[photopress:beijing2008_1.jpg,full,alignright]It is intended that this will be a seriously green Olympic Games. All hotels that will house media and others associated with the 2008 Olympic Games have to reach certain environmental standards. According to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics it they do not meet those standards they will be struck off the list of acceptable Olympic hotels.
Xiang Ping, vice-director of the BOCOG Games Service Department said the organization hopes that the process will be completed by the end of this year. He told a press conference, ‘The hotels that fail to meet the environmental standards will be struck off the list of Olympic hotels.’
At the moment a total of 112 star-rated hotels have been designated as official hotels of the 2008 Games.
BOCOG published a set of standards in 2003 requriing all official hotels of the Games to meet a series of environmental standards in management, energy-saving, pollution prevention as well as in their guest services.
In early 2006 the National Tourism Administration released the LB/T007-2006 industrial standards which covers pretty much the same area and defines the Green Tourist Hotels.
Xiang Ping said, ‘Any hotel that passes the “Green Tourist Hotels” verification standards will be considered as having fulfilled BOCOG’s guidelines, because the two standards are almost the same.’
At least 1,500 mainland hotels had met the green criteria by the end of 2006.