Pinoys willing to pay more for 'green' hotels: survey

Posted at 04/22/2014 5:27 PM | Updated as of 04/22/2014 6:32 PM
Asia Grand View in Coron is an example of an environment-friendly hotel. Photo: Handout

MANILA – Filipino travelers are willing to pay more to stay in an environment-friendly hotel, according to a recent survey.

Agoda.com, which describes itself as Asia’s leading hotel booking website, released the results of its Global Earth Day Hotels Survey on Tuesday.

It showed that 76% of Filipino respondents are more likely to stay in a “green” hotel, with 60% saying they are willing to pay more than $10 per night to do so.

Eight percent said they can spend up to $5 more per night, while 23% said they would rather not pay anything extra.

Agoda.com’s survey was conducted online in March 2014 and covered 57,000 respondents across the globe. Of the number, 58% said they preferred “green” hotels, with 39% of them willing to pay $10 or more to stay in one.

The biggest fans of environment-friendly hotels came from China, according to the survey. Around 79% of Chinese travelers said they are likely to stay in “green” hotels, but only 35% would like to spend extra.

Meanwhile, the survey showed the “green” hotel practices that are most important to travelers. These are use of environment-friendly cleaning products (37.3%), recycling (36.8%), environmentally conscious construction and design (36.1%), waste reduction (35.7%) and pollution prevention or reduction (32%).

Other valued environment-friendly practices include conservation of water (25.4%), conservation of electricity (24.9%) and reuse of towels and sheets (23.1%).