Five Cairns hotels have come together to protect the local environment in Tropical North Queensland with a new initiative.
Launched by Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef, Nurturing Nature sees the hotels commit to donating $5 per delegate to local environmental and wildlife causes for events booked and held in participating hotels next year.
The participating hotels are Hilton Cairns, Pullman Cairns International, Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort and Shangri-La The Marina Cairns.
“Without our natural environment in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, we wouldn’t have a visitor economy or business events sector,” said Rosie Douglas, general manager of Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef.
“This new program is one of many ways the industry is giving back to local environmental causes whilst providing another way for delegates to leave a legacy.”
The donations will go to one of four locally based charities including Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre and North Queensland Wildlife Trust.
In addition to the donation from each hotel, the properties undertake their own initiatives to conserve energy, water, shop local and give back to the local community. Hilton Cairns have a ban on plastic straws, single use plastic, soap aid and is piloting a number of other initiatives for the hotel group in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Crystalbrook Collection boasts recycled wooden key cards, paperless check-in and check-out and coat hangers made from recycled cardboard. Low food miles is the mantra for their restaurants with the Crystalbrook Station beef farmed just a three-hour drive away.
“In Cairns, one of the most notable factors for conferences is the fact delegates can reduce their footprints significantly compared to other destinations,” said Douglas.
“Our airport is a short drive to the city centre and once here, delegates can move from venue-to-venue on foot or take an electric bus.”