ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

14 Company resorts on TripAdvisor's green rankings

TripAdvisor has included more than a dozen MGM Resorts hotels in a green ranking program intended to help environmentally conscious guests book sustainable stays.


Two resorts, ARIA and Vdara, achieved Platinum status, the highest possible ranking in TripAdvisor's "GreenLeaders" program. They were the only Las Vegas hotels to achieve Platinum status and they join fewer than 100 hotels worldwide to earn it.


"The new TripAdvisor ranking system is a powerful tool for consumers to refer to when they are selecting a hotel," said Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega. "We know very well that our guests vote with their feet, and, increasingly, guests are placing environmental responsibility high on their priority lists when making important travel decisions."


Gold designations went to MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Mirage, New York-New York, The Signature at MGM Grand, Bellagio, Monte Carlo and Mandalay Bay. Beau Rivage, Gold Strike Tunica, Excalibur and Luxor received Silver designations. Circus Circus Las Vegas earned Bronze.


The rankings are based on a variety of sustainability aspects, including linen re-use programs, recycling, car charging stations, the use of green building materials and more. TripAdvisor developed the program in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme.


Recent statistics revealed by TripAdvisor surveys show that 79 percent of travelers place importance on destinations that implement eco-friendly practices, and 86 percent of hoteliers in the United States state that they have green practices in place. Only two other Las Vegas resorts – just one of them a Strip hotel – appear on TripAdvisor's first GreenLeaders rankings. The list can be updated annually as resorts submit or resubmit data in the GreenLeaders survey.


"MGM Resorts has an impressive number of properties that are dedicated to educating their guests … about the sustainability aspects of Las Vegas," said Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel for TripAdvisor. "It is clear that MGM Resorts is truly committed to reducing their resorts' environmental impacts and increasing the transparency of its ‘green' programs with guests."