The President of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales last week helped inaugurate the first aerothermal plant in the Island’s tourist sector, along with his Minister for Tourism, Inés Jiménez, at the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa, in the municipality of Mogán.
Gloria Hotels & Thalasso started with green energies years ago and now have added to this exiting system, with four aerothermal pumps, enabling them to cool the facilities and to warm the water supply and the heated swimming pools using renewable energy.
Gloria palace royalThe chain has already exceeded the much lauded 20/20 target (to reach a minimum of 20% renewable energies by the year 2020) and, in fact, is getting 25% of its energy from clean sources, a challenge for the government, added Morales, who encourages Canarian companies to follow this path “when a company of this nature has makes such an investment effort, that moves society and generates social and economic profitability, it is another step for Gran Canaria towards reaching the highest levels of energy sovereignty.”
This new investment is part of the project GLORIA ECO 20/20 where the use of solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies have drastically reduced emissions, making the company a tourist landmark in the implementation of sustainable tourism.
The adventure of Gloria Thalasso & Hotels began in 1988, when Basque entrepreneur Estanislao Mañaricúa, a huge lover of Gran Canaria after having spent his honeymoon here with his wife, Valentina Aristondo, decided to built an innovative 4-star hotel in the area of San Agustín, which he baptised Gloria Palace San Agustín Thalasso & Hotel. A great innovator and visionary, Mañaricúa was a pioneer in incorporating thalassotherapy services in a sun-and-beach hotel in Gran Canaria, a hotel concept that back then only existed in some European countries.
More than a decade later, in 2003, Mañaricúa created Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel, a 4-star hotel that would be turning point for Costa de Mogán, reactivating once more the tourism industry in the area. The hotel group kept on growing and in 2008 saw the birth of its third hotel: Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa, a 4-star superior hotel located on Playa de Amadores