The judging panel for the Dubai Green Tourism Awards The judging panel for the Dubai Green Tourism Awards

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has shortlisted 23 hotels out of 104 applicants for the second edition of the Dubai Green Tourism Awards.

An eight-member judging panel of experts from the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, DTCM, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Emirates Environment Group (EEG) and the UAE University, shortlisted the entries.

Shaikha Al Mutawa, DTCM director of business development and chairman of the Organising Committee for the Dubai Green Tourism Award, said the selection process has been made multi-tiered in order to recognise the best practices and make the programme one of the best in the world.

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Majid Al Marri, DTCM director of hotel licensing and vice chairman of the Awards organising committee, added: “The submission process has been made electronically in order to ensure highest levels of transparency, professionalism and accuracy. This is in line with the international best practices in terms of recognising the best contribution of the hospitality industry towards the protection of the environment”.

The Dubai Green Torusim Awards were launched in 2009 with the aim of reducing hotel carbon emissions by 20%.

In the launch year, 79 four- and five-star hotels entered the programme, which helped reduce the consumption of electricity by 10% in these establishments as against the targeted 7%.

These hotels also recorded a 17% drop in water consumption, beating the 12% target.

In 2011, the Awards nominations were extended to include two-star hotels and standard hotel apartments.

The winners of the 2012 Awards will be announced in April.