Accor Pacific recently entered into a strategic partnership with Ecotourism Australia to see the independent certification of all Accor hotels, apartments and resorts across Australia and the Pacific as Sustainable Tourism certified through Ecotourism Australia’s new Sustainable Tourism Certification program.
The Sustainable Tourism Certification program meets international best practice for sustainability, and the standard is recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and is part of Ecotourism Australia’s priority to make starting a journey to sustainability more accessible across the entire industry.
To mark this milestone Accor Pacific will begin to roll out the first phase of its Sustainable Tourism Certification program in Queensland, with properties Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street, Pullman & Mercure Brisbane King George Square, Novotel Brisbane South Bank, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort and Sofitel Brisbane Central participating in the important pilot.
The hotels will undertake an extensive measurement of their environmental practices and standards and actively seek to enhance their sustainability actions. These actions will focus the hotels’ Environmental Management Plans on practices to reduce waste and carbon emissions, removing single-use plastics, greater use of localised supply chains and enhanced engagement with the communities in which they operate.
Accor is proud to be the first hotel chain to adopt this new Sustainable Tourism Certification program at scale across its network in Australia. Queensland was chosen to be the first state for the pilot due the popularity of the region and its reputation as Australia’s premier holiday destination.
Sarah Derry, CEO of Accor Pacific, said “Sustainability is redefining our business model and we are proud to lead the industry forward by investing in our sustainability actions and activities in the region. Our next phase of growth is built on our powerful sense of social, environmental and economic responsibility.”
“In 2022, Accor Pacific removed some 43 single-use plastic items such as individual toiletries from guest-facing areas in over 80 percent of hotels.
“In 2023 and beyond, we are committed to taking these actions further into the removal of single-use plastics from back-of-house operations, microplastics in laundries, and by finding an appropriate long-term solution to replace plastic water bottles.
“We know there is a lot more to do and our teams will continue to focus on driving sustainability actions. There are no limits to our ambition.”
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