Sudima Hotels & Resorts Wins Environmental Tourism Award

Sudima Hotels & Resorts Wins Environmental Tourism Award

Sudima Hotels & Resorts Wins Environmental Tourism
Award At 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards

Sudima
Hotels & Resorts has been exalted by its industry at this
year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards, claiming the
prestigious Environmental Tourism Award, which is sponsored
by The Department of Conservation. The prize enhances an
already gleaming trophy cabinet for the hotel group, which
won two categories and was a finalist in two others at the
2017 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.

According to the
guidelines for the New Zealand Tourism Awards (which are
supported by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)), the
“natural environment is a vital component of the
Destination New Zealand brand and a key competitive
advantage for New Zealand’s tourism industry. This
category recognises an environmentally sustainable tourism
business that embraces kaitiakitanga [guardianship and
protection for the environment]. They successfully minimise
their environmental impact, conserve natural resources,
respect local cultures and benefit local communities. They
are a financially sustainable and growing business.”

All
of this describes Sudima Hotels & Resorts and the teams
dedication to sustainability and accessibility, which
qualified for the award with a suite of initiatives ranging
from the technological to the highly personal:

• Sudima
Hotels & Resorts is the only fully accessible hotel group in
New Zealand; staff and culture have been aligned with the
national accessibility movement since 2012, when the group
facilitated their partnership with Be.Accessible, the
national social change organisation;

• Sudima Auckland
Airport is New Zealand’s only CarboNZero rated hotel. It
has continued to reduce emissions since its 2014 rating, and
Sudima Christchurch Airport is currently being assessed for
CarboNZero rating;

• Sudima Christchurch Airport was the
first hotel in the city to install electric car charging
stations, and the Auckland Airport hotel also has
stations;

• Since 2013, the group has offered a tertiary
scholarship for young Maori of Ngati Whakaue descent. It
does more for children: every weekday since 2013, Sudima has
served breakfast to hungry schoolkids at Kawaha Point
Primary School in Rotorua, where the group has a hotel.
Sudima also provides breakfast for Rotorua’s homeless
population through Love Soup Rotorua;

• Immediately
after the 2011 earthquake, Sudima Christchurch Airport
became an emergency accommodation provider and housed
approximately 900 people free of charge. It also provided
free accommodation to emergency workers after the Kaikoura
earthquake and the Port Hills Fire;

• Sudima Auckland
Airport is one of only five hotels in Auckland to support
ATEED’s Youth Employment Pledge;

• Everyone in the
group gets involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, hosting
‘wishes’ at hotels and fundraising events such as the
‘I wish I were’ day.

Les Morgan, the Director of
Hotels of Sudima Hotels & Resorts, who was himself a
finalist for the Tourism Champion Award at the 2017 New
Zealand Tourism Awards, says of the Environmental Tourism
Award: “It’s a tremendous honour and a reflection of
everything we do to lead the industry in sustainability. We
take a strategic approach that encompasses management
practices, environmentally sustainable and innovative
buildings, New Zealand’s only CarboNZero-rated hotel, and
agreements with sustainably focused suppliers. People and
values are cornerstones of our brand – our customer
experience stems from them. Trust, respect and fairness run
through the organisation, stemming from our hotel owners,
the Jhunjhnuwala family. In all respects, our organisation
embodies the notion of kaitiakitanga.”

He also says of
Sudima’s environmental and social programmes: “If we
benefit from operating in a local community, then the
community should benefit too. We believe that as tourism
numbers increase, we must reduce our footprint. We believe
that success should be shaped by ethical means. We consider
ourselves guardians of our staff’s wellbeing. At Sudima
Hotels & Resorts, we engage in environmental tourism because
it’s good for our business and good for New Zealand.”

Sudima Hotels & Resorts Chief Executive Sudesh
Jhunjhnuwala singled out another important honoree – Earl
Hagaman, the tourism industry leader who was posthumously
awarded the Sir Jack Newman Outstanding Industry Leader
Award. Mr Jhunjhnuwala says, “The award is designed to
recognise an individual’s outstanding contribution to New
Zealand tourism over many years, and it Mr Hagaman was
undoubtedly a wonderful ambassador for our industry,
representing integrity, care for people and the land, and a
championing of everything New Zealand has to offer visitors
and travellers.”

The winners of the 2017 New Zealand
Tourism Awards were announced at an awards dinner at the Air
Force Museum in Wigram, Christchurch on 7
September.

Queenstown Resort College won the Sudima Hotels
& Resorts sponsored ‘Tourism 2025 Enabler Award’.

ENDS

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