In honour of World Water Day 2022, Hilton’s hotels and resorts throughout Southeast Asia have stepped up their efforts to support the company’s unwavering commitment to reducing water consumption and improving people’s access to safe drinking water in their communities through a variety of activities. Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals are central to this approach, with the firm remaining completely committed to halving its environmental footprint and tripling its social impact investment by 2030.
“The United Nations (UN) states that the human right to safe water is the foundation for achieving many other internationally recognized human rights and over 2.2 billion people live without access to safe water daily, with around 110 million living in South East Asia. As one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, Hilton has a responsibility to do our part and we are absolutely committed to delivering purposeful guest experiences to all who pass through our doors. Through concerted efforts by our Team Members in South East Asia, travellers will enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that their stay at Hilton’s hotels and resorts helps to make that destination a better place to live, work and experience,” said Alexandra Murray, vice president, head of South East Asia, Hilton.
Reduce Water Consumption
Hilton’s holistic water stewardship comprises the application of sustainable practices in various programmes across its network of hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia, ensuring the quality and availability of water used throughout its value chain and global operations.
Conrad Koh Samui’s team went to local schools and temples to offer assistance in repairing broken water pipes that can lead to water waste, while Hilton Pattaya installed a separate water piping system across 15 floors to collect leftover bottled water from guest rooms and use it to irrigate the hotel’s gardens. In the first week of operation, the water pipes returned 750 litres of water to the hotel’s rooftop garden. DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, and Hilton Garden Inn Puchong collected rainwater harvesting to be utilised for both cooling tower and landscape irrigation when rainwater collection for hotels became economical.
Conrad Centennial Singapore, in collaboration with Little Ripples, went above and beyond to donate one year of clean water to one person in a developing community for every bottle of wine sold.
Hilton Manila and Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort in the Philippines are cooperating with Waves For Water to establish a Team Member awareness campaign, giving clean water to benefit communities in need, from March 22 to April 22, 2022. In addition, in many of the nations, an education session with prominent NGOs has been launched to offer hotels information about their local circumstances with access to clean water and sanitation, as well as to establish future support.
Continue Hilton’s Strong Soap Recycling Partnerships
In supporting the group’s global commitment towards redefining sustainable travel and tourism, Hilton’s hotels and resorts in South East Asia are working with soap recycling partners to aid communities and reduce wastage entering landfills through its renowned soap recycling programme – the largest in the hospitality industry. The partnership was initiated to amplify the ongoing commitment and raise awareness of World Water Day, improving education and community aid to sustain goals in the long term.
Embodying a spirit of service, dedicated Team Members of Hilton’s hotels and resorts across South East Asia have volunteered to bolster the group’s soap recycling efforts across hotels and resorts, working together to recycle used bar soaps that are sanitized and repurposed as new soap bars for distribution to those who lack access to basic sanitation.
Hilton’s eco-conscious initiatives and guest experiences across South East Asia mirror the group’s global effort towards the promotion of responsible tourism. By delivering on its Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, Hilton was recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the most prestigious ranking of its kind, for the fifth consecutive year.