Demonstrating its commitment to protect the environment and mitigate climate change, China World Hotel, Beijing, a leading luxury hotel, announces that it would participate for a fifth consecutive year in Earth Hour, a global Worldwide Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) climate change initiative.
On 23 March 2013, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., the lights in China World Hotel, Beijing will be turned off in most back-of-the-house areas and the lights dimmed in public areas, restaurants and hotel exteriors. Guests will be encouraged to participate by turning off the lights in their guestrooms and are invited for a complimentary Earth Hour green cocktail at Aria Bar and the Lobby Lounge. To honour the occasion, the hotel will be hosting a green dinner by candlelight at Aria restaurant in support of Earth Hour.
Participating in Earth Hour is only one small part of China World Hotel, Beijing’s environmental protection efforts. The hotel has implemented green programmes to identify ways to reduce wastage, eradicate practices that damage the environment and generally promote environmental awareness. Examples of these practices include using energy-saving light bulbs and biodegradable cleaning materials, water restrictors, and sewage treatment facilities to prevent water pollution.
China World Hotel, Beijing soars over the China World Trade Center complex, including the China World Exhibition Center and shopping mall, in the heart of the city’s diplomatic and business district. Hailed as one of the first three hotels in mainland China to be awarded a Platinum Five Star rating by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), China World Hotel, Beijing has been named one of the world’s best hotels by both Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure magazines. China World Hotel, Beijing was also voted “Best Hotel in Beijing” by Euromoney, Frommer’s Guide and Finance Asia; “Best Business Hotel in Beijing” by Business Traveller China and Asia Pacific, TTG Asia, The Asset and Asian Legal Business; ranked one of the “Top Ten Business Hotels in China – Golden Pillow Award” by 21st Century Business Herald; and named one of “The Top 50 Hotels in China” by Forbes and Travel + Leisure China.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com