The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali recently left guests in the dark. But it was all for a very good cause.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali turned off its lights in observance of Earth Hour, a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to send a powerful global message about environmental awareness and caring for the planet. Nearly one billion people ‘turned off’ for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.
To emphasize Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.’s dedication to environmental sustainability, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali also shared other energy-saving measures during Earth Hour, March 27 at 8:30pm. These included turning off exterior signage lighting, the dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting and using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars. These simple actions helped to reduce at least 476Kg of Co2 Emission during the hour.
To generate awareness about Earth Hour and to encourage guest participation, the General Manager and Management Team of the Resort hosted a cocktail gathering in the lobby. A video about Earth Hour was presented followed by a traditional Balinese parade. A brief speech by the GM officially launched Earth Hour at 8.30pm. As the lights were turned off throughout the Resort, over 1000 candles flickered in the lobby as well as other public areas creating a
truly remarkable experience for all in-house guests.
Around the pool, a Food Market was set up with an inspiring array of Indonesian, international and seafood delicacies. Guests were treated to an evening of traditional entertainment, which included a mesmerizing performance of the Kecak Dance followed by the Fire Dance. Children also enjoyed the celebration by partaking in fun activities such as Star Gazing, Story Telling and a Movie Under the Stars.
To further encourage guests to care for our environment, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali handed out natural cotton shopping bags to be used as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic. Most of the plastic bags that we use end up dumped in rivers, oceans and roadsides or are discarded in harmful landfills. Plastic bags are literally choking our environment. Fish, turtles and many other water based creatures are endangered by plastic waste. On the land, plastic bags also block drains and kill farm animals through accidental consumption. Additionally, fuel and electrical resources are consumed in the production of plastic bags which significantly contributes to Global Warming. Therefore, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali’s cloth bag invites guests to be part of the solution.
“Earth Hour is a positive initiative and we are proud to be part of it. We have a very strong commitment to the principles of environmental sustainability. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is an active member of Green Globe and we recently achieved Silver Level certification. It is time for us to be part of the solution and join together to save the Planet Earth,” said Mr. Bipan Kapur, General Manager of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
About Earth Hour
Source = Starwood Hotels & Resorts