Dusit Thani Bangkok joins” Earth Hour” Special
The Iconic Bangkok Hotel turned its lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change
Bangkok - Dusit Thani Bangkok joined the worldwide effort in encouraging everyone to take part in Earth Hour, which took place on Saturday 26 March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Bangkok local time.
This will be the 9th time that the hotel participated in this global initiative, which this year was expected to involve in excess of 4,600 cities, towns and municipalities in more than 120 countries. To mark the occasion of “Earth Hour,” Lights were turned off on the exterior of the building, all restaurants and some public areas were also included from 8.30pm - 9.30pm.
Mr Danny McCafferty, General Manager of Dusit Thani Bangkok, said all departments of the hotel were actively involved on Saturday night: “Earth Hour is about getting people to look at the energy they are using and consider more efficient ways to conserve it. All of us should be involved in this small but very significant effort,“ he said.
All hotel guests and visitors as well as staff were encouraged to join not only the lights-out initiative but other activities which included the release of biodegradable balloons in front of the hotel at 5.30pm with Clown Eckie. Guests were invited to gather for specially created “Earth Hour cocktails, mocktails” and canapés at the Lobby Lounge at 8pm. After a short welcome introduction at 8.15pm by the hotel’s management, members of hotel staff started to light candles around the lobby, reception, restaurants and Benjarong Terrace before a screening of the “Earth Hour” promotional video. Guests were each given a candle to hold as they joined the countdown to switchoff the lights and to enhance the occasion, there was a mini “Unplugged Concert” by the hotel’s house band both during and after the event.
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and the “Earth Hour” had become a global sustainability movement with now more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating.
Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Coliseum stood in darkness as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
Photo shows: Dusit Thani Bangkok’s Resident Manager, Mr Alex Willats recently organized the “60 Earth Hour 2011 Plus” campaign by turning off all unnecessary lights within the hotel’s Lobby Lounge, restaurants, and public areas which did not affect guests.
The campaign would help building subconscious in using electric power, a cause of Global Warming. The event was joined by the hotel’s guests and Mulberry House International pre-school’s students.
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