Meliá Hotels International Goes Above and Beyond Earth Day

As Meliá Hotels International expands its presence across Asia, the largest hotel group in Spain is rolling out numerous sustainability initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint - and being awarded for its efforts. 

Recently, Meliá was named the second most sustainable hotel company worldwide in S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), the most robust sustainability assessment that ranks over 10,000 companies across all industries. In 2019 and 2020, the growing hotel ranked first in the global hotel industry, and in 2021 retained its leadership in Europe and Spain.

"As we continue to expand our presence globally, we are committed to working towards a new sustainable and responsible hospitality model, increasing the industry's contribution to society and helping protect the planet," said Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Meliá. "Our company is now seen as a benchmark for sustainability worldwide."

Meliá's properties have adopted fundamental sustainability principles throughout Asia, including minimising or eliminating single-use plastics and enforcing energy and water conservation measures. 

Individual Meliá properties have also debuted and continue to debut their own environmental programs, from building a more circular hotel economy to helping the environment via collaborative projects. 

Dishes served in Meliá Chiang Mai's dining outlets include produce from the hotel’s organic farm.

The recently opened urban hotel Meliá Chiang Mai in Thailand launched a '360° Cuisine' concept, advocating for environmentally sustainable and healthy diets. Under this program, dishes served in the hotel's dining outlets incorporate produce from the hotel's organic farm, using every possible part of each ingredient before leftovers are composted. Working alongside local farmers, the hotel seeks to improve sustainability and promote ethical production. Meliá Chiang Mai has also partnered with ORI9IN The Gourmet Farm, a nearby organic farm, to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for its restaurants, bars and spa.

Meliá Chiang Mai has partnered with ORI9IN The Gourmet Farm, a nearby organic farm, to grow fruits, vegetables.

Similarly, Meliá Ba Vi Mountain Retreat in Vietnam grows its own produce in the property's Balansa organic garden, which is used in the restaurant, spa, and staff canteen. Leftovers are also returned to the earth with the property composting approximately 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of organic and biodegradable waste daily. 

Meliá Ba Vi Mountain Retreat is nestled deep in nature in the Ba Vi Mountain range with a stunning panoramic view of the Northern Delta.

Beachfront Meliá Koh Samui in Thailand has also shifted its focus towards sustainable agriculture. With the new addition of a four-acre organic garden, the property aims to supply the kitchen with an abundance of fresh produce and provide a site for learning and connection. A long term goal of Meliá Koh Samui is to educate people on the importance of sustainable land cultivation through hands-on farm experiences and cooking classes.

Meanwhile, along Vietnam's Southern Coast, Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort has started a Spice Garden in response to a vegetable shortage during the lockdown. Like Meliá Koh Samui, the resort plans to debut an array of free gardening activities for its guests, including painting pots, leaf crafts, and concocting herb-infused essential oils.

Throughout Southeast Asia, Eight Meliá properties have partnered with hygiene and cleaning solutions company Diversey on the "Soap for Hope" project, which aims to improve hygiene practices in disadvantaged communities and minimise soap waste created by hotels. Through the program, locals are taught how to recycle used soap from hotels into reconstituted bars via a cold-press method, which requires no electricity or water in less than ten minutes. The freshly made soap is then distributed to communities needing soap or sanitation. 

Meliá has also taken steps to spread its sustainability efforts further. In February, the leading hotel group was named a "Supplier Engagement Leader" by CDP, an international non-profit organisation specialising in disclosing the environmental impact of companies and cities. In CDP's annual Climate Change survey, the hotel group achieved the highest rating in the Supplier Engagement Rate (SER) category. 

On top of reducing the direct emissions of its properties, Meliá works with suppliers to minimise emissions within the supply chain with its mandatory Supplier Code of Ethics that guarantees the alignment of suppliers with the group's sustainability commitments.

"It may be Earth Day this month, but we believe every day should be Earth Day," said Ignacio Martin, Managing Director Southeast Asia at Meliá Hotels International. "Prioritising sustainability is something that we have been weaving deeper into the fabric of our company, regardless of what day it is."