Marriott’s fresh water conservation programme in
China - Nobility of Nature - has expanded to Hong Kong for the
All Marriott International properties in Hong
Kong will now serve organic honey harvested in Sichuan for
consumption and retail sale, including JW Marriott Hotel Hong
Kong, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel,
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Courtyard Hong Kong and
Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel.
Announced in 2010, Nobility of Nature is a
collaboration between Marriott International and Conservation
International to support fresh water conservation and assist rural
communities with sustainable businesses that put less stress on
China’s environment, most especially its sources of fresh water.
Marriott invested US$500,000 in seed money to
support the programme and helped provide grants, training,
resources and community development for villages in Sichuan
Today, Nobility of Nature supports two
organic bee-farming cooperatives in Guanba village and Yingjing
county in Sichuan. As a result of the improved honey production
and techniques, as well as the marketing efforts of Marriott
International and its partner Cheng Bao Juice Company, the
cooperatives have been able to triple their revenue.
International has also purchased some 5.7 tons of honey for retail
sale across its entire hotel network in China, and now Hong Kong,
with proceeds used to provide further support to the cooperatives
and local communities.
strives to demonstrate how responsible hospitality management can
be a positive force for the environment, creating economic
opportunities and inspiring personal action in the communities
where we operate,” said Craig Smith, Marriott International’s
Chief Operating Officer, Asia. “Nobility of Nature is a great
showcase of this vision, but more importantly, it also enables our
guests to support sustainability. We are delighted to bring the
Nobility of Nature honey to Hong Kong for the first time, marking
the continued development and success of this meaningful
initiative across Greater China.”
Mr. Smith noted
that Marriott International has also been actively incorporating
environmentally-responsible business solutions into its Greater
China operations to conserve natural resources.
the period June 2011 to June 2012, the water and energy
consumption of Marriott hotels in Greater China reduced by - .84%
and -1.67% respectively compared with the previous period. Despite
Marriott International increasing its portfolio to 130 hotels in
these three years, total energy consumption remained constant.
“Considering the fact that the number of our hotels in
China has been increasing significantly during the past couple of years, these results are exceptional,” Mr. Smith said.
Marriott International has 60 operating hotels in China with 61
signed hotels in the pipeline.
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