Marco talks about the origins of Conscious Hotels and how he interprets sustainable leadership in hospitality. He believes in sending a positive message and in inspiring and enticing people to take steps on the sustainability ladder. In his view, social entrepreneurship and connecting are also part of sustainable business. He likes to summarise these beliefs as “Eco-Sexy. Big Smiles” and “Doing good while looking good”.
Marco Lemmers, CEO / Founder Conscious Hotels
Marco Lemmers, CEO and Founder, started Conscious Hotels 13 years ago. After completing a Masters’ degree in Business Economics, Marco had a successful career in banking and finance. The lack of passion for the core product of this industry led to a big career change. That’s why he created his own hotel business. Hotels with style, personal connection, lots of humour, and leading sustainability standards. Living according to sustainable principles with his wife and after becoming a father, his ambition to help save the planet for future generations was the reason why Conscious Hotels was born. Conscious Hotels are attractive, funny and quirky and consist of 4 hotels, 2 restaurants and 2 cafés, all in Amsterdam for now. But together with new investors NIPA Capital, Conscious is taking over Europe in the upcoming years. They are hard core sustainable, in everything they do. But without shouting it into people’s faces. They take care of the planet, quietly in the background. No fuss. In other words: Eco-Sexy. Big Smiles.