiversity for inhabitants, visitors and future generations. Remaining highly committed to its protection, we are seizing the occasion of the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal (COP15) to shine light on our teams’ efforts and achievements, through the launch of our mini-series.

By embedding sustainability across all activities, we aim to encourage and empower every team member, guest, owner and partner to take action and play an active role in pioneering a more sustainable kind of hospitality. Meaningful programs and initiatives – including protecting local flora and fauna contributing to biodiversity conservation and animal welfare – are developed and implemented locally to protect the ecosystems, natural environments and resources at each site, while also forging constructive synergies with local communities and preserving the destinations’ attractiveness. Take a glimpse at the ways our teams around the world are creating positive change, on the ‘Our Planet, Our Commitment’ series.

Fostering Biodiversity by the Nile: Discover How the Mövenpick Resort Aswan Team Steps Up

With 404 rooms, suites and villas, 7 restaurants and bars, Mövenpick Resort Aswan is built on its own Arcadian island, which is home to some of the oldest trees in the area and an ideal habitat for wild birds – a birdwatcher’s paradise with rare species coming from colder countries to enjoy the warm weather. During the opening episode of our series, you can find out more about the array of biodiversity initiatives from Sherine Zineldin, Director of E-Commerce, Marketing & Communications at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Egypt.

Flourishing Flora and Fauna Initiatives at Mövenpick Resort Aswan

  • 30,000m2 organic farm: the hotel grows a wide variety of local produce including herbs like mint and coriander. Over 3,000 fruit trees – papaya, mango and dragon fruit, to name but a few – have been planted so far with the aim of totaling 5,000 trees by mid-2023. In 2021, the farm provided over 20 tons of fresh produce for guests to savor.
  • Compost from food waste: during 2021, the hotel produced over 30 tons of natural compost from waste and leftovers, covering the needs of the farm, as well as micro projects and farmers in surrounding villages in partnership with the Faculty of Agriculture in Aswan.
  • Flower Nursery: more than 5,000 flowers have been grown and used for lobby decorations.
  • Birdwatching: the hotel has built a sustainable birdwatching station from wood & date seeds where a specially trained team works with Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) to identify birds and raise awareness.
Sustainable birdwatching station - Mövenpick Resort Aswan — Photo by AccorSustainable birdwatching station - Mövenpick Resort Aswan — Photo by Accor
Sustainable birdwatching station - Mövenpick Resort Aswan — Photo by Accor

About Accor, a world-leading hospitality group

Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry's most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor's unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company's comprehensive loyalty program – ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its global sustainability commitments (such as achieving Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050, global elimination of single use plastics in its hotels' guest experience, etc.), Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit, or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.