Every year on June 8, people come together on World Oceans Day to honor the world’s oceans, recognize and protect its marine life and celebrate its intrinsic beauty. This year, hotels and resorts around the world held activities and projects to raise awareness for the world’s oceans and to help protect it for years to come.
Colleagues at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu celebrated this year’s World Oceans Day theme, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” by raising awareness of marine debris that washes to shore, which affects nearby marine and land wildlife. With the help of CSR & Sustainability colleagues, the resort’s resident marine biologist Irene Tan gave guests a presentation on “Sanctuary Superstars,” the marine life commonly found in the resort’s Marine Sanctuary.
Following the presentation, 19 young guests participated in the Recycled Water Bottle Art Class where they created fish mobiles made of plastic bottles.
Colleagues at the resort originally planned to display the children’s artwork around the hotel, but the children loved their fish so much that they took them home. Great job, team!
In Malaysia, colleagues from Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang, Golden Sands Resort, Penang, and Hotel Jen Penang teamed up together to celebrate World Oceans Day with colleagues, guests and the community.
Interns from Uplands International School volunteered at the resort on World Oceans Day to help children in a fun and educational Eco Hunt. The treasure hunt led the participants around Golden Sands Resort, teaching them about the surrounding wildlife.
Following the Eco Hunt, Khairol Badri from Hotel Jen Penang helped children create artwork using recyclable materials. “Captain Badri,” as he was so named for his cape, showed children how to make things such as airplanes using only waste.
Children from the Batu Feringgi Rukun Tetangga (Neighborhood Association) put on a special performance about marine pollution and turtle threats. The Association wrote the script, designed and made costumes themselves.
Local artist Yin Ru, who is diagnosed with autism, visited the resort to hand-draw and color post cards based on the World Oceans Day theme. The hotel paid Yin Ru for her artwork, which colleagues and guests were able to enjoy throughout the day.
Colleagues at Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore and Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu got close to the ocean by participating in beach clean-ups and underwater clean-ups.
Many of our colleagues in China also volunteered on World Oceans Day. Forty-six colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Wenzhou volunteered at a nearby village in Dongtou to promote ocean conservation in the community and participate in a beach clean-up. The team handed out flyers explaining the importance of ocean conservation and what members of the community can do in their daily lives to help.
After they handed out informational flyers, our colleagues completed an ocean clean-up at one of the most visited beaches in the village. The beach is now ready to welcome residents and guests for the summer season.
South of Wenzhou, 40 colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen also participated in an activity on a nearby shoreline.
However, rather than participate in a beach clean-up, our colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen helped marine life population by releasing 150,000 baby snappers into the ocean. This activity encourages snapper population growth in an area where snapper fishing is common.
“We had taken a lot from the ocean, and it was time for us to give back in our own way - not only for us, but for the generations to come,” ” said George Baird, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen.
Great job to all of our colleagues who participated in this year’s World Oceans Day.