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MasterCard Partners COMO Hotels to Make a Difference

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Guests of COMO Hotels and Resorts will soon have a chance to make a difference to the community they are vacationing in.

As part of a MasterCard Purchase with Purpose initiative, MasterCard will donate US$30 for every transaction made with a MasterCard card from 1 October 2010 to 31 December 2010, to a beneficiary organization tied to each selected COMO property in Bali, Bhutan, Thailand and the Maldives. Participating properties are COMO Shambhala Estate, Uma Ubud, Uma Paro, the Metropolitan Bangkok and Cocoa Island.

Funds collected from this Purchase with Purpose program will support educational and wellbeing initiatives in the local communities, including equipping classrooms and libraries, providing everyday essentials, and improving nutrition and sanitation.

Cardholders staying at Uma Ubud in Bali will be supporting the Sari Hati Foundation, a voluntary educational centre for mentally disabled youths. The MasterCard contribution will provide nutritional lunches and materials for arts classes, as well as contribute towards a teacher’s salary.

Guests at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali can help to improve seating and enhance the library collection at the Tirta Kumara kindergarten if they settle their bills with a MasterCard, while the libraries of Maafushi and Guraidhoo schools stand to benefit from new reference material, such as dictionaries, atlases and encyclopedia.

The MasterCard donation via the Metropolitan Bangkok will be used to improve sanitation and cooking facilities in the Wat Bangploeng School in Ayutthaya Province, while the contribution in Bhutan will provide “essentials packages” of soap and dental care to the women of Kela Goemba near Uma Paro in Bhutan.

Kuno Fasel, Director of COMO Hotels and Resorts, said, “This Purchase with Purpose initiative encapsulates COMO’s partnership approach, not only with local community organizations but also with Mastercard and our guests. Each party is a unique player in the ecosystem for sustainable businesses: COMO provides a unique experience, Mastercard the transactional platform and each community organization the ability to put mission into practice. The guest enjoys a memorable stay with COMO, but leaves an indelible impact on the community through his or her simple action of choosing to use a MasterCard.”

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