Aussies go for green getaways
Aussie travellers are keen to travel green on holiday according to an Australian survey conducted by the world’s leading hotel discovery and price comparison website, HotelsCombined.
The survey revealed more than a quarter (28%) of respondents say they enjoy their stay more if their hotel has a full eco-policy and everything is sustainable.
HotelsCombined Global PR and Content Manager, Kristen McKenzie said: "It's great to see Australian travellers beginning to think about the impact of recreational travel on the environment. Conscientious tourism is a subject we take very seriously as part of our Green Hotels and Responsible Tourism Initiative.
"Going on holiday is all about feeling great, and it's much easier to feel great when you know you're respecting your environment and doing your bit to minimise the eco footprint you leave behind."
Travellers are accepting responsibly for their choices, with 38% saying they are aware of their impact on the environment and want to do more sustainable and responsible trips; 49% said they want to be green, but need it to be made easy for them; and only 13% said they want to enjoy the luxuries without comprise when on holiday.
Aussies are still watching their pennies,though, with 63% saying that being eco-friendly is important, providing it doesn’t cost them extra.
Being green conscious on a holiday can be as simple as forgoing a couple of luxuries. Eight out of 10 Australian travellers choose to reuse their bath bowl when staying in a hotel for more than one night, in an effort to reduce unnecessary water and electricity waste from laundering.
The greatest concern for eco-savvy travellers is the sustainability of the practices, products and goods, including food and drinks available at the property.
Almost 35% of respondents said they look for properties offering goods that are sourced or produced locally, and 33% said they prefer eco-friendly practices like towel recycling, green cleaning products and reuse of linen.
Accor Asia-Pacific is one hotel group implementing a number of “behind the scenes” eco improvements, by installing low-consumption lighting, implementing recycling programs, and inviting guests to reusing their towels.
Javier Cedillo-Espin, Vice-President, Communications and Loyalty, Accor Asia-Pacific: "Our hotels in the Asia-Pacific region have been particularly committed to improving their environmental awareness and performance.
"Just one year after the launch of PLANET 21 – Accor’s global sustainable development program, our hotels have already reached some of the PLANET 21 targets, including 80% of hotels promoting locally-sourced products and 88% of hotels offering balanced menu options. And the hotels are well on the way to achieving the other targets, with 84% already banning endangered seafood species and 8% using some form of renewable energy."
Accor won the 2013 PATA Gold Award for Corporate Environmental Program in recognition of PLANET 21, Accor’s sustainable development program
HotelsCombined has a database of over 400,000 hotels with filters that allow users to refine their search by property type, guest rating, star rating, location and by various hotel features including pet-friendly, airport shuttle and wheelchair access.
More than one thousand people participated in the survey.
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