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Publish Date : 28-mar-2007
marzo 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:

Los servicios ecológicos proporcionan servicios de alimentos y bebidas sin elementos descartables y estaciones de reciclado en las salas de reunión. 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. Se utilizan pizarras blancas en lugar rotafolios de papel.
El alojamiento ecologista ofrece en información de la habitación, recipientes de reciclado, cambio de toallas y sábanas opcional en propiedades seleccionadas, iluminación de bajo consumo energético y duchas de agua, inodoros y aireadores de canillas de bajo consumo de agua.
Los menús ecologistas incorporan alimentos locales, de temporada y cultivados en forma orgánica, siempre que sea posible. Los menús especiales para el programa Eco-Meet también pueden incluir una reducción del 50% de proteínas de origen animal, complementadas por las proteínas vegetales en las comida. Las propiedades Fairmont que tienen su propio herbario o la disponibilidad de condimentos locales presentan sus platos con esos ingredientes. El énfasis está en alimentos saludables, deliciosos e inocuos para el medioambiente.
La programación ecologista ofrece actividades y oradores invitados para complementar la experiencia de Eco-Meet. 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. También hay servicios disponibles sin uso de papel para eventos, incluso un canal de televisión dedicado a proporcionar información actualizada a los delegados. Siempre que es posible se utilizan registros de llegada y salida electrónicos sin papeles y los contratos y la información se envían por correo electrónico. Fairmont también ayudará a los organizadores de eventos a compensar las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero del evento mediante la compra de etiquetas verdes y certificados de energía.
El programa Eco-Meet está disponible en todas las propiedades Fairmont. 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.  Para obtener más información o hacer reservas, llame al teléfono +1-800-441-1414 o visite www.fairmont.com.


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