Sustainability and CSR of the Princess Hotels in Barcelona

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MAX Tourism has labeled us as an example when it comes to committing ourselves to the environment and citizenship. The following article develops details of how the hotels of Barcelona and Negresco Princess minimizes the impact by implementing the Princess 360.

A business model committed to the environment and citizenship

Hotel Barcelona Princess and Hotel Negresco Princess, both hotels belonging to the Princess Hotels & Resorts chain, have spent these days looking back to remember the most important moments of a solidary year that has left its mark in its history, 2018.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the values that defines Princess hotels, which are committed to their immediate environment, respect for the environment and citizenship. They are constantly looking for the minimization of their impact, as well as the implementation of a responsible management based on honesty, family conciliation and trust with your team.

Following this premise, the hotels carry out their own sustainability policy implemented in 2016 and baptized as “Princess 360º”, in which the “Princess & You” program was presented, until now the mainstay of its CSR Plan, and to which has been added the new side “Princess & Me”, driven by Laura Fernandez, new addition to the team as head of CSR and Innovation for the two urban hotels of the chain in Barcelona, this combining the internal and the external part of the hotel and completing its 360 virtuous circle:

Princess & You: It includes the environment, customers and society and since its beggining, actions such as participation in solidarity activities such as the Inter Hotel Games or the Clean-up of the Marine Fund, or innovative initiatives have been carried out within it at the Negresco Restaurant to join the realfood movement.

Princess & Me: This mainstay incorporates the internal client and aims to promote a healthy culture in all areas, which ensures the well-being of its employees, as well as promoting the culture of recognition by ensuring their commitment and pride.

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Likewise, under this solidarity, responsibility and commitment to the environment, Hotel Negresco Princess and Barcelona Princess, at the same time that they assists in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the World Tourism Organization in its organization, each year it allocates part of its benefits to a different solidarity cause by voting of all its employees, as is the case of the Abracadabra Foundation that has been chosen this year as the global cause solidarity of the Negresco Princess and the case of Make-A-Wish Spain, chosen charitable cause of Barcelona Princess.

Sun, views and solidarity magic with the Abracadabra Foundation on the terrace of the Negresco Princess

As every year, all the people who are part of the Negresco Princess Hotel in Barcelona, choose a solidary cause that will be our active and voluntary contribution to the social, economic and environmental improvement of our society.

For the whole team, choosing which will be this annual social action represents an important decision and a commitment. This year, after studding several proposals, our winning cause was the Abracadabra Foundation. A solidarity project that gives magic and smiles to children staying in hospitals to make them have a more pleasant stay. As they say: “Thanks to the solidarity magic we managed to provide an extra dose of illusion very necessary to overcome the difficult moments.”

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Last Sunday we were lucky to have a very special magician at the Negresco Princess hotel in Barcelona. Carles Mag, a solidary magician of the Abracadabra Foundation who came to bring us plenty of illusion to adults and children with their visual and participative games. Incredible effects, cards, impossible knots, sponges, coins and many other things that impressed all of us.

An event for all customers and friends who wanted to share with us the illusion of solidarity magic, both in La Terrazza Negresco and in the Negresco Restaurant.

In addition, coinciding with the # SetmanaTerrasses18 that takes place in Barcelona from June 1st to 10th and that organizes the Gremi d’Hotels de Barcelona , on the 3rd we will also have Carles Mag who will once again bring the illusion to all of us, and on Sunday 10th June will be the magician David el Mag who will surprise us with live and impressive magic at the Hotel Barcelona Princess.

But  magic does not end, if you want more, here is the schedule of performances:

Hotel Negresco Princess #LaTerrazzaNegresco (Free admission):

  • Sunday, June 3 from 12h. to 14h.
  • Sunday July 8 from 12h. to 14 h.
  • Sunday, August 5 from 12h to 14h.
  • Sunday September 9 from 12h. to 14h..

Hotel Barcelona Princess (Free admission):

  • Sunday June 10 from 12h. to 14h..

So don´t think more and come with the whole family to enjoy the sun, the views and the illusion of our favorite magician. We are waiting for you!

Happy 2018, the best is yet to come …

A new year is about to begin and the best way to say goodbye to this 2017 is reminding all those actions in which the Hotel Negresco Princess and Barcelona Princess have participated and are related to the city of Barcelona, gastronomy, culture, sports, sustainability and environment .

During the 2017…

We were in solidarity with our cause in favor of Cottolengo of Alegre´s  Father and collaborating with other foundations such as Trinijove, ARED, Barcelona Forum District, Action against Hunger, Rotary Foundation, among others. In addition, Santiago Hernández, Director of the Hotel Barcelona Princess, was awarded for his generosity and proactivity in helping the labor incorporation in the XXII Tourism Night of Catalunya.

We were sustainable and in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism we accepted the Challenge # Tourism17 and we turned for a responsible tourism. We participated in the “Let ‘s Clean Up Europe” cleaning day in the Collserola Park and the Barcelona Princess Hotel turned off the lights of its impressive skyscraper during the hour of the planet.

We played 3 sports participating in the Barcelona Triathlon and 7 athletes of the Barcelona Pirncess Hotel formed the team #BarcelonaPrincessTeam to promote a healthy life. The Negresco Hotel, offered free Yoga classes on his terrace to connect body and mind. And both urban hotels in Barcelona, participated in the Inter Hotel Games 2017 and they did it for a good cause.

Music was present on the terraces of Barcelona during 2017 and was accompanied by sunsets and gastronomy. At the Hotel Barcelona Princess with DJ Vinyl, sessions at 85 meters high at the Terraces week and at the Hotel Negresco Princess with tribute to Prince and George Michael (live music) at the Terraces week and music inspired by the sun and the sea with Mediterranean Soundn by Moët Chandon during the summer. Festivals could not be missed at the Fòrum Parck and in front of the Barcelona Princess Hotel, such as the Primavera Soun and the Cruïlla Festival.

Chefs of Barcelona hotels had an active year. The Restaurant of the Hotel Negresco Princess changed its image to become Negresco Restaurant. Its Chef, Jon García, presented a weekly menu and his “tapa” Dome of lamb, foie and chocolate, was the winning “tapa” in the Tapas of the earth category of the Tapa Tour Hotel. The Barcelona Princess inaugurated the good weather of Barcelona with its traditional Cocktail lunch at The Gym Bar, this year with a proposal of healthy and sustainable lifestyle habits. “Tapa” Plankton Planet made by Joan  was the semifinalist of the challenge “Placton Marino del Hotel Tapa Tour”. And David and Pedro did live cooking in a showcooking at the Congress of the product and gastronomy of the Pyrenees and at the Montanejos Cheese Fair.

– We became a reference of culture. With # NegrescoÉsCultura, this hotel in the center of Barcelona, became the new reference space for culture in Barcelona in collaboration with the TR3SC club. In the Fòrum area of Barelona and in the Poblenou district, the Barcelona Princess Hotel was introduced in live art and made part of the Window Art Circuit of the Poblenou Open Nigth

Thanks to all the Princess Hotels & Resorts Hotels workmates in Barcelona for their involvement in the 360 Princess & You Sustainable Project. Thanks to the foundations, institutions and organizations and above all thanks to you for trusting in us.

During 2018 we want to do much more, we hope to count on you and we wish you good luck!

Turns in the Negresco Princess for the challenge #Tourism17

This  2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism and in the Princess Hotels & Resorts we join the challenge # Tourism17, making actions that allow a sustainable tourism and responsibility to improve the environment.

#Tourism17 - Hotel Negresco Princess

#Tourism17 – Hotel Negresco Princess

Both  the Hotel Barcelona Princess and in the Hotel Negresco Princesss are hotels committed (#Hotelscompromesos) with their environment and give great importance to sustainability in their different areas, that is why throughout the year we carry out several Corporate Social Responsibility actions (CSR ) to promote actions that help to improve the environment.

The Hotel Barcelona Princess was the first to accept the challenge # Tourism17. Santiago, Director of this hotel in Barcelona (See video), Marina, working in booking department (See video) and Joao, one of our regular guests (See video), turned to promote green tourism and challenged the Hotel Negresco Princess.

For this reason, Jairo Mayolas, the Director of Negresco Princess also turned  17 times and now it is the turn of the Negresco front desk manager, Miriam, who accepts the challenge #Tourism17 and turns on its own axis to be aware of the sustainable and ecological tourism.

We can all be awareness and we encourage you to collaborate in sustainability to improve our environment every time you travel, as  a small effort form all of us means a great and positive difference in the environment.

Meet miriam, Head of reception at the Hotel Negresco Princess

She has lived in several countries, but finally Miriam has come back to the great city of Barcelona, we show you a little bit of her interesting life at this hotel at the centre of Barcelona.

 Where are you from, Miriam?
I am from Barcelona but I have also lived in Montreal and Dublin for four years.

They are very different cities to Barcelona, in Montreal there were temperatures of -20 degrees, so there were incredible underground cities. That weather was really cold and there is nothing better than the Mediterranean climate of Barcelona.

What do you do at the hotel?
I am the head of reception, a function that I manage together with Laya and our great team at Hotel Negresco Princes.

#YoSoyNegrescoPrincess - Miriam

#YoSoyNegrescoPrincess – Miriam

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