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The Marine Sanctuary at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu

One of the many residents of the marine sanctuary

Among the many attractions at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is its white‑sand beach and pristine waters.  Guests can enjoy the added thrill of swimming with the schools of tropical fish that make their home in the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary.

In keeping with the resort’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) mission, the marine sanctuary was officially established on February 1, 2007.  The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary Stewardship group was granted 15 years of stewardship rights and obligations for the management of the sanctuary.  The stewardship group is composed of the resort, Scotty’s Action Sports Network and Dive Centre, and Amores Charities, Inc.

The same year the sanctuary was established, resort employees took part in transferring giant clams from Palawan to the safekeeping of the marine sanctuary.  The Philippine government had removed the clams from poachers.

Today, over 160 species of marine life, including around 70 giant clams, are found in the six-hectare Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary.  Among the fish species spotted are angelfish, banner fish, blue tang, butterfly fish, clownfish, clown sweetlips, goldfish, lion fish, pipefish, puffers, rainbowfish and wrasses.  The sanctuary has also been the recent release site of hawksbill turtles and tropical fish that were handed to the local government by concerned citizens.

While the sanctuary houses a healthy house reef, two old sea vessels were sunk to form artificial reefs and aid in coral regeneration.  Loose coral was transplanted to the snorkeling area fronting the resort's beach.  The resort’s management and staff also conduct reef checks and participate in regular clean-up dives to maintain the sanctuary’s conditions.

The resort encourages guests to be aware of, and to appreciate, marine life.  Supervised trips to the marine sanctuary are included in the scheduled children’s activities at the Adventure Zone, while a complimentary snorkeling safari for adults is offered daily.  One wall of the resort’s Entertainment Zone is dedicated to photographs of the various species to be found underwater, and a similar sign is located on the beach.

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is the first resort in the Philippines to achieve ISO 14001 recognition.  The internationally recognized standard for the environmental management of businesses is a culmination of the resort’s initiatives towards being a real environment-friendly resort facility.  In the past, the resort has been the recipient of two ASEAN Green Hotel Standard Awards, in recognition of the resort’s compliance with environmentally friendly and energy conserving measures.

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu at (63 32) 231 0288 or e-mail reservations.mac@shangri-la.com.

香格里拉酒店集团一贯坚持以经济、社会和环境可持续性的方式进行经营,同时平衡各相关利益方之间的关系。集团有专门的企业社会责任委员会,从股东关系、环境、健康及安全、供应链管理和员工等各方面带领企业推陈出新,使香格里拉成为企业公民和可持续发展方面的领导者。香格里拉企业社会责任项目以可持续发展为出发点,由人文关怀"和"关爱自然"两个核心元素组成。"人文关怀"主要体现在香格里拉人文关怀项目,使弱势群体获得更好的教育及健康服务;"关爱自然"则渗透于香格里拉自然保护项目中,为保护生态多样性以及恢复生态环境作出不懈努力。更多详情,请登录香格里拉集团网站 www.shangri-la.com"企业社会责任"板块。

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