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Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida`a Kuwait observes Earth Hour

April 3, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

“We were one of the first business organizations in Kuwait to support the Earth Hour movement,” said Maged Gubr, General Manager at the Movenpick Hotel&Resort Al Bida`a Kuwait.

“Since 2009, the last Saturday in March, we have been hosting a series of events that aim to draw the attention of guests and employees to the climate challenges our planet is facing.”

On March 29, Movenpick Hotel&Resort Al Bida`a Kuwait joined iconic buildings around the world to mark WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Earth Hour 2014. At 8:30pm the hotel “went dark” and lights were switched off for one hour, pledging support for the planet.20140401-2223_o

This top-performing Green Globe member demonstrated its commitment towards a sustainable future with a special line up of events:

During the actual Earth Hour, Movenpick Hotel&Resort Al Bida`a turned off most of the lighting in the operation areas and dimmed the lights in all public areas, restaurants and outside the hotel building. Guests were encouraged to participate by cutting down electricity consumption to an absolute minimum, and also using the bed sheet re-use cards to reduce laundry.

In addition, the hotel`s main restaurant hosted an atmospheric candle-lit dinner with a sustainable menu created with locally sourced products to celebrate the occasion.

Movenpick Hotel&Resort Al Bida`a Kuwait has implemented a long-term environmental system to reduce the water and energy consumption. Basic measures, such as the installation of water-saving devices, and energy efficient lighting, are part of the hotel`s best practices.

Movenpick`s commitment goes beyond environmental and employer sustainability, it encompasses a positive contribution to the community that is mutually beneficial and sustainable. The Movenpick Al Bida`a initiated nationwide recycling competitions in cooperation with the Public Administration for Private Education, Environment Public Authority, and schools throughout Kuwait. These competitions aim at sensitizing the younger generation to sustainability issues, and inspire children to care for the environment in their daily life at home and at school.

“It is our goal to create a better environment for today – and for future generations to come,” added Maged Gubr.

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