The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Hosts Starwood Asia Pacific Recruitment Day
Nusa Dua, Bali, March 25, 2013– It was lights out for The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. The resort joined millions around the world by turning lights off for Earth Hour 2013 to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action. Earth Hour 2013 took place on March 23 at 8.30 pm local time. Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is the largest movement on the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million.
This year’s theme was “Uniting People to Protect the Planet”. With that in mind, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali activated a range of energy-saving measures during Earth Hour. The resort turned off all non-essential lighting and used candlelight in appropriate public areas such as the lobby, corridors, garden and pool environment. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali also hosted Seafood Barbeque Dinner under the stars for the pleasure of in-house guests. Entertainment during the evening included live music as well as a feel-good performance by a local children’s choir. There was a brief speech and video presentation to introduce the concept of Earth Hour. Then guests were invited to light a candle each as Earth Hour officially commenced at 8.30pm. In the days leading up to Earth Hour, associates participated in an uplifting cycling tour around the island of Bali and visited all properties under the Starwood banner including The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, The St Regis Bali Resort, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Le Meridien Jimbaran and W Retreat Seminyak.. The aim was to heighten local awareness about Earth Hour and get others to commit. Along the way the associates made frequent stops asking likeminded members of the community to sign the ‘I WILL IF YOU WILL’ journal pledging participation for this global initiative.
Last year, Earth Hour broke all records to cement itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing that we all have in common – our planet.
“Thank you to all our guests who, very willing, took part in the initiative it is small steps like these that come together to a huge impact,” said Mr. Bipan Kapur, Managing Director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. “Earth Hour is a great way of creating global awareness of our responsibility to the generations to come: The small steps each of us take can make a big difference together.”
Starwood’s pioneering Global Citizenship philosophy reflects the same dedication to sustainability among its 171,000 associates worldwide. In 2012, more than 650 hotels participated in Earth Hour in various ways. This year will mark Starwood’s fifth annual participation in Earth Hour, making it one of the largest worldwide companies to make a pronounced global statement with a voluntary hour of darkness. Earth Hour is just one of the many ways Starwood acts in support of its 30/20 by 20 goals, which is the company’s commitment to reduce energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020 across its entire portfolio.