In 2008, Sol Meliá added a new hotel in Tenerife to its portfolio, the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, the location of which does not affect any protected natural area nor environmentally sensitive areas, according to law 11/90 of 13 July on environmental protection.
Amongst the environmental considerations taken into account during the development of the hotel, the following are the most significant:
The Hotel Partial Plan will also mean the hotel will have a positive social impact mainly through:
The development of the hotel also has the potential to generate indirect economic benefits for the region estimated at 150.1 million euros, bearing in mind:
The number of employees in the hotel itself is 550. The number of indirect jobs created by the hotel is estimated at 253, creating annual income of 4.5 million euros.
In parallel with the opening of the hotel, Sol Meliá signed a cooperation agreement with the Guía de Isora Town Hall to support local development through the promotion of employment and training. As part of the agreement, a Recruitment and Training Plan was implemented in which around 800 people took part.
At the end of the year, the Company opened a new five star hotel in the Catalan capital, the ME Barcelona, in which it has focused on actions to generate energy efficiency and savings. With regard to temperature control and sanitation:
The hotel has also applied new lighting and electricity criteria to encourage savings:
In parallel, the hotel, designed by the French architect Dominique Perrault, has helped transform the new 22@ technology district which aims to renovate and revitalise an old industrial area in the city with new business- es, research, training and technology centres, as well as homes, other public facilities and gardens. The infrastructure plan is funded by a public investment of 180 million euros.
The development of the hotel also has the potential to create indirect economic benefits for the region after the investment made in the land purchase and construction of the hotel for 103 million euros. Of this amount it is estimated that the indirect repercussion in the area is 72 million Euros.
The number of employees in the hotel is 189 and the number of indirect jobs created by the hotel is estimated at 95, creating annual income of 2.3 million euros.