Radisson flags sustainability agenda across resorts in Asia

Radisson Blu resorts in Bali, the Maldives and Vietnam have unveiled sustainability programmes and activities, which guests can choose to participate in.
Radisson Blu resorts in Bali, the Maldives and Vietnam have unveiled sustainability programmes and activities, which guests can choose to participate in.

Radisson Hotel Group has pushed through a sustainability agenda for its beachfront resorts in Asia.

The group unleashed a series of environmentally and socially responsible initiatives for its new Radisson Blu island destinations such as Bali, the Maldives and two emerging Vietnamese beach resorts in Phu Quoc and Cam Ranh.

The various activities will focus on tackling environmental issues such as plastic pollution, with solutions such as producing reusable materials, which guests can choose to participate in during their stay.

At Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu, guests can expect measures such as the use of straws made from corn-starch, as well as bags, slippers and bathroom amenities made from natural materials. Plastic bottles have also been replaced by glass versions, while its restaurants use recycled glassware.

Local food sourcing is a key focus for Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc. The property has partnered with local farms that produce organic honey, peppercorns and other ingredients to supply its restaurants and bars.

Guests can also see how bamboo straws used at the property are produced onsite at a bamboo farm, the first for an international hotel in Vietnam.

Upcoming Radisson resorts will also be incorporating the new initiatives.

Expected to open in Q1 2020, Radisson Blu Resort Maldives plans to minimise the use of plastic products by using bamboo or metal straws, reusable cloth laundry bags and glass bottles throughout the resort. A glass crushing machine will also be installed, which allows glass waste to be pulverised in-house, packed and shipped for recycling.

Over at the upcoming Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh, sustainable business solutions will be the main feature. The resort will operate a bottling facility for both still and sparkling water, as well as incorporate the use of reusable plastics from cups to straws and bottles. There will also be a food waste reduction programme in place.

Its other resorts have also adopted the use of electric vehicles from scooters to small trucks, with resort teams undertaking beach cleaning and community activities. In Vietnam, a community soap recycling program is already in operation.

Energy saving solutions including LED lights and motion sensors can be found in all new Radisson Blu resorts.

"Tourism continues to soar in many Asian destinations, but this prosperity puts pressure on the environment, especially in pristine coastal regions," said Andre de Jong, vice president, operations, South East Asia and Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

"Therefore, it is essential that major tourism and hospitality operators take proactive measures to preserve the local ecosystem. At Radisson Hotel Group, we strive to work with local people and businesses to ensure that our operations are responsible, sustainable and create lasting benefits for the communities in which we operate," he added.

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