Hilton boosts eco-friendly travel at properties in Asia Pacific

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Singaporehilton (NYSE: HLT) encourages conscious travel at its Asia-Pacific properties by making sustainable practices more accessible to guests as travelers now seek more meaningful experiences. Honoring this year’s Earth Day theme, “Investing in our planet”Hilton released its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reportwhich underscores its renewed commitment to take concrete action to reduce the environmental and social impact of its hotels and operations worldwide in pursuit of a better world for travel.

Across its global network, Hilton continues to significantly close the gap towards achieving the key sustainability goals of its Travel with reason 2030 Goals. In 2021, Hilton recorded:

  • 70% reduction in landfill waste per square meter from 2008 (2030 target: 50%)
  • 49% CO reduction2 emissions intensity per square meter compared to 2008 (2030 target: 61%)
  • 39% reduction in water consumption per square meter from 2008 (2030 target: 50%)
  • Over $1 billion in cumulative energy cost savings since 2009, tracked via LightStay.

In Asia-Pacific, Hilton focuses on driving responsible and sustainable tourism through a wide range of initiatives aimed at making a positive environmental and social impact – from advancing restoration efforts to reinventing business events as business travel makes a comeback.

Driving holistic water management

Leading river cleanup organization Sungai watch aims to protect the Indonesian island’s waterways by developing and testing litter barriers that prevent plastics from entering the ocean. As guardians of Bali’s waterways, the group also documents data on litter found in rivers, to further the conversation with businesses about how to use more environmentally friendly materials.

To support its efforts to lead environmental restoration and provide communities with access to clean water, Hilton has named Sungai Watch as one of its 2021 Hilton Effect Foundation Laureates. The grant will allow the organization to install more litter barriers to reduce the impact of plastics on the community.

Team members at Conrad Bali and Hilton Bali Resort also contributed by participating in an island-wide cleanup initiative with Sungai Watch, which cleaned up more than 30 tons of plastic waste.

Hilton Ningbo Dongqian Lake in China is at the forefront of rainwater harvesting and recycling. Its rainwater harvesting system collects rainwater from the premises of the property, which passes through ultraviolet disinfection and automatic replenishment systems to improve water quality. The hotel uses treated rainwater for a variety of non-potable purposes, such as cleaning roads and watering plants.

The system recycles approximately 1,400 tonnes of rainwater each yearwhich is equivalent to the amount of water consumed by a family of three for one year.

Sustainable catering and green kitchens

Hilton continues to make progress in its responsible sourcing approach with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd. and UMITO Partners Inc. purchase more sustainable seafood products for its hotels in Japan and Korea. Sourcing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Chain of Custody certified seafood products in these markets has exceeded 25% in December 2021— a marked improvement compared to less than 1% in 2018.

Amid supply chain disruptions, Conrad Seoul and Hilton Tokyo Bay made progress in sustainability, reaching MSC and ASC Chain of Custody certificationsa first for any hotel in South Korea and a first for any Hilton hotel in Japan, respectively. Diners looking for fresh, organic and locally sourced food at these hotels can now opt for food items marked with the MSC and ASC eco-labels, from a specially curated sustainable seafood menu or buffet.

In Southeast Asia, leading the farm-to-table experience is Conrad Koh Samuiit is Iris Farm. Built at the start of the pandemic, Iris Farm provides a wealth of organic herbs and vegetables for the hotel’s bars and restaurants. The farm produces 1300 kg of food and process 2,400 kg of compostable waste per monthrecycling organic resources while preserving landfill space.

Guests can expect to experience environmentally friendly farming techniques, in addition to other interesting and engaging activities at Conrad Koh Samui’s Iris Farm.

Meanwhile, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai intensifies circular food production and keeps food waste at bay. Using smart kitchen waste processing equipment, the hotel turns kitchen waste into carbon dioxide, water and organic fertilizer. The by-products are used for the greening of the hotel, the hotel’s organic ecological garden, as well as the greening of neighboring communities. The hotel has recycled 390 tonnes of kitchen waste and produces approximately 20 tons of organic fertilizer since the installation of the equipment last year.

Reducing the environmental footprint by redefining events

With the return of business travel and in-person events, nearly 300 Hilton hotels in Asia-Pacificincluding Conrad Shanghai, Conrad Bangalore, Hilton Tokyo, Hilton Sydneyand the largest Hilton hotel in Asia-Pacific, Hilton Singapore Orcharddeployed the Plan ahead offer to help companies and event organizers to further reduce their environmental impact when organizing events.

Plan It Forward gives event planners the ability to organize a Carbon neutral meeting or earn double Hilton Honors Event Planner Points at any of its participating hotelswhen reservations are made before June 30, 2022 and held before December 31, 2022.

For event planners who opt for a carbon-neutral meeting, Hilton will offset their event’s carbon emissions as identified by its Meeting Impact Calculator report on its award-winning program. LightStay platform and invest in a portfolio of high-quality carbon reduction projects with a global partner South Pole.

Alternatively, event planners can earn double Hilton Honors Event Planner points per US dollar spent on rooms, meeting rooms, etc., for qualifying events at participating hotels. Hilton Honors Points can be donated to charity through PointWorthyor redeemed for future events or hotel stays, among other benefits.

For its various environmental and social initiatives, Hilton was named world leader in sustainable development on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the fifth consecutive yearand was the only hotel company to win Gold Class Distinction in S&P Global Sustainability Directory.

About Travel with Purpose

Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our investment in social impact and halve our environmental footprint. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of more than 6,700 Hilton hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance management system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth, respect human rights, invest in local people and communities, and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about Traveling with Purpose at cr.hilton.com.

About the Hilton Effect Foundation

The Hilton Effect Foundation is Hilton’s primary international philanthropic arm. The Foundation is a US-based non-profit organization and is a registered 501(c)3 charity. The Foundation makes grants, in line with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 goals, that positively impact travel destinations around the world. Foundation grants are awarded throughout the year in accordance with tax and legal requirements. Learn more about the Hilton Effect Foundation at HiltonEffect.org.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a global hospitality leader with a wallet of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,800 properties and more than 1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision of filling the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a prominent place on the 2021 World’s Best Workplaces list and has been recognized as a Global Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for five consecutive years. In 2021, in addition to opening more than one hotel per day, Hilton introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including digital key sharing, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book connecting rooms confirmed. Through the award-winning Hilton Honors loyalty program, the more than 128 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn points for hotel stays and experiences that money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, customers can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a digital key and pay for their purchases, all from their smartphone. To visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and contact Hilton at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, instagram and Youtube.

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