As thoughts turn to goodwill and giving during the festive season, many hotels are seeking to help their local communities.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur performed the lighting ceremony of their Christmas Charity Tree on 4th December. The tree was switched on by General Manager Manfred Weber, assisted by the parents of the ten children with severe heart ailments who will benefit from the funds raised from the tree. The Christmas Charity Tree is an annual charity project titled “Embrace the Gift of Life” initiated by the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur to aid children suffering from serious heart ailments and who need surgery. Since 1985 the hotel has helped hundreds of critically ill children and raised more than RM3 million through the Christmas Charity Tree. This year, the funds raised from the Christmas Charity Tree will benefit ten children. For example, four-month-old Cayenne Chiam Jia Yin has Atrial Ventricular Septal Defect or two large holes in the heart. She needs surgery to correct the heart defects which would cost RM50,000. Her father Chiam Shiun Cheng is a marketing executive earning RM2,600 a month. Her mother Yeo Siew Hua is a housewife. Cayenne Chiam and the other children will all now receive the life-saving surgeries they need.
Meanwhile, specialist tour operator SpaDreams  wanted to reward its customers with great offers, whilst also helping those who are less fortunate. The company’s Ayurvedic experts have teamed up with "Viva con Agua " (VcA) – to ensure that with every booking to India made in December, lifelong access to clean drinking water is made possible to the people who need it most. In India, the cradle of traditional Ayurvedic teaching, millions of people still live without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Now sanitation and hygiene measures are being secured through the WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) campaign, strengthening the social position of the people. Dr. Nils Asmussen, manager of SpaDreams travel said, "Viva con Agua will set up a connection to clean drinking water as well as hygiene and sanitation facilities for over 300,000 people. As a tour operator specialising in health and wellness holidays, we consider this social commitment to be very important.
On November 28th 2014, Hilton Shanghai unveiled their annual Christmas tree and Charity Christmas Train village. The annual charity project is now on the 19th year, and this year, Hilton Shanghai continues its charity deed by sponsoring Shanghai Sunrise Charity Foundation and the aid to Shanghai Renji Hospital. The Christmas Charity Train Project is an annual commitment of Hilton Shanghai to help spread Holiday cheers to our less fortunate people in the community. The proceeds of this charity campaign help support Shanghai Sunrise in funding the education needs of underprivileged children in Shanghai. In addition, financial aid is also extended to indigent patients at Shanghai Renji Hospital. Our hope is to spread the love and care to the community and bring happiness.