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Crowne Plaza Counts Down to Two New Australian Openings With a First Look Into Sustainability Initiatives

Crowne Plaza will make its remarkable return to Sydney Darling Harbour and Adelaide this year, following the opening of Crowne Plaza Hobart on 1 July – marking IHG’s first hotel in Tasmania. The three new-build hotels are paving the way for the brand’s transformation locally, welcoming guests to its new modern design philosophy, exceptional dining and sensational sleep experience. As part of the brand’s transformation, sustainable initiatives are at the forefront of the guest journey with multiple initiatives announced as part of the launches to support local communities, reduce carbon footprint, reduce energy and limit paper waste.

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will open 1 October and is available to book now ahead of the October long weekend. Crowne Plaza Adelaide will open in November with bookings available now.

The Crowne Plaza transformation is inspired by the continued guest demand for flexible spaces and changing attitudes and behaviours of the modern traveller. As the countdown to the new openings begins, Crowne Plaza unveils a first look into the sustainability innovations and new technology the hotels are implementing across the guest journey to ensure each stay is a sustainable stay.

Sustainable dining practices

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will be introducing MyCheck technology throughout its restaurant and bars for a digital dining experience where guests are able to interact with digital menus, ordering and payment through their own device – ensuring zero paper waste or disposable menus, as well as enhanced safety with contactless ordering.

Sustainable dining is elevated with Crowne Plaza Hobart under the helm of esteemed local Executive Chef, John Churchill. Chef John instills a powerful farm-to-table philosophy with his two restaurants, core restaurant and bar and THE DECK, focusing on small batch suppliers and low waste processes.

Across the three new hotels, ORCA food waste technology will feature in the kitchens to further reduce, dispose and reuse food waste from each restaurant and bar, as well as its conferencing facilities. Plastic straws and disposable plastic water bottles are also a thing of the past in all IHG hotels.

IHG’s ‘Awesome Partnership’ with OzHarvest will also extend into the new hotels, with Crowne Plaza Adelaide and Sydney Darling Harbour signed up as participating hotels to rescue perishable excess food which is delivered to communities in need. From September to February 2020, the food rescue program saw approximately 1,500kgs rescued from various IHG hotels and resorts across the country, equating to almost 5,000 meals and about 350kg of food per month rescued.
Beauty meets sustainability with Antipodes

Guests will indulge in the Antipodes’ Premium Hotel Amenity Range in guest bathrooms across selected Crowne Plaza hotels in Australia and New Zealand. The eco-minded skincare uses pure New Zealand ingredients including raw super-fruit extracts, combined with science and innovation to produce high-tech certified organic and premium formulations. The green beauty formula strengthens IHG’s world-first environmental pledge to migrate the global estate of over 5,900 hotels and 883,000 guest rooms to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021.

The right start: paperless check in & bamboo room cards

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour and Crowne Plaza Adelaide will introduce paperless check-in and check-out for guests to eliminate paper waste when the hotels opens in October and November. The sustainable practice is an innovation already rolled out across selected hotels across the region, including Crowne Plaza Auckland that pioneered paperless check-in in New Zealand in May 2019. The new system was projected to significantly reduce paper usage with an expected 500,000 sheets of A4 paper saved annually.

The introduction of bamboo key cards will also feature as part of the check-in process across the Crowne Plaza hotels in Hobart, Adelaide and Darling Harbour. Bamboo key cards are an effective plastic reduction innovation, replacing disposable plastic key cards used for guest rooms and Club lounges.

IHG A Greener Stay 

IHG’s global ‘A Greener Stay’ initiative has been a big win for the environment. Guests are incentivised to opt out of housekeeping in return for IHG Rewards Club points for each night they stay. In 2019 in Australasia, 26,958 room nights have activated the offer, saving as many as 100,000 toiletries, not to mention savings in energy and water from laundry. The new hotels will join the program, offering guests the choice to go green.

To celebrate the hotels’ impending opening, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is offering a special opening offer with 50% off until 31 October 2020 – prices start from $125.00 per night and can be booked here. Crowne Plaza Adelaide’s opening offer extends 25% off the nightly rate – prices start from $172.00 per night and can be booked here. Crowne Plaza Hobart is also extending its opening offer until 31 October with 25% off including breakfast – prices start from $182.00 and can be booked here.

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