Hotels in Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day

Every year in September, International Coastal Cleanup Day is recognized as an opportunity to clean and protect one of the world’s most picturesque settings – beaches. Nearly 12 million people around the world have been a part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean. Here’s how two of our hotels helped our environment on International Coastal Cleanup Day.

On September 18, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya participated in International Coastal Cleanup Day by partnering with its EMBRACE beneficiary, the MI Nurul Huda 1 School. Colleagues from the hotel and 33 fifth graders from the school attended a local cleanup at the Delegan Beach.

“We are proud of the students and are happy to have worked with the local beach operator and street hawkers, as well as our volunteers, in this great community effort,” said Jonathan Reynolds, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya. “It is important to us that we care for this tourism project and remain committed in all the ways that we can.”

After a day of cleaning, hotel colleagues and students enjoyed their time at the beach with fun, interactive and educational games.

On September 21, colleagues from Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore and Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore partnered for a fun beach cleanup. Colleagues spent the day beautifying the Singapore coastline by collecting aluminum cans, plastic bags, plastic bottles and Styrofoam boxes.

“The project encouraged positive change in our colleagues and a better understanding about caring for our environment,” said Judy Yeoh, director of human resources at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore.

In Sri Lanka, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, which opened on November 16, takes pride in its idyllic and picturesque location next to the Indian Ocean. Prior to its opening, 120 colleagues from the hotel celebrated the global observation by volunteering at a morning beach cleanup at the Galle Green Face.

“With this year’s theme of ‘Harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash,’ it was truly rewarding for colleagues participating in an initiative that not only aligns with Shangri-La’s own values, but a project that is a beacon of hope that inspires action to clean up our coastline,” said Mahika Chandasena, director of public relations for Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.

Congratulations to all of our colleagues who participated in International Coastal Cleanup Day.