Marriott International has launched Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, a pilot programme that encourages guests to “forge connections with local communities for meaningful travel across Asia Pacific whether at home or abroad”.
Since the advent of the pandemic, travellers are increasingly looking to make a positive impact on the environment; and this programme by Marriott aims to “create opportunities for guests to forge first-hand connections with local communities and the environment during their stay, promoting both cultural understanding and positive change”.
Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy kicks off today as a pilot at 15 Marriott International hotels across Asia Pacific. Three distinct pillars drive the programme — Environmental Protection (focussing on environmental degradation, pollution and climate change), Community Engagement (aiming to create a positive impact in communities through cultural education or volunteerism) and Marine Conservation (aiming to restore and preserve marine ecosystems and species).
Experiences such as mangrove conservation in Fiji, coral transplanting and restoration in Okinawa and Maldives, beach cleanups in Sanya and Busan and food redistribution in Bali would be featured in the programme.
“One of the growing trends we’re observing is how conscious guests are of their personal impact on the destinations they visit. The launch of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy aspires to shift the way vacations are perceived – from pure leisure to value-adding opportunities to learn more about the natural environment and forge new connections with the local community,” said Bart Buiring, chief sales and marketing officer of Marriott International Asia Pacific.
List of 15 pilot hotels for Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing
- JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong
- W Guangzhou
- The Sanya EDITION
- Sheraton Grand Zhengzhou Hotel
- Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel
- JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
- W Bali – Seminyak
- Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
- The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
- Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
- JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
- Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
- The Westin Denarau Island Resort Fiji
- Fairfield by Marriott Busan Songdo Beach