IHG Wins Award
Processing organic waste through worm farms. Donating excess food to a local charity. Buying services and supplies locally. Donating doonas to needy families. Raising funds to improve the health and wellbeing of children.
11 December 2015
These responsible business activities are just a few of the reasons the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) won the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award at last night’s Canberra Region Tourism Awards 2015. This is the first time IHG has entered the awards.
The award recognised the innovative approaches of the National Convention Centre Canberra and Crowne Plaza Canberra (CPC). Both properties are part of IHG, which has been operating in the Canberra market for 26 years. The National Convention Centre Canberra opened in 1989 and is the capital’s only convention centre. CPC opened in 2001 and is the capital’s largest hotel.
'Our properties do not exist in isolation,' says Stephen Wood, Manager, National Convention Centre Canberra. 'We’re part of our community and are active in that community through strong, local partnerships and by doing all that we can to exercise excellence in sustainable tourism.'
For IHG, sustainable tourism is not about performing a few random acts throughout the year to enable superficial ticking of boxes. It’s serious business and ingrained in its culture. 'It’s a strong focus and integral to everything we do,' says Stephen. 'It helps us minimise negative social, economic and environmental impacts. It generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances our community’s wellbeing, builds greater pride and confidence in Canberra as an amazing capital city and enables us to create long-term value for those we serve and work with.'
Highlights of IHG’s sustainable tourism activities:
Soap Aid - donated 90 kilograms of waste soap in one quarter to this charity, which turns it into new bars and donates it to communities where needless deaths occur because of hygiene-related illnesses.
OzHarvest Canberra - the first food donor in the ACT, donating 405 kilograms of food (1,215 meals) for vulnerable men, women and children.
Communities@Work - donated 130 queen-size doonas and covers to needy families in the ACT, as well as 41 kilograms of clothing.
Ronald McDonald House - provided $55,000 in sponsorship for the May 2015 Gala Ball, held to raise funds to improve the health and wellbeing of children.
The awards were held at the National Convention Centre Canberra, which put on a VIP night showcasing its space and services and celebrating local wines and produce in the menu designed by Head Chef Nikhil Jain. The Centre and CPC were also winners in the recent AHA ACT Hospitality Awards. '2015 is extra special as we celebrate the 30th year of the awards in Canberra,' said Garry Watson, National Capital Attractions Association representative and Chair of Judges for the awards. 'Each year Canberra is growing in its role as the national capital and increasingly as a tourist destination. The awards really recognise the importance of tourism to Canberra and the ACT regional economy. We're so proud of all entrants and are thrilled our local winners will now represent Canberra Region at the National Tourism Awards.'
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