Outrigger charges up cars on Oahu // (c) 2012 Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
As a show of support for sustainable tourism, Outrigger Enterprises Group recently installed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at ten of its Waikiki and Oahu properties.
The stations are now available at Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, Ohana Waikiki East, Ohana Waikiki West, Ohana Waikiki Malia, Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel, Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk, Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, Ala Moana Hotel and Best Western Plaza Hotel.
At least two EV-charging spaces are available in the parking garages. Each space provides charging equipment that allows drivers to easily connect their EVs to Oahu’s electrical grid and “fill up” or “top off” their batteries with power while parked.
“These new EV charging stations give our visitors and residents an opportunity to drive more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly automobiles,” said David Lee, vice president of property services for Outrigger Enterprise Group. “They are just one of the ways Outrigger supports sustainable practices in the tourism and hospitality industries.”
According to a 2012 study by TripAdvisor, eco-friendliness is an important consideration for travelers and the U.S. hospitality industry. In the travel website’s annual survey of hoteliers and B&B owners and innkeepers, 71 percent said they plan to make more eco-friendly choices. Another study shows that about one out of two travelers now consider “eco-friendly vacation plans” for their travel.
Green-minded visitors heading to Oahu can book an EV through Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the car-share company GreenCar Hawaii, which rents them by the hour or day.