Congratulations to the winner of the SAA “Profit with Purpose” award - ILUNION Hotels, Spain

March 13, 2020

                                                                                                                 GHS Directors of Sales Chari Hettiarachchi and Gisleine Freitas

At the official Serviced Apartment Awards ceremony organised in London last night, ILUNION Hotels was announced as a winner of the SAA “Profit with Purpose” award. GHS Directors of Sales, Chari Hettiarachchi and Gisleine Freitas were honoured to receive the award on behalf of our Hotel Partner.

Despite the current disruption in the travel industry, the event saw over 350 hospitality professionals and peers providing common ground of a leading community which works together to strength the industry, particularly important in this challenging times.

Embedding strong social and environmental values into their core business, ILUNION Hotels portraits the vivid image of the award by being a unique hospitality company established with the sole purpose to integrate those with disabilities into the workplace.

ILUNION Hotels is part of the social group ONCE (National Organisation of Spanish blind people) which was founded in Spain after the civil war to raise funds to provide services for the blind and people with serious visual impairment. ILUNION Hotels, on their continuous development and commitment to integrate people with disabilities, viewed those with different capabilities not as barriers, but as endless possibilities.

Born with the mission to provide employment for the disabled, ILUNION Hotels set the norm that each of their hotels must have a minimum of 40% of their staff having some sort of disability. What is more, ten of their hotels are run as Special Employment Centres, where over 70% of workers are those with some type of disability. This is a new kind of integration model in the tourism industry and can be used as an example to showcase workforce integration.


ILUNION Hotels Personnel

With ILUNION Hotels providing employment for the disabled and hence the infrastructure, their hotels ensure a blissful and rare retreat for those traveling with disabilities; ILUNION Hotels provide accessible tourism for all, ensuring every detail is taken care of.

ILUNION Hotels wants to improve social wellbeing by contributing to the prosperity and sustainable development of the communities where they operate, promoting social integration, creating dignified and justly remunerated jobs, generating accessible surroundings that improve the performance of employees, and enhancing the quality of life of users with functional limitations as well as the service to clients. This commitment endeavours to remove both physical and mental barriers frequently encountered by people with disabilities. 

GHS represents ILUNION Hotels worldwide, together with 180 other independent hotels and hotel groups ranging from key city centre locations such as New York, Chicago, São Paulo, London, Paris and Dubai to pristine beach resorts in the Maldives. The GHS diverse and extensive collection which includes some of the most outstanding hotels and resorts in the world undoubtedly meets the ever growing expectations of today’s most discerning business or leisure travellers, honeymooners or event planners alike.

Our experienced team of hospitality experts from around the globe seamlessly provides travel solutions to industry partners across all segments. Through the team’s unparalleled skills, local knowledge and global reach, GHS builds brand awareness and drives revenue to individual hotels using a unique collaborative approach.

Gergana Halatcheva, Senior Vice President at GHS comments:

“We are extremely proud to partner with ILUNION Hotels - their passion and second-to-none dedication is admirable. We strongly believe that raising awareness around accessibility to clients, partners and the wider society should be part of Corporate Social Responsibility and we are thrilled to see the recognition given to ILUNION Hotels for their commitment in this area.”

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