Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas has invested more than $9 million in sustainable initiatives achieving a 22 per cent improvement in energy usage over the last 12 months by implementing a range of energy efficient procedures and community support programs.
The resort was awarded first runner up as a leader in Sustainable Tourism Excellence at the Expedia Group TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards announced on Friday at the Cairns Convention Centre.
“I am truly proud that our sustainability initiatives have been recognised amongst the best in the region,” said Steve Molnar, general manager at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas.
“The resort strives to demonstrate exceptional leadership in sustainable tourism and best practices through our comprehensive, proactive approach to environmental conservation, community engagement, and continued investment to ensure improvements and innovation are continuous.
“Our sustainability programs and partnerships with local organisations and community groups are proving key drivers to attract both the leisure market and business events. Customers want to know that they can rely on us to help them travel as sustainably as possible.
“They’re conscious of their water and energy usage as well as waste, including food waste and they want assurance that they are leaving a positive impact on the surrounding environment.”
One of the largest sustainability measures was reducing reliance on fresh town water to fill 2 hectares of lagoon-style swimming pools by harvesting saltwater and using eco liners that offset evaporation of nearly 300,000 litres of water, daily.
The resort also offers a regular ‘Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy’ experience in partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation, which allows guests to help protect the Great Barrier Reef via tracking of marine debris.
“We employ 370 associates, making us the largest employer in Port Douglas,” said Molnar.
“Our highly dedicated resort team have been instrumental in embracing impactful initiatives designed to drive positive change and support global targets, guided by our Marriott360 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of the entire Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas team.”