Shangri-La Makes Waves On World Oceans Day

Every year on June 8, World Oceans Day is celebrated to honor, help protect and conserve the world’s shared oceans. The Ocean Project leads the observation to encourage individuals to consider the importance of the world’s ocean, learn about diverse ocean creatures and habitats, and change ways of life to help protect the ocean.

Check out how Shangri-La colleagues around the world celebrated the 27th annual World Oceans Day.

Colleagues at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines started World Oceans Day with an Ocean Talk led by Haron Deo Vargas, marine biologist from LGU Malay. Colleagues learned about the importance of the marine ecosystem and the natural and human threats that it faces.

Following the talk, colleagues participated in a fish house sinking activity at Punta Bunga Beach. The group deployed 35 fish houses off the beach’s shore.

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa colleagues ended the day with an underwater cleanup in collaboration with Scotty’s Action Sports Centre. Led by Dave Junker, the resort’s general manager, six scuba divers and eight snorkelers collected 4.5 kilograms of waste including plastic wrap, bottles, nylon and metal cans.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu guests and colleagues participated in a plogging activity on a three-kilometer stretch of Dalit Beach. Derived from the Swedish term “plocka upp,” plogging is a combination of jogging while picking up litter. Colleagues and guests collected over 100 kilograms of garbage.

“Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu will continue to engage with its guests in driving our ‘Say No To Single-Use Plastic’ campaign,” said Regina Sulit-Lain, director of communications at the resort.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives participated in a beach cleanup.

“The trash collected was mostly plastic bottles and small debris of Styrofoam and ghost nets,” said Jynkee Shaine Camacho, corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager at the resort. “Here at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, we pledge to protect the environment and we will continue this effort to maintain a cleaner and healthier planet.”

Thirty-two colleagues from Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan participated in a beach cleanup, followed by team exercises and healthy snacks.

“The activities aim to raise awareness about the importance of health for a happy life, and to do our part to protect the oceans,” said Patricia Xu, executive secretary at Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan.

In line with Shangri-La Group’s Sustainable Seafood Policy, Kerry Hotel, Beijing celebrated World Oceans Day with Marine Stewardship Council-certified sustainable seafood at Kerry’s Kitchen.

“This is part of the hotel's sustainable sourcing strategy and commitment to make a positive impact on the environment,” said Wei Wei Saw, director of communications at Kerry Hotel, Beijing.

Guests enjoyed sustainable seafood throughout the evening and learned about the benefits of sustainability through placards placed throughout the venue. Young guests learned about protecting our oceans through coloring activities with educational messages.

“This day is a unique opportunity for us to create more awareness of the ocean,” said Francis Ke, resident manager of Kerry Hotel, Beijing. “Being a city hotel in Beijing, the ocean may be far away from the minds of our local guests, so bringing the sea to Kerry’s Kitchen is an exciting endeavor to generate a buzz in the local dining scene.”

Thank you to our colleagues around the world who educated others and supported the health of our precious oceans.