Have you heard the buzz around QT Hotels and Resorts? The hip designer hotel and resort group is bringing beehives to all of its properties!
In a move that once again highlights QT’s commitment to supporting and using fresh and local produce, hives of Australian bees will provide fresh honey for the properties restaurants and cafes. Once established, each property will be able to generate between 50-100kg of honey per year!
To launch the rooftop beehives, QT has been working with The Urban Beehive to capture feral bee swarms to populate the beehives, rather than purchasing packaged bees or queen bees from breeders. This means QT is able to help boost natural pollination and protect the wild bee genetic lines which need strengthening to be able to fight off natural threats.
Excitingly, the bees can also help pollinate QT Hotels and Resorts rooftop and urban gardens, which will allow them to be both 100% organic and sustainable.
Continuing along this theme of sustainability, QT properties nationwide are in the process of opening their own organic rooftop gardens. Some of the more exotic plants that will be grown on-site include a fruit salad tree, ice-cream tree, coe coe melon, bush plums and corn flowers.
“The installation of beehives and urban gardens in our Sydney, Canberra, Port Douglas and Gold Coast properties is just another example of how we are continuing to lead the way in food and drink trends in the Australian market, and QT’” said Georgie Neal.
“At QT Hotels and Resorts, we pride ourselves on providing our guests with unique experiences that will surprise and delight them. We are sure that once they come in and try our home grown vegetables that they will be shocked, but impressed, that it was either grown on a rooftop in the Sydney CBD or within the grounds of our Port Douglas property,” Georgie added.
QT Sydney, Port Douglas, Gold Coast & Canberra have already harvested their first crops and experienced firsthand the benefits of having an on-property urban garden. Turning a previously unused space into a luscious garden full of fresh organic produce, the properties have successfully incorporated their organic veggies into daily dishes at the highly popular Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and the QT restaurants of Gowings Bar & Grill and Capitol Bar and Grill.
This exciting announcement also follows the recent hiring of Georgie Neal as the QT Forager, a role which will see the designer hotel group completely alter their food supply chain and source niche organic and locally grown produce.
For more information, or to book a visit to one of QT Hotels & Resorts restaurants, visit http://www.qthotels.com.au/.