Wed 16 Jan
Sixty AccorHotels’ employees spent Wednesday 5th April 2017, away from hotel life actively helping to regenerate Australia’s local ecosystems. The group of green-thumbed volunteers teamed up with Greening Australia to plant over 1,000 trees in the Cumberland Plain Woodland – a critically endangered grassy woodland in the north-west basin of Sydney.
This small gesture is one of many activates driven by AccorHotels partnership with Greening Australia, as part of the Group’s Planet 21 sustainable development program and ‘Plant for the Planet’ initiative. The program encourages guests to actively participate, offering energy and water savings from those who reuse their towels to be donated back to the Plant for the Planet Program.
AccorHotels Australia has actively supported its global Plant for the Planet tree planting program since 2008, and over the last five years have planted more than 45,300 native trees and shrubs across three Greening Australia priority landscape projects around the country;
In 2016, AccorHotels announced that it would add a fourth Greening Australia project to help preserve local ecosystems around the Great Barrier Reef catchments. This winter, 4,500 trees will be planted in wetland areas near the Reef.
AccorHotels contributions to Plant for the Planet in 2016 will fund the planting of 14,542 trees during 2017. Globally the program to date has planted more than 5 million trees, with a commitment to reach 10 million by 2021.
“Australia’s tourism industry is reliant on our beautiful landscapes, and as the country’s largest hotel operator we have a duty of care to protect – and where need be restore – the precious natural habitats in which we operate,” says Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Pacific.
“Planet 21 is as much about inviting our guests to join us on our sustainability journey, as it is about offering our employees and hotel owners the opportunity to give back and help maintain their local environments. It is through our partnership with Greening Australia they we are taking proactive steps to leave our planet in good health for generations of hoteliers and guests to come.”
“Through the Plant for the Planet program, AccorHotels is making a significant contribution to restoring Australia’s unique landscapes so that people and nature can thrive. It is great to see a renowned hotel group like this taking a real leadership role in this space,” said Jonathan Duddles, Greening Australia’s Director of Development.
As well as providing a significant boost to on ground restoration work with volunteers and financial contributions, AccorHotels actively promotes the Plant for the Planet Program to hotel guests around Australia.
To find out more about AccorHotels Planet 21 and Plant for the Planet programs visit www.accorhotels.com
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