Shining A Light On Eco-Initiatives

Shining A Light On Eco-Initiatives

Ahead of Earth Day in April – and on the heels of Meliá Hotels International being named one of the most sustainable companies in the world, the Spanish hotel group is running Meliá Sustainability Week, shining a light on eco-initiatives that its hotels and resorts have undertaken.

 

Meliá Chiang Mai kicked off a forest restoration project in partnership with the Doi Suthep Nature Study Center and the Forest Restoration Research Unit in 2022 to help restore the tropical forest in Northern Thailand. Their efforts have covered an area of more than seven acres and they have actively contributed over 4,350 trees, including important native species, to the area.

 

Shining A Light On Eco-Initiatives
Meliá Chiang Mai is actively supporting local farms.

 

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, in Thailand’s capital, is also balancing its central city location with projects that prioritise the earth. Through their GREENSiDE project they partner with Bangpu Nature Education Center for tree planting activities, with their volunteer staff planting over 100 mangrove trees so far.

 

In Thailand’s south, Meliá Koh Samui is enhancing green spaces within the property and decreasing erosion and so far volunteers have added an additional 40 trees to the property. At Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, the team is reimagining the island’s most famous fruit, the Phuket Pineapple. The cleaning team uses a natural detergent made from pineapple peel and pineapple tops are the main table decorations throughout the property.

 

Shining A Light On Eco-Initiatives
INNSiDE by Meliá Yogyakarta is using eggshell waste to fertilise plants.

 

“We are very proud to once again be recognised as one of the leading hotel companies in sustainability worldwide, and we will continue to work to innovate and lead the way towards more responsible tourism, contributing to generating wealth in destinations and improving our positive impact on communities,” stated Gabriel Escarrer, President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International.

 

In nearby Vietnam, Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort runs a Carbon Offset Program, offsetting guests’ travel emissions through tree planting initiatives. The seaside resort has also introduced more nature-based, educational experiences that highlight local ecology and conservation efforts. Meanwhile, Meliá Vinpearl Phu Quoc turns food scraps into soil nutrients for its outdoor plants.

 

Shining A Light On Eco-Initiatives
INNSiDE by Meliá Kuala Lumpur have partnered with a local welfare centre.

 

Meliá Hanoi has recently embarked on several outreach initiatives including organising a fun day and gifts for the kids at Phuc Tue Center, which provides support and education to children with autism and intellectual disabilities; and providing donations to Hanoi’s Care Centre for Children with Disabilities and the Thuan Thanh Wounded Soldier Nursing Center.

 

In Indonesia, INNSiDE by Meliá Yogyakarta processes its eggshell waste into powder fertiliser for plants and vegetables, while Sol by Meliá Benoa Bali and Gran Meliá Jakarta are managing food waste through the Scholars of Sustenance programme, an initiative in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines designed to address food inequity and ensure that disadvantaged communities are getting nutritious meals.

 

Shining A Light On Eco-Initiatives
A growing number of Meliá properties are introducing eco-friendly drinking straws.

 

Over in Myanmar, Meliá Yangon isn’t letting the property’s central location dampen its farming ambitions, as the hotel has its own organic vegetable garden located on the third floor.

 

In Malaysia, INNSiDE by Meliá Kuala Lumpur Cheras and Meliá Kuala Lumpur, partnered up to visit Pusat Kebajikan Amal Jian An, a local welfare centre, where they distributed essential goods and enjoyed games.

 

 

Source: Balcony Media Group.

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