FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS GIVES "GREEN" LIGHT
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FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS GIVES "GREEN" LIGHT TO EXPANDED ECO-MEET PROGRAM

Publish Date : 28-Mrz-2007
März 28, 2007

- Pioneers of the environmentally friendly conferencing program -

TORONTO, March 28, 2007 - Businesses are embracing Fairmont Hotel and Resorts' respect for the environment and promotion of sustainable tourism by rallying behind its Eco-Meet program now available at all of its properties.
A staunch advocate of environmental stewardship within the travel and tourism industry, Fairmont was the first major hotel company in North America to include green business practices as an intrinsic part of its operations. Another major milestone as the pioneer of going green is the brand-wide launch of the Eco-Meet program - an environmentally friendly conferencing program, intended to minimize harm to the environment during meetings, conferences and similar events.
Eco-Meet was developed as a "green meeting" and conference planning option. In this way, meeting planners can organize conferences and events that consider the environment, result in reduced waste, and also conserve valuable resources.
Michelle White, Director, Environmental Affairs, states, "We recognize that many corporations, including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, have adopted a mandate of environmental responsibility." She continues, "When selecting a venue for a green event, meeting planners will consider all aspects of the hotel or resort's accommodation, operations, programs and policies as part of our Eco-Meet initiative."
Meeting planners wanting to "green" their events can work with Fairmont's knowledgeable staff to tailor aspects of this unique program, which consists of four key components, to suit their needs:

Der Eco-Service stellt verpackungsfreie Speisen und Getränke und Trennbehälter für Abfälle in den Tagungsräumen zur Verfügung. This service is an important element to a greener meeting and, for example, includes china and cutlery used instead of disposal items, linen napkins instead of paper, and centerpieces that are edible/organic or made from reusable items such as silk flowers. Statt Flipcharts stehen Tafeln zur Verfügung.
Auf den Hotelzimmern liegen Informationsbroschüren zum Thema Umweltschutz aus, des Weiteren sind sie mit Mülltrennbehältern ausgestattet und verfügen über Energiespar-Beleuchtung, wassersparende Duschköpfe bzw. Toilettenspülung sowie Belüfter an den Wasserhähnen; in ausgewählten Hotels werden zudem Bettlaken und Handtücher optional ausgetauscht.
Eco-Cuisine-Menüs beinhalten, wo immer möglich, lokale biologische Lebensmittel der Saison. Spezialmenüs für Eco-Meet beinhalten auf Wunsch 50 Prozent weniger tierisches Eiweiß und mehr pflanzliche Eiweiße. Fairmont-Hotels verfügen über eigene Kräutergärten und würzen ihre Speisen mit eigenen Zutaten sowie Gewürzen der lokalen Küche. Wir achten darauf, dass unsere Lebensmittel gesund, umweltfreundlich und von hoher Qualität sind.
Zur Bereicherung des Eco-Meet-Programms werden Gastredner eingeladen. Whether it's a keynote address, a full-day team building eco-experience or something in-between, Fairmont's eco-programming educates and informs meeting delegates, while providing innovative and exceptional meeting services. Ebenfalls bieten wir papierlose Serviceleistungen für Veranstaltungen, beispielsweise einen speziellen Fernsehkanal, der die Konferenzteilnehmern über Updates und Infos auf dem Laufenden hält, elektronischen, papierlosen Check-in/Check-out und, sofern möglich, Verträge und Informationen per E-Mail. Fairmont unterstützt ebenfalls Tagungsplaner, ihre Treibhausgasemissionen durch den Erwerb von "Green Tag"- und Energiezertifikaten auszugleichen.
Eco-Meet ist in allen Fairmont-Hotels zu finden. Meeting planners can also download a copy of Fairmont’s new green meeting checklist at www.fairmont.com/ecomeet.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a leader in sustainable tourism and was the first major hotel chain in North America to embrace environmental stewardship in its daily operations through the implementation of its own Green Partnership Program. The program focuses on improvements in the areas of waste management, energy and water conservation, as well as a strong element of community outreach through local groups and partnerships. More information about Fairmont's award-winning Green Partnership Program is available at www.fairmont.com/environment.
Featuring a collection of fabled castles, secluded lodges, storied meeting places and modern retreats, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts opens the doors to some of the world's most celebrated addresses. With locations throughout ten countries, our 50 distinctive hotels - including The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs and London's Savoy - promise travelers rich experiences and lasting memories in unparalleled settings. Committed to growing its portfolio of world-class hotels, Fairmont will soon reflag four hotels in Kenya and anticipates the 2007 re-opening of New York's famed Plaza Hotel.  Future Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also include locations in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Vancouver and South Africa.  Fairmont Raffles Holdings International owns and operates over 120 hotels worldwide under the Fairmont, Raffles, Swissôtel and Delta brands, as well as vacation ownership properties managed by Fairmont Heritage Place.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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