CHINA: Accor Greater China has teamed up with Trip.com to offer hotel guests more control over their carbon footprint.
The new option in the Trip.com app was inspired by the educational whitepaper released by Accor, Trip.com, and McKinsey & Company last year.
“The path toward eco-friendly travel in China”, proposed a set of collaborative measures across the industry value chain, from guests to global hospitality and travel service providers, in order to move China’s tourism sector toward a more sustainable future.
One of the key findings in the paper was that Chinese travellers are open to travelling more sustainably if they have the support and tools to do so.
Travellers looking to stay at an Accor hotel in Greater China can use the Trip.com app to select an option to reduce their carbon impact during their stay.
Once the reservation has been confirmed, the hotel will be notified of the reduced carbon stay and will arrange the guestroom amenities and services accordingly.
This includes actions such as making temperature adjustments, monitoring light usage when the guests are out, not replacing towels and bed sheets on a daily basis, as well as other actions.
Guests will receive confirmation of their reduced carbon pledge and the actions that the hotel will take on their behalf.
Gary Rosen, CEO, Accor Greater China said: “Accor is proud to lead the way in sustainable hospitality with another step forward that will create awareness, engage travellers in making healthier choices, and have a lasting impact on how people travel throughout Greater China.
“Reducing carbon emissions as well as achieving transformational and sustainable change cannot be accomplished by one company alone. It takes a concerted effort of bringing many industry players together to achieve and a greater outcome of reducing carbon emissions in China and around the world.”
Accor is actively engaged in numerous efforts to reduce carbon emissions throughout its Greater China hotel network. Food waste reduction is a key area of priority for the region’s hotels and it was the first international hotel group to stop actively providing “six bathroom amenities” in hotel guestrooms across the Greater China region.
Accor hotels are currently implementing an industry-first biodegradable and environmentally friendly solution that replaces disposable plastic bottles of toiletries in hotels and it is the first international hospitality company in China to commit to third-party, professional eco-certification of its entire portfolio of hotels with China Hospitality Association’s Green Hotel Certification, in line with national standards. See below.