At a time when many travel brands are continuing to explore additional ways to encourage sustainable travel practices, these brands are leading a great example in the San Diego area with this unique partnership. Paradise Point Resort (a Destination Hotel), together with the San Diego International Airport offset flight emissions with launch of sustainable travel program; with 100% of the proceeds going to forest, water and wind farm restorations. Paradise Point is honored by the opportunity to partner with The Good Traveler program and hopes to pave the way for broader conservation efforts among other San Diego hotels.
Paradise Point is the first hotel to participate in The Good Traveler program, encouraging and inspiring sustainable travel by resort guests. Seeking to make conservation approachable and inclusive for all travelers, The Good Traveler provides participants with a collectible sticker that can be proudly displayed. Paradise Point offers guests the option to participate by purchasing carbon offsets when booking a room reservation online. Purchases are available in one-dollar increments to allow guests to offset the amount of carbon emissions generated by their individual mode of transportation and distance traveled.
About Paradise Point Hotel: Paradise Point is an eco-friendly, green hotel nestled on a lush 44-acre private island in San Diego’s Mission Bay. The resort is committed to conservation and environmental preservation, having already implemented a variety of acclaimed efforts in 2015. Notable initiatives include the conversion of 10,000 sprinkler heads to low flow systems and replacement of more than 50,000 sq. feet of grass turf with drought-tolerant plants.
Several of the resort’s established recycling practices have also earned the property multiple “Recycler of the Year” awards from the City of San Diego for outstanding efforts in recycling and sustainable practices. Those initiatives include the use of refillable soap dispensers for guest amenities, LED lighting, water irrigation systems and “Green Seal Certified” cleaning products, and the redirection of landfill waste to recycling and composting programs.
All of Paradise Point’s efforts are part of a larger nation-wide eco initiative by Destination Hotels called Destination Earth. This signature sustainability program has garnered multiple honors and earned the San Diego property an official recognition from the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waterways.
About The Good Traveler Program: The Good Traveler program, piloted by San Diego International Airport, seeks to offset environmental impacts of travel by encouraging guests to purchase carbon offsets in the form of merchandise or add-ons to hotel reservations. For just $1, a traveler can effectively offset 500 miles of air travel or 200 miles of driving. 100 percent of program funds will go directly towards conservation projects counteracting the environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.
Current projects benefiting from The Good Traveler proceeds include a forest restoration project in California, a wind farm project in Idaho and a water restoration project in the Colorado Delta. Following evaluation of the pilot program’s success at the end of this year, San Diego International Airport will consider plans to expand the program to additional cities and airports.