24 November 2015
- Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2015
Gaviota Grupo Turismo, supported by Bouygues Batiment International, has been
awarded the 2015 Hospitality Awards in the category “Best Initiative in
Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility”.
Since 1999, Bouygues Batiment International
has been a main actor promoting green concept in the design and construction of
the hotels in Cuba. In 2015, this approach has been even more ambitious, and 4
new projects representing no less than 2 000 hotel rooms, have been initiated
with the aim to obtain international environmental certifications: LEED® CaGBC
and Biodivercity® Label.
The implementation of the Biodivercity label is a very first in Cuba but also a first for Bouygues Batiment International.
This innovative international label is entirely dedicated to enhancement of
biodiversity: this is particularly relevant in Cuba where not less than 50% of
plant species and 42% of animal species are endemic. The protection of this
rich but fragile natural heritage is fundamental.
The following features have been implemented on San Agustin Hotel:
- Full integration of the building into the natural
environment by reducing the footprint and impact of the site;
- Development of nurseries to conserve and develop endemic
- Creation of green corridors to ensure the movement of
- Restoration of beautiful natural gardens with endemic
- Promotion of local biodiversity (fauna & flora) and
amenities bringing tourists in contact with nature: mangrove trails, Cuban
garden, bird watching in the lagoon, marine eco tours…;
- and above all awareness and education of tourists and
employees to respect nature.
The positive impact of Bouygues Batiment International in
Cuba has been recognised by an international Award, famous in the Hotel
On Thursday 5th November, in front of 800 participants, the Worldwide
Hospitality Award has been attributed to Gaviota, the operator of the hotels
designed and built by Bouygues in Cuba.