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In 2014, around 120 Marriott hotels participated globally and many are expected to take part again this year.
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. Since then it has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour 2015 is on 28 March 2015 at 8:30 pm local time. Marriott properties have been taking part since 2008.
Marriott hotels in the UK South Region are working closely with the World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour by switching off their lights for an hour to save energy. They are encouraging guests to join in by offering a 20% discount in their restaurants during the Hour.
Additionally many of Marriott's European hotels will participate and there are a number of different events happening depending on location, including candlelit dinners and cocktails.
Guests at a range of Marriott hotels in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and other UK properties can expect a fun and romantic evening as the lights go out to raise awareness of climate change and the need to reduce energy expenditure. For Marriott the event also helps to publicise their commitment to cut their energy and water use by 20% by the year 2020.
Guests and visitors at the London Heathrow Marriott will be treated to their annual ‘Glow Show’ event. Last year 150 people enjoyed the illuminated dance show in the lobby, attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon. This year the show is expected to be bigger and better.
ITP member companies including Jumeirah, Hilton Worldwide, Kempinski, Carlson Rezidor and others will also be taking part in Earth Hour. Marriott luxury brand Ritz-Carlton will have 100% participation across all their hotels, and guests will have tailored experiences on the night. For example the Ritz-Carlson St. Thomas in the Caribbean will host a candlelit BBQ and bonfire on the beach, where guests will enjoy a dinner of freshly caught fish and tropical drinks, surrounded by tiki torches, candles and a bonfire. The resort’s environmental ambassadors will help guests enjoy an hour of stargazing with telescopes, and teaching about the constellations and the Caribbean night sky.
Support for the environment is especially significant in the Caribbean Islands which are inherently climate sensitive.
Bernd Kuhlen, General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas said, "I'm looking forward to showing our support for this great initiative while providing a unique and memorable experience for our guests. Ritz-Carlton is committed to working toward a more sustainable future, and this event is a great way to show our commitment."