Press Release
More than 350 Carlson Rezidor hotels around the world join the global Earth Hour 2017 movement

The Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites and Park Plaza hotels practice Earth Hour – an environmental initiative supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – as an opportunity to engage with guests, employees and business partners to encourage energy savings by organizing several engaging activities in the dark, for example, romantic candlelight dinners featuring special Earth Hour cocktails and Earth Hour menus.

“Our hotel teams are eager to participate in Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lights and still creating memorable moments for our guests, in an original, fun and responsible manner. The Earth Hour complements our Think Planet strategy and ambition to be the driving force of a more sustainable hospitality industry,” says Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President, Responsible Business for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Some of our hotels’ Earth Hour highlights include:

Radisson Blu Fiji Denarau Island kicked off global Earth Hour celebrations with local school children of the hotels ‘adopted schools’ singing a welcome song and the symbolic beating of the Fijian drum. Guests, local community members and students of the schools counted down to 8:30 PM, the start of Earth Hour, when all lights were turned off and the Bula Fijian Warriors sprang out of every corner of the lobby with tiki torches to help light all the candles. The Warriors then led all guests around the resort in candle lit procession, ending up on the waterfall lawn where the big 60+ sign was lit by everybody taking part. A Pacific Island fire-show followed, adding to the entertainment.

The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Mysore, India lit a special, centerpiece 5-foot-high candle in the lobby, made by mentally challenged students. The rest of the public areas were lit by thousands of small oil lamps provided by a nearby temple. Guests were invited to enjoy a local traditional welcome drink while their portraits were taken holding a placard with an Earth Hour pledge. Kids took part in a special Earth Hour quiz and sketch competition.

The six Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Riga, Latvia, organized a torchlight procession through Riga dedicated to Earth Hour. More than 75 employees joined the Earth Hour walk, taking a stand against climate change.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Earth Hour with a Yoga master class for hotel partners and VIP guests and a professional orientation and Culinary Master class, "How to cook without electricity,” for teenagers in the hotel restaurant Cote Est.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels, Belgium turned off the lights and had a gospel choir performing, adding to the candlelit atmosphere.

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, lit candles around the property in place of the use of light fixtures and saved 16,513 watts of energy over a course of 3.5 hours. They also featured the “Thirsty in the Dark” cocktail during the hour. To get the secret recipe of the signature cocktail, contact us.

Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Now in its 10th anniversary year, it has grown to engage more than 178 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour 2017 was marked on 25 March 2017 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more details about the company’s Responsible Business strategy, please visit http://carlsonrezidor.com/responsible-business

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies and includes 1,440 locations in operation and under development with more than 230,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 115 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, a program that redefines hotel rewards with a collection of exceptional benefits, services, and privileges at more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. Over 95,000 people are employed in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group hotel systems and the company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Singapore, and Brussels. For more information, visit www.carlsonrezidor.com and follow on Twitter @carlsonrezidor.

Media Contacts:

Staci Graber, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas, [email protected] or +1 (763) 212-4252

Camilla Chiam, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Asia Pacific, [email protected] or +65 6511 9297

Lucie Cardona, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, EMEA, [email protected] or +32 2 730 7832

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