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Voco goes loco for bamboo bikes at its Australian and NZ hotels

Voco Hotels is wheeling out its latest sustainability initiative with a fleet of handcrafted bamboo bicycles available free for guest use at its five Australian and New Zealand locations in a new partnership with Wyld Bikes.

Voco Hotels is wheeling out its latest sustainability initiative with a fleet of handcrafted bamboo bicycles available free for guest use at its five Australian and New Zealand locations in a new partnership with Wyld Bikes.

The wheely good initiative taps into voco’s ‘Tread Lightly’ philosophy with the IHG hotel brand’s commitment to supporting local communities and ecosystems by reducing environmental impacts.

The bamboo bikes are accompanied by a Tread Lightly travel guide with tips for eco-conscious travellers created by science communicator, environmentalist and model Laura Wells and are designed to meet guests’ needs with sustainable travel options.

Handcrafted in Ghana and assembled in Australia – voco Hotels’ new Wyld Bikes.

Following the cycle of sustainability, Wyld Bikes are handmade by local communities through the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative and assembled in Australia by young Aussies as part of project-based mentorship programs.

IHG Australasia, Pacific & Japan Vice President of Commercial Dean Jones said: “We are hugely proud to be partnering with Wyld Bikes, who share our mission to create a positive impact in working toward a more sustainable future.”

“As we grow our Pacific footprint with these new voco Hotel openings, there’s no better time to add new, eco-conscious initiatives that meet our guests’ needs.” 

On your bike – sustainability in action at voco Melbourne Central.

A recent IHG survey showed 86 per cent of Aussie adults were committed to taking their everyday sustainable habits with them when they travel – compared to 82 per cent of global adults. 

“Increasingly people are leaning into this movement towards supporting responsible, ethical and sustainable businesses that influence positive change”, said Natalie Simmons, co-founder and COO at Barefoot Citizens, the group behind Wyld Bikes.

“Our range of bamboo bicycles now available at voco Hotels will offer Aussie travellers new ways to commute on holidays that honour their values and are easy on the environment, too.” 

The upscale hotel brand is part of IHG Hotels & Resorts with voco Hotels recently opening in Melbourne Central and Auckland City Centre with Brisbane City Centre set to welcome guests in June 2022.

To find out more, head to vocohotels.com/newrefreshingtwist