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10/19/2021

Club Wyndham South Pacific Resorts Make Guest Stays More Sustainable

From a digital in-room experience to sustainable bamboo room keys, green practices have been prioritised across the resort portfolio.
Michal Christine Escobar
Senior Editor (Hotels)
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Twenty-three Club Wyndham South Pacific resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji have rolled out a raft of sustainable initiatives while enhancing guest and club member stays. From a digital in-room experience to sustainable bamboo room keys, green practices have been prioritised across the resort portfolio.

Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director, International Operations, Wyndham Destinations is leading the charge to place a sustainable lens across every touchpoint of a Club Wyndham South Pacific resort stay.

"From Port Douglas in Australia to Wanaka in New Zealand, our resorts are located in some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth. We are proud to help preserve the environments in which we operate for future generations through the implementation of sustainable practices," said Mr Robinson.

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has accomplished the following green initiatives across its Club Wyndham, Ramada by Wyndham and Wyndham branded resorts, which it manages in the region:

  • Sustainable bamboo cards are replacing plastic hotel room keys
  • Elimination of the majority of plastic and paper collateral with a digital in-room experience
  • 81% reduction on paper consumption at corporate offices with employees encouraged to go paperless
  • Replacement of plastic biros at resorts and corporate offices with sustainable wheat straw pens
  • Removal of plastic packaging on orders of USBs and biros
  • Bulk amenities in 100% recycled containers will soon replace small single-use amenity bottles for soap, shampoo, conditioner etc. in guest rooms and club apartments
  • Usage of bio cutlery and packaging across food and beverage outlets
  • Implementation of energy-efficient lighting across the resort network
  • Replacement of plastic straws with eco-friendly straws across the resort portfolio
  • Holding of litter 'clean up' events annually across the network
  • Composting at multiple resorts and corporate canteen
  • Establishing vegetable and herb gardens at multiple resorts
  • No balloons used at events or celebrations across resort portfolio
  • e-signature technology for a paperless contracting process
  • Monthly monitoring, recording, and optimising of energy and water
  • Furniture recycling program in place with every resort refurbishment
  • Grey water harvesting and irrigation at Club Wyndham Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania
  • Replacement of petrol buggies with e-carts at Ramada by Wyndham Phillip Island
  • Use of free-range eggs at resorts in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
  • Sustainably sourced suppliers
  • An in-room video will soon educate guests and club members on sustainable travel

With many resorts feeling the impacts of lockdowns and border closures, the company has been making the most of any forced downtime by implementing enhanced customer experiences such as a host of free resort activities. Amplifying its sustainable and eco-friendly practices has been another project the business has undertaken during this time.

"There has never been a greater interest in sustainable travel among our guests and club members, and we are pleased with how we have continuously evolved our resort and club experiences to meet the demand. We will continue to look for ways to challenge outdated thinking and welcome sustainable innovation across our resort collection," said Mr Robinson.

Club Wyndham South Pacific is a vacation ownership brand in the portfolio of Wyndham Destinations, the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company. Club Wyndham South Pacific owners have access to 52 resorts across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Europe. Club Wyndham South Pacific offers a range of accommodation options from studios to self-contained one, two and three-bedroom apartments with large kitchens and open living spaces, right through to four-bedroom presidential suites.

Wyndham Destinations is part of Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE:TNL), the world's leading membership and leisure travel company. The company's Asia Pacific sustainable efforts align with the targets of Travel + Leisure Co. which recently published its 2020-2021 Social Responsibility Report detailing the company's targeted strategy to make a positive impact on the world in four social responsibility focus areas: inclusion and diversity, environmental sustainability, philanthropy, and ethics and human rights.