Eco implementations have paid off for an Australian resort with the Wyndham Resort Coffs Harbour reporting they have received more than just a warm glow for their sustainable efforts.
The Resort situated on a popular east coast strip of Australia, has reported that eco initiatives and energy saving measures adopted by the property have resulted in savings of around $20,000 over a 12-month period.
Using the Wyndham Green program, the resort measured its energy efficiency with the aim of reducing its energy consumption during peak periods, decreasing operational costs and meeting the demand for more environmentally friendly guest accommodation.
In 2013, the resort reduced its electricity consumption by nearly 9 per cent, and made further reductions last year of 4.84 per cent.
According to a recent World Tourism Organisation (WTO) study, demand for eco-tourism accommodation is increasing by 20 to 34 per cent every year.
The Wyndham Resort Coffs Harbour has incorporated eco measures such as energy efficient pool pumps and a small decrease in the pool’s temperature. LED lights were installed throughout the resort as well as observing how hot water is used during peak periods.
Gary Collard, Resort Manager said reducing usage in the peak times was key to cutting the costs of electricity and creating a more energy efficient environment that would be beneficial for guests.
“It is vital for us to show our commitment to creating a more sustainable environment for our guests and by continuously monitoring our services and facilities, as well as educating staff, we can provide them with that experience without compromising the quality of their stay,” said Collard.
Resort employees receive ongoing education about the importance of conserving energy and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s Wynnie the Wallaby Green campaign was launched last year, teaching guests about the resort’s efforts in conservation.