Earth Day is coming up this week on April 22. The annual event demonstrates support for environmental protection and focuses on promoting clean living for people and wildlife. Every year, more and more travel and hospitality companies evaluate how they can reduce their carbon footprint and do their part in promoting sustainability. Here are some ways the travel and hospitality industry is celebrating Earth Day this year:
- JetBlue is giving away 20-plus flights with carbon offsets — including a grand prize of a pair of roundtrip tickets in Mint, the carrier’s award-winning business class. This is part of the JetBlue for Good program, which encourages community-based sustainability initiatives year-round.
- American Airlines partnered with the National Park Foundation to encourage exploration of some of the country’s natural wonders, historic sites, and cultural treasures. This partnership will also help connect American Airline customers with opportunities to support the future of America’s national parks. Customers have the option to donate AAdvantage miles to the National Park Foundation through the airline’s new Miles for Our Planet initiative.
- Hilton has committed to double its investment in social impact and cut its environmental impact in half by 2030. One of the company’s newer properties, Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands, was completely built with sustainability at its core. The hotel’s roof is covered in grass, there are more efficient heating systems, and the entire building is powered by renewable energy from a local power plant.
- The Fairmont Mayakoba resort will honor Earth Day by partnering with Oceanus A.C., a local organization dedicated to the conservation of coral reefs. Any guest who makes a reservation the week of April 22-30, 2021 will have the option to add a $20 donation to their reservation. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the donations will go directly to Oceanus A.C., and in honor of their donation, guests will receive specific coordinates of coral planted in their name.
What are you and your organizations doing to celebrate Earth Day this year? Let us know!