InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa has become the first French Polynesian resort to achieve EarthCheck gold certification, and Eaton Hotel in Hong Kong has continued its EarthCheck certification with a silver certificate.
EarthCheck is one of the world’s leading sustainability programs, focusing on recognizing the environmental and social steps made by hospitality industry operators to reduce their environmental footprint.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa were congratulated on being the first resort in French Polynesia to receive gold certification by Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global and EarthCheck.
“On behalf of the EarthCheck team, I would like to congratulate InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa on being the first property in French Polynesia to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification.”
“It is very inspiring to witness InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa taking bold steps to implement sustainability programs. The property’s conservation and environmental awareness programs are outstanding examples of how a hotel can achieve sustainability goals through involving staff members, guests, volunteers and the local community,”said Mr Moore.
Moorea Resort & Spa have proven a significant commitment to conservation and environmental missions. The resort works together with guests, staff and the local community to preserve and protect the environment. An international voluntary “reef check” program is supported by the resort, whereby the resort educates and the public, and monitors the health of the coral reef. A “green team” is also present within the resort, providing innovative ideas to conserve and protect the environment.
Located at the resort is the Moorea Dolphin Centre, a marine and environment preservation centre providing interactive programs with bottlenose dolphins and offering marine education to tourists and locals. Also located within the resort is the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, which cares for ill and injured turtles from the islands within French Polynesia.
“We are honored to be the first resort in French Polynesia to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification,” said Thierry Brovelli, General Manager, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. “We are proud of this achievement and our resort team continues to look for ways to raise the bar in implementing sustainably initiatives that protect the environment, local culture, and community.”
Earlier this month, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa was also named “French Polynesia’s Leading Resort” at the 2013 World Travel Awards.
Hong Kong’s Eaton Hotel has received another silver EarthCheck certification this year. The hotel achieved Best Practice in five out of eight assessment categories.
Just a few of the environmentally sustainable practices made by the hotel include the minimization of water consumption, the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions, a reduction and the levels of waste sent to landfill, the suspension of the usage of plastic water bottles, and the removal of endangered bluefin tuna from the hotel’s menu.
“The Silver status proves the success of Eaton, Hong Kong’s on-going practices in developing and maintaining our environmental policy. But we’re not content to stop there and are now exploring ways to take our energy for these causes in to the wider community, both locally and across the industry,” said Shane Pateman, General Manager of Eaton, Hong Kong.