Important change for star hotels in the English Channel

In particular, at the Mercure de Cherbourg, environmentally responsible actions and practices have already been adopted. (© La Presse de la Manche)

“Modernization and environmental friendliness ratings from tourist accommodation. » The measure is included in reconquest plan and treatment from tourism in France developed governmentclassification upgrade hotels on number of stars it is today Entry into force.

“Objectives: to take into account evolution of use watched these last yearswith a focus on health crisisto maintain the competitiveness of French housing,” said Atout France, tourism development agencyThere is A few days.

133 criteria for furnished apartments

Furnished tourism facilities are one of the facilities that fall under this new classification. For them, this applies even from February 1, 2022, explains Angela Flambard, director of the Labels Manche association (Gîtes de France and Clévacances). “We went from 112 to 133 criteria,” she explains. “The grid was very old. It has been modernized to meet today’s requirements and services, integrating the movement towards sustainability and ecology. “This grid was built in consultation,” she also emphasizes. Interviewing, in particular, members of the networks Gîtes de France and Clévacances. “These are developments that are heading in the right direction for furnished apartments and do not care too much about their owners, who are already supported by labels in accordance with these criteria. »

As of April 4, 2022, there are 198 classified and published properties in the Manche, including 97 tourist hotels (source: Atout France).

In line with new uses

The new frame of reference has been designed to match new expectations from client base but also to changes to the offer which, in one way or another, were encouraged, with new equipment and Services in which the owners have invested. This “will apply to all hotels that will have to carry out their inspection visit from April 1, 2022 ”, says Atout France.

Enterprises classified under the old standard do not need to reapply if their classification is still valid.

Criteria outdated Was deletedwith new gridas an incentive to fax machine in stock or for installation bidet in bathroom. On the other hand, criteria related to sustainable development were reinforced. While there are thirteen, there are now twenty-seven, “including the thirteen required for all categories,” the GNI (National Group of Independent Hotels and Restaurants) counts.

Encourage Savings

In particular, hotel managers have to saving water and energy to improve sort wasteto use short circuits for catering… Developments have already been implemented in more than one star hotel in the English Channel.

In the Accor group with the Planet 21 program, we already have goals to pay attention to recycling. We have also started cooperation with the association Les petits composteurs.

Marilyn LavenueMercure Hotel Manager Cherbourg

Efforts are concrete, up to monitoring consumption for service laundrywhere the number is displayed trees planted as compensation as Accor funds reforestation projects as part of its “positive hospitality” policy.

Eco gesture awareness

AT kitchen as in offices, employees are also informed about eco gestureswhat they are reminded of in support posters even on carts. And in roomsthere are markers: mini bar, Water bottles made of cardboard, cups made of porcelain on the table, cups in the bathroom are no longer plastic, but glass, and shower gels and milk are no longer in bags. Etc..

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The hotel thinks sustainable development even outside, where containers were installed to grow plants and aromatic herbs used in the kitchen.

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