As part of Club Med’s local initiatives promoting sustainable practices and encouraging Australia and New Zealand to move #ForwardTogether, a competition will be launched through @ClubMedAustralia Facebook on 27 September – 8 November, 2018.
Put forward your ideas on how Club Med can further their sustainable practices and your could go into the draw to win an all-inclusive trip to a Club Med resort in Asia to see your idea come to life.
For more than 60 years, sustainability and responsibility has been at the heart of Club Med’s DNA, havingimplemented countless longstanding actions and eco-initiatives reflecting what we know today as sustainable tourism. Club Med, the pioneer in premium all-inclusive holidays, is proud to announce that after having successfully removed plastic straws across their eight resorts in Asia, plastic straws will also be removed from all 68 resorts worldwide by 2019. Plans are already well underway to progressively eradicate all single-use plastic from resorts permanently.
The removal of single-use plastic is the most recent initiative from Club Med’s ongoing pursuit of both global environmental sustainability and social responsibility. This recent news reinforces the brand’s sustainable commitment and aims to promote widespread awareness amongst guests about the repercussions of excessive plastic use on the global environment.
“Over the years, Club Med has developed a firm belief that the moments of happiness we offer to our guests are to be shared; they cannot be experienced at the expense of others or of nature. This mantra is considered throughout the entire process from location scouting, construction, biodiversity protection, food and water consumption, staffing, and educating our guests,” explains Rachael Harding, General Manager of Club Med in the Pacific.
“This recent initiative, first focusing on Asia and then globally, is putting a firm foot forward in our commitment toward environmental conservation. We feel it is our responsibility to educate and inspire as a committed sustainable resort group.”
Since Club Med’s implementation of a “Straw on Request” policy, replacing plastic straws for paper straws (only for guests who request a straw), Club Med’s popular Thailand resort, Club Med Phuket, has alone seen an approximate 76% decrease in the use of straws, reducing the daily use by an estimated 1,000 straws.
With sustainability and responsibility top of mind for the all-inclusive resort brand, 74% of Club Med resorts across the globe have achieved “Green Globe Certification”, with the objective to reach 100% in the near future. The “Green Globe Certification” is the highest and most thoroughly tested standard of responsible tourism; an annual review of sustainable practices across all aspects of business from training and recruiting staff, to food and energy wastage, resort construction and biodiversity preservation, including the preservation of local culture of the surrounding communities.
Club Med’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism has seen countless small and large scale initiatives implemented into the daily operations of resorts worldwide. Such activities can be highlighted by three main objectives; caring for the environment, caring for guests, and caring for local communities.
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