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Sanya, China – 19 March 2016 – As part of its ongoing environmental commitment, The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay continued to celebrate Earth Hour in 2016 by switching off unnecessary lights wherever possible, organizing environment-friendly theme activities and sharing green travel tips on social media, and thereby promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

At 8:30 pm, Saturday 19 March when the annual environmental initiative took place worldwide, sixty children and their parents joined together on the breezy beach in the hotel to participate in “Consume Less, Enjoy More” lantern making and painting activities. Guided by the hotel’s Kids Club teachers, little guests painted and colored their handmade lanterns to express their wishes for a better Earth homeland and future life. At the end of the event, all participants gathered to take a photo of “60+” to show their support to Earth Hour and pledge to protect the environment by living a greener life.

In order to create awareness and encourage more guests to participate in this meaningful campaign, the hotel has taken more actions, including:

  • Switching off all balcony lights and non-essential lighting in public areas
  • Dimming lights in some public areas and restaurants
  • Serving candle-lit dinners with green menus at the Sand and Sofia restaurants
  • Organizing beach games such as coconut bowling, cross game, etc
  • Providing unplugged live band performances on the beach
  • Through in-room letters, inviting guests to switch off during Earth Hour

The hotel has also engaged its followers on social media platforms with seven green travel tips to promote eco-friendly travel behaviors, which include: taking more public transportation, drinking less bottled water, using handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues, no wasting food, bringing personal washing supplies when travelling, reducing hotel linen changes and switching off electricity when leaving their room. 

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay has been participating in various community footprint programs over the years, including building Uncle Martin’s Secret Garden and organic herbal garden in the hotel, using local supplies and eco-friendly products whenever possible, supporting a sea turtle preservation program, and many more.  

Famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has since then grown to spread over 7000 cities in 162 countries and regions. It is nowadays the largest environmental protection campaign and action platform, with worldwide participation by millions of people.