Wyndham Asia-Pacific has taken its fight against single-use plastics a step further, banning balloons from all its events.
The ban covers all 34 managed resorts in the Asia-Pacific, as well as the company’s five corporate offices and 19 sales sites.
“We are proud to be among the first Asia-Pacific hospitality companies to announce that we’re banning balloons, which, particularly when released outdoors, can end up in our waterways, oceans and parklands and can cause damage to our environment and land animals,” said Barry Robinson, president of international operations at Wyndham Vacation Clubs.
The ban came following a report from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) which listed balloons as one of the three most dangerous pollutants to marine wildlife. The other two plastics on the list were bottles and plastic bags which hotels and retail stores alike have been cracking down on this year.
“As part of our wider Wyndham Green sustainability programme we are committed to operating responsibly, and we feel this is a positive step forward to reducing our environmental impact,” said Robinson.