[Infographic] Agoda.com Earth Day Survey Reveals Travelers Care About Environment But Don’t Want to Pay More to Protect it
Agoda.com, one of Asia's leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), today announced the results of their Global Earth Day Hotels Survey, which shows that while most travelers like environmentally friendly hotels, they don't want to pay much more to stay in them.
Travelers from the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK cared the least about eco-friendly hotels*. Only 35% of Danish and Dutch travelers and only 38% of UK travelers said they preferred them. They were among the least likely to want to shell out more cash, too, with 57%, 47% and 47% respectively saying they would not pay anything extra to stay in a green hotel.
The biggest fans of green hotels were travelers from China. An impressive 79% said they were more likely to stay in eco-friendly hotels. When it came to opening their wallets, though, they were a little less enthusiastic. Only 22% said they would pay $10 or more per night to stay in a green hotel.
When asked which environmentally-friendly hotel practices they liked the most, travelers picked use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products and recycling as their favorites, each taking about 37% of the total votes cast (respondents were allowed to select as many as they wanted from a list of eight common practices). The least popular was reusing towels and sheets, which got only 23% of the votes.
Most Important Green Business Practices
- Use of environmentally friendly cleaning products - 37.3%
- Recycling - 36.8%
- Environmentally conscious construction and design - 36.1%
- Waste reduction - 35.7%
- Pollution prevention or reduction - 32%
- Conservation of water - 25.4%
- Conservation of electricity - 24.9%
- Reuse of towels/sheets - 23.1%
- None - 17.2%
*Of countries with 100 or more respondents.