Booking.com Shares Travel Sustainable Accommodations in Melissa McCarthy’s Favorite Destinations Across the Globe
Booking.com and Melissa McCarthy, the global travel leader’s latest ambassador and #1 travel fan, are excited to share the award-winning actress’s favorite travel destinations and Booking.com’s recommendations for more sustainable places to stay when visiting. Each property comes equipped with Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable badge – a user-friendly icon that denotes which properties have implemented sustainability practices, from eliminating single-use plastics and installing LED lighting, to supporting local vendors, practicing water conservation methods and more.
Booking.com’s 2023 Sustainable Travel Report revealed that 76% of travelers want to travel more sustainably this year with almost two thirds (66%) saying they want to leave the places they visit better than when they arrived and 75% seeking authentic experiences that are representative of the local culture, showcasing traveler’s intent to support destinations and the community.
“Booking.com prioritizes global issues in a way that makes travel easier for everyone and believes in the positive impact of travel, a sentiment I also believe with my whole heart,” says Melissa McCarthy. “Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable badge shows what properties have implemented sustainable practices, making it easier to make informed decisions about where you’re staying and how your chosen accommodation is making a difference. My favorite travel destinations have given me so many wonderful memories, especially the time spent with family and friends immersing ourselves in the local culture, so I am a huge advocate for ensuring we preserve these special destinations (and all destinations) so that we continue to have a world worth exploring.”
Below, please find Melissa’s favorite travel destinations with property recommendations from Booking.com, all of which feature the Travel Sustainable badge to help contribute to a more sustainable getaway.
The central coast of California is known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, making it a popular tourist destination. Monterey Bay is a prime location for whale watching, with several companies offering sustainable tours that prioritize the safety and well-being of the whales and other marine life. Travelers can enjoy fresh produce in Santa Cruz, which hosts several farmers markets which support the local economy. San Luis Obispo is known for its wineries, many of which are Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified, using sustainable and organic farming methods, and offer tours and tastings where visitors can learn about their eco-friendly practices.
Known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife, Cabo San Lucas attracts millions of visitors each year, especially for its scuba diving, surfing, and whale watching. In recent years, Cabo San Lucas has implemented several eco-friendly initiatives such as using solar panels and wind turbines to generate electricity, and worked to preserve its natural habitats, including the marine ecosystem, by implementing sustainable fishing practices and creating protected areas. Steps away from the beach, travelers can find markets selling vibrant textiles handcrafted by local artisans - a perfect souvenir showcasing cultural traditions.
Known as the "City of Love,” Paris has an undeniable allure with its iconic landmarks, world-famous museums and galleries, and charming cafés. To become a more sustainable city for all, Paris has implemented initiatives which include promoting public transportation and bicycles to reduce its carbon footprint, and increasing pedestrian areas in the city center. Additionally, many restaurants and cafes have embraced the farm-to-table movement, sourcing their ingredients locally and reducing food waste. Those looking to shop sustainably while in the city can check out the famous flea market, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, for recycled furniture and other pre-loved unique finds. Paris is also home to 400 green spaces, including the famous Luxembourg Gardens and Buttes-Chaumont Park, which provide a natural respite from the city's hustle and bustle.
Famous for its white-washed buildings, crystal-clear waters, and beautiful sunsets, Greece offers a mix of ancient history, stunning beaches, and delicious cuisine. Greece has taken steps to make tourism more responsible and protect its natural resources, such as banning cars and motorbikes in Hydra and managing protected areas like national parks and marine reserves. Visitors can explore Greek islands through hiking or cycling tours, and more adventurous travelers can go on a recreational dive to the Alonissos Underwater Museum and explore the wreck of a cargo ship that sank in around 500 BC.
One of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world with millions of visitors each year, New York, New York offers endless possibilities for exploration and entertainment. In recent years, the city has made significant efforts to promote sustainable tourism and reduce its environmental impact. Some of its most notable initiatives include improving public transportation, encouraging bike-sharing, and promoting eco-friendly accommodations. The city also has several green spaces, including Central Park, whose 843 acres serve as an important habitat for wildlife, and the High Line, an elevated park built on a former railway line.
Byron Bay, Australia is a charming and laid-back beach town located on the eastern coast of Australia, a beautiful and peaceful setting for visitors to relax and unwind. Fun activities include surfing, snorkeling, or swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, taking a hike up to the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse for breathtaking panoramic views or exploring the nearby rainforests and national parks. With its warm weather, beautiful scenery, and unique culture, Byron Bay is worth a visit for anyone looking for an unforgettable Australian experience.
Bonus destination below! While the above destinations are Melissa McCarthy’s favorite travel destinations, Japan is on her travel bucket list!
Japan is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations, with its advanced technology, incredible nature from snow capped mountains to spring cherry blossoms, and temples reflecting centuries of history. A global leader in clean energy, especially solar energy, the country is famous for its high-speed trains, which provide energy-efficient transportation for tourists and locals alike. Visitors can discover Japan’s beautiful landscape while preserving the environment through low-impact activities such as kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling. While the large cities of Tokyo and Osaka are popular spots, travelers can help combat over-tourism and maintain customs practiced for hundreds of years by visiting satoyama, or the countryside where sustainable living is valued.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 33,228 respondents across 35 countries and territories (1,019 from USA, 1,002 from Canada, 1,007 from Mexico, 1,005 from Colombia, 1,008 from Brazil, 1,015 from Argentina, 1,008 from Australia, 504 from New Zealand, 1,008 from Spain, 1,002 from Italy, 1,008 from France, 502 from Switzerland, 1,008 from the UK, 1,000 from Ireland, 1,008 from Germany, 1,006 from the Netherlands, 1,006 from Belgium, 1,004 from Denmark, 1,007 from Sweden, 1,016 from Croatia, 1,012 from Israel, 504 from UAE, 1,012 from India, 1,001 from China, 1,000 from Hong Kong, 1,000 from Thailand, 1,020 from Singapore, 1,001 from Taiwan, 1,000 from Vietnam, 1,002 from Indonesia, 1,007 from Philippines, 1,002 from South Korea, 1,009 from Japan, 1,005 from South Africa and 510 from Kenya). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and must be planning to travel in 2023, and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in February 2023.