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May 29, 2020 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Gives Back through Gift Card Sales

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To honor brave the first responders fighting against COVID-19 globally, Mandarin Oriental has launched #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity in response to the pandemic, donating 10 per cent of online Gift Card sales to United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The initiative will provide up to USD 20,000 financial support, and will last through May 31, 2020.

Mandarin Oriental Progress Update on Eliminating Single-Use Plastic across Portfolio

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In October 2019, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its portfolio of luxury hotels by the end of March 2021. While the original timing for completion is likely to be impacted by the global effects of COVID-19, the Group has dedicated to phasing out 60 of the most commonly used single-use items at its properties which are estimated to make up 95% of the total number of single-use plastic items. To date, these items have either been removed or are in the process of being phased out.

An example of one of the most commonly used items is plastic water bottles. On-site water bottling has been introduced at the Group’s hotels in Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei, Geneva, London, Miami and New York, with the view to rolling this initiative out groupwide. Current figures are encouraging; for example, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, has been able to eliminate almost half a million plastic water bottles from rooms and food and beverage facilities in a year.

Shishi-lwa House Starts Pay-Forward Initiative to Support Restaurants in Karuizawa

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With the establishment of “SSH Pay-Forward Program” Shishi-lwa House has committed to donating a total of JPY 1 million in supporting small independently owned restaurants located in its neighborhood in Karuizawa. The objective of the pay-forward program is to provide much needed shot-term financial aid for restaurants to pay for its operations during this difficult period. Shishi-lwa House will contribute a total of JPY 50,000 to each qualified restaurant; in exchange, guests can enjoy meal vouchers and a discounted price at one of the restaurants.

VistaJet: Committed to Investing in People and Business

VistaJet is offering complimentary empty leg flights for Governments and medical transportation, using global infrastructure and expertise to help move critical medical products and working with experts and leaders to identify new flying solutions for the global community.

With COVID-19 causing substantial human and economic damage around the world, Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman of VistaJet, believes that they have to respond with positive actions, and continue to invest in infrastructure and people. With over 1,000 leading aviation experts, VistaJet has not made any redundancies during this pandemic. VistaJet believes that their knowledge and experience is as important to the quality of flights as the aircraft themselves. A series of “ask the experts: what it’s like to work during the pandemic” has been created – read to learn stories behind the scene with cabin hostesses and pilots of VistaJet.

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