Accor Pacific partners with Ecotourism Australia to certify all hotels

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Accor has entered into a strategic partnership with Ecotourism Australia to certify all its hotels, apartments and resorts across Australia and the Pacific as Sustainable Tourism certified businesses.

Ecotourism Australia assesses businesses across the four pillars of sustainability – sustainable management, environmental, cultural and socio-economic impacts.

“We are delighted that Accor Pacific is leading the industry across Australia and New Zealand with this commitment to achieving international best practice sustainability using Ecotourism Australia’s 30 years’ experience in sustainable tourism,” said Ecotourism Australia CEO Elissa Keenan.

“Accor’s significant presence across regions, including Ecotourism Australia certified ECO Destinations Port Douglas Daintree, Bundaberg and the Coffs Coast, and seventeen other regions currently undertaking certification, and throughout regional areas and capital cities, demonstrates their commitment to sustainability in Australia and the Pacific’s unique environments.”

Sarah Derry, CEO of Accor Pacific, said sustainability is redefining the company’s business model.

“Our next phase of growth is built on our powerful sense of social, environmental and economic responsibility,” she said.

“In 2022 Accor Pacific removed some 43 single use plastic items such as individual toiletries from guest facing areas in over 80% 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, micro plastics 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.”