Red Sea Global Achieves Prestigious Green Key Certification for Turtle Bay Hotel
Leading standard of excellence awarded in recognition of industry pioneering approach to environmental protection, conservation, and regeneration
Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea and Amaala, has become the first Saudi hospitality entity to achieve the prestigious Green Key certification for its Turtle Bay Hotel at The Red Sea.
Turtle Bay Hotel is a self-operated property with 90 employees – 50 percent of whom are Saudi nationals from the local community, and 30 percent are Saudi females. The hotel was officially opened in September 2021 and is an advocate for training young Saudi talent entering the hospitality sector.
The world’s leading independent certification for excellence in sustainable tourism was awarded to the hotel in recognition of exceptional efforts towards environmental protection, conservation, and regeneration, as driven by RSG’s pioneering approach to responsible development.
The hotel was independently assessed by the Green Key Global, a leading international environmental certification body, which conducted a rigorous audit that tracked against 77 criteria across 13 applicable categories.
The hotel is powered by RSG’s wider vision to run all operations via 100 percent renewable energy and deliver a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040 through the protection and enhancement of key habitats crucial to biodiversity.
Turtle Bay Hotel makes optimal use of all natural resources. For instance, strategies are in place to ensure zero waste in sent to landfill and we eliminated single-use plastics, replacing non-recyclable packaging work in parallel with circular processes to prioritize recycling and reuse. The hotel also minimizes water consumption in every aspect.
These commitments extend to RSG’s network of suppliers, who commit to lessening the negative environmental and social impact of their products, including transport to the destination.
Rigorous measures have been implemented towards a procurement structure for goods and services that prioritize eco-labelled and fairtrade sources, where high standards for the protection of workers and the environment are followed. For example, all seafood served at Turtle Bay Hotel is locally sourced and independently certified as responsibly farmed without negative impacts on the environment.
Similarly, the use of toxic chemicals is prevented to protect the health and safety of employees and guests alike, particularly with housekeeping products. All housekeeping chemicals products are locally produced, and 100 percent eco-friendly.
Three resorts at The Red Sea will open this year along with the first phase of the Red Sea International airport to offer domestic flights. A further 13 hotels will open in 2024, and upon full completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include luxury marinas, championship golf courses, entertainment, F&B, and leisure facilities.