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Wellington Hotel Wins For Going Green

6 Jun 2014

The James Cook Hotel's dedication to staying ‘green’ is saving it money and helping save the planet. It's also now won the CBD hotel the New Zealand hotel sector’s highest environmental accolade.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor exterior night
James Cook Hotel's dedication to staying 'green' is paying off.

Media Release 6 June 2014

Hotel’s ‘go green’ dedication wins top award

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has won the Greenfield Hotel Industry Environmental Initiative Award 2014. It was announced at the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference dinner at the Pullman Auckland last night (Thursday, 5 June).

The hotel’s ‘Green Team’ is responsible for a raft of conservation initiatives, including using 40 litres of food waste per week as chook feed, recycling kitchen fat into soaps, a ‘switch off’ policy for staff and putting sustainable fish on the menu.

“This was an outstanding entry,” says awards judge and TIA Sector Manager Hotels, Sally Attfield. “Sustainability practices are widespread through the hotel and staff are also actively involved in community initiatives, including participating in charity fundraising events and donating left-over toiletries to Wellington’s City Mission.”

Awards judge Stephen Hamilton, Director of Horwath HTL, says the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has achieved significant conservation results and financial savings as a result of its green initiatives.“For example, it is saving approximately 46,500 litres of water annually with its ‘Go Green’ initiative for guests who stay more than one night and a significant reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

About the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference and Awards 2014

The 8th annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference took place at the Pullman Auckland on 5 June 2014. With over 25 international and local speakers and panellists, the event covered the major issues influencing the New Zealand hotel industry.

It was also a valuable opportunity for networking and professional development for the more than 200 delegates, including hotel managements, owners, developers, bankers, lawyers, real estate firms and other industry stakeholders.

Co-hosts Horwath HTL and Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) acknowledge the commitment of Platinum Sponsor Accor to this key hotel industry event.

TIA Hotel Sector

TIA’s hotel sector represents the interests of over 130 members throughout New Zealand, including international chain, large independent and privately owned hotels. TIA hotel sector members employ 11,000 staff nationally, with annual revenues of more than $866 million.

For further information, please contact:

Ann-Marie Johnson
Communications Manager
Tourism Industry Association (TIA)
DDI: 04 496 5001
Mobile: 027 600 4565
Email: ann-marie.johnson@tianz.org.nz

Key Facts

• Tourism is one of New Zealand’s biggest export industries, earning $9.8 billion or 16.1% of New Zealand’s foreign exchange earnings (year ended March 2013)

• Tourism directly and indirectly contributes almost 9% of gross domestic product (GDP) for New Zealand

• Tourism directly and indirectly generates 8.8% of total employment in New Zealand or  172,100 full-time equivalent jobs

• Tourism in New Zealand is a $65.5 million per day industry. Tourism delivers $26.8 million in foreign exchange to the New Zealand economy each day of the year. Domestic tourism contributes another $38.9 million in economic activity every day

• Total tourism expenditure reached $23.9 billion for the year ended March 2013

Visit www.tianz.org.nz for more information.

 

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