Archive for September, 2010

“Cold Hawaii” promotes tourism in Klitmøller

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

At first sight Klitmøller appears to be a drowsy town in a peripheral region. But due to the strong wind and great waves Klitmøller has become a popular tourist destination especially among surfers. The harsh weather provides great conditions for wind- and kitesurfing, and the destination is known as Cold Hawaii. Cold Hawaii is internationally recognized as one of the five best wind- and kitesurfing destinations in Europe due to the many great surf spots within short distance.

Klitmøller have managed to take advantage of the goods that nature brings and focus on possibilities rather than limitations. The destination cannot compete on sun all year round instead it promotes itself on windy weather and waves. And it works. Surfers from Germany, Holland, Norway and Sweden travel to Cold Hawaii and the destination is also well known in Asia even amongst surfers that have not yet visited Cold Hawaii.

Cold Hawaii plans to become the hub for windsurfing in Northern Europe. As a mean to reach the goal the destination plans to arrange big events annually to attract even more surfers. And in September 2010 Klitmøller hosted The KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup.

When the first surfers visited Klitmøller over 20 years ago the prospects of Cold Hawaii were limited as the surfers were not popular among the locals as the surfers lived in their Volkswagen buses on public areas for longer periods of time. 10 years ago a new generation of surfers emerged and they had more money and behaved differently and at the same time Danish surfers moved to the area, which resulted in dialogs between the locals and the surfers. The new arrivals along with more surfers revitalized the area and created potentials for tourism development and Klitmøller has grown to be a great tourism destination due to the Cold Hawaii image.

Crowne Plaza – Copenhagen Towers leads the way in green solutions.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Crowne Plaza – Copenhagen Towers seeks to utilize sustainable solutions without compromising on comfort and standards. The hotel is the first in Denmark to meet the standards of the EUs Green Building Program and the Danish building regulations for low-energy class 2 and is the first to join the UN’s Global Compacts project where companies engage in social and environmental initiatives. Furthermore, the running of the hotel is certified under the international “Green Key”, which guarantees environmentally friendly initiatives within cleaning, waste, energy, food and indoor environment.

To attain groundbreaking sustainable results Crowne Plaza uses innovative technological solutions to reduce the energy consumption: From the largest solar cell park in Northern Europe to degradable shampoo bottles. The buildings are almost entirely covered with solar panels and will generate 170.000 kWh a year, which makes the Crowne Plaza the only CO2 neutral hotel in Denmark. A new technology within cooling and heating systems makes the hotel the first in Denmark to utilize the same groundwater for both cooling and heating. The technology may reduce the energy consumption of cooling and heating by 90%.

 

Most of the equipment and products in the hotel are sustainable and environmental friendly, as are all light sources. IT equipment and induction technology in the kitchen are low energy products and bathroom products are made from degradable products rather than plastic.

 

Guests visiting the hotel may even benefit from the sustainable concept in more ways, as they can take part in generating energy. Stationary bikes in the gym will produce electricity for the hotel and anyone generating 10 watt-hours gets a voucher for a free meal.

 The hotel has already been given two awards due to its sustainable credentials.

Read more about the EU’s Green Building Program www.eu-greenbuilding.org, The Green Key www.green-key.org and the UN’s Global Compact www.unglobalcompact.org