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Over the past few years, we've seen a variety of attempts by charities to grab the loose change from people's pockets--the most common example being the option to round up to the nearest dollar and donate the difference at the grocery store checkout. But this trend is also spreading to the travel industry.
Airlines have gotten on board, both on-site and in the booking process. Jaunted reported in April that UNICEF's "Change for Good" charity campaign would ask travelers for their excess change at the end of a flight, and you can now also "round up" when purchasing a ticket on certain airlines.
So naturally, we can't help but wonder if hotels will get on board too. We've seen some hotels here and there donating a portion of the room rate to a specific charity cause but that only happens if a guest books a specific package that mentions the donation. And the donation is usually only offered for a short period of time. Yet what if hotels began taking a small percentage of the room rate--all the time, on every booking, no matter what--and gave that to charity?
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You know those people who can't walk by a pet store without coo-ing over the adorable puppies in the window? Or, say, walk around a mall without popping their head in every darn shoe store? Well, that's pretty much us when it comes to cute teddy bears, and we totally fell for this little guy on a recent spin through the lobby at Singapore's Fullerton Hotel.
Dubbed the "Fullerton Bellhop Bear," he is one of four collectible stuffed animals being offered by the iconic hotel.
The complete Fullerton Bear collection includes: The Fullerton Postmaster Bear (referencing the hotel's history as a former post office), The Fullerton Bellhop Bear (pictured), The Fullerton Bay Ship Captain and The Fulleron Panda Plush Bear.
And just in case you're rolling your eyes right now at the frivolity of this post, keep in mind that the sale from each bear goes towards supporting two charities chosen by the hotel: Mainly I Love Kids (MILK), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF- Singapore). The fundraising initiative started last year with just the Postmaster Bear, but due to its popularity, the hotel debuted the other 3 bears this past April.
Last week, we had a general manager living in a bubble to promote his hotel. This week, a hotel manager has abseiled off the side of building to support a charity.
Sally Beck, who works as manager of the Lancaster London, joined 100 thrill-seeking volunteers today in plunging down the side of the hotel, which is one of London's tallest hotels. Of course, they were all safely strapped in and wearing helmets but still, that's quite a big commitment to make.
Yet the experience is worth it as all funds will go towards Springboard's “Kickstart Programme”, which supports young school and college leavers with their first step onto the career ladder.
A brave soul who abseiled off the hotel last year.
Want to glimpse the gorgeous views of London from the Lancaster without hurling yourself off the building? Rates this summer start at $200 a night.
Are you a general manager about to engage in a wacky stuff either to promote your hotel or to help out a charity? We wanna hear about it! So send us all the crazy details here.
[Photos: Lancaster London/Smile Photography]
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We know how hard it can be getting out of bed sometimes. We normally use our iPhone alarm to jolt us awake (followed by a big cup of strong black tea), but we're aware there are other more soothing ways to get the job done. Like...a wake-up call from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson when you stay at The Strand in New York City.
Sound crazy? Here's a little background: 50 Cent, along with entrepreneur Chris Clarke, founded a line of all-natural energy drinks known as SK Energy Shots back in 2011 (actually, the product name was originally Street King, but in 2012 it got abbreviated to the less confrontational "SK".) Better yet, the SK Energy brand has a philanthropic mission, with every energy shot sold providing a meal to a hungry child through the United Nations World Food Programme.
Now, the Strand has partnered with SK to offer the energy shots in all 176 guest rooms. But to really help raise awareness, the hotel is offering the option of a (pre-recorded, duh) wake-up call from Mr. P-I-M-P himself. No further details have been released, though we're wondering, if it happens to be your birthday, do you get your name called out in a special rendition of In Da Club?
As it's now been over three weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, you could be easily fooled into thinking everything is pretty much back to normal. And, in some ways, that would be true: power is back to Manhattan, the subways are running between boroughs again, and NYC & Co has declared that 98% of the city's hotels have all re-opened.
But there is still plenty of work to be done. Many homes in places like Red Hook, Far Rockaway, Staten Island and parts of New Jersey were demolished or declared uninhabitable by FEMA, and volunteers from the Red Cross have been working around the clock to bring relief to those still left struggling to cope with the storm's aftermath.
For obvious reasons, hotels have played a major role in this post-Sandy relief effort by organizing charity drives, housing relief workers, and giving shelter to homeless Sandy victims. The Daily Mail is reporting that the Red Cross has spent $181,000 alone on rooms at the Soho Grand.
Now, here are a few ways you, the philanthropic hotel guest, can pitch in too:
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Sustainable hotel initiatives come and go. But one that we hope sticks around for good is the new bee mascot at InterContinental New York Barclay.
The tiny black-and-yellow fellow is being placed in all guest rooms starting this month as a way to help guests communicate how often they require linen changing. Obviously, the hotel is hoping you opt for every other day, so they can cut down on water waste and save the planet. But they can't force you to do anything, so instead they're simply asking you to play with a little bee-shaped cardboard cut-out. How fun!
What happens when you combine food- and water-deprived cab drivers with a well-stocked hotel kitchen eager for some good PR? Mayhem, most likely. But that's not stopping Starwood from going ahead, for the third year in a row, with its "Iftar For Cabs" program, which offers free packaged meals at sundown to any cab drivers who have been fasting for Ramadan.
30 Starwood hotels across the Middle East will be dispensing the prepared packs of iftar, which is traditionally the first meal eaten at sundown after a long day of fasting. Understandably, things might get a little frantic around the lobbies of these participating hotels—you might want to play it safe and stagger your dinner reservation accordingly. Or simply order room service.
In a roundabout way, some residents of Newark, NJ who can't afford to stay in a hotel will get to sleep on premium hotel linens after all.
The Newark-Liberty International Airport Marriott has just donated 200 sets of (used) bed linens to the Apostle's Houses of Newark, and this isn't just a one-time deal. Apostle's Houses offer services to men, women and families who can't spare even a cent, and the Marriott periodically changes their linens...so why not recycle them into the community that needs and would appreciate the aid?
Now we know the Newark Marriott isn't exactly a 500-thread-count place, but a clean, crisp and cool sheet is a simple pleasure in life. Think about that the next time you lay your head on a pillow in a room you've only purchased for a few nights.
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Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. And no one enjoys the holiday season more than hotels. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be featuring all the holiday hotel news, deals, events and over the top decorations, we think are the best (or the worst.) Got a question about booking a hotel over the holidays or what to do when staying in a hotel over the holidays? Let us know!
The holidays make hotels do crazy things. Like erecting Christmas trees adorned with money or oversized gingerbread houses or life-sized chocolate Santas (nom, nom.) So it comes as little surprise that the Shangri-La Pudong Hotel in Shanghai, China attempted yesterday to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest yule log cake.
For the first time in a long time, the people of Haiti, and in particularly the city of Port-au-Prince, have something to be excited about. After the devastating 7.0 earthquake of January 2010 which killed 316,000 people, left a million homeless and all but decimated the country's economy, Marriott Hotels has announced they will operate a new 173-room hotel in Port-au-Prince (which currently only has 500 hotels room in total), adding 175 new jobs to the economy.
The project is being developed by Digicel Group Ltd. but both Marriott and The Clinton Foundation worked together to bring the hotel to fruition. In fact, President Bill Clinton made the announcement himself last night.
“This new hotel project will stand as a symbol of Haiti’s recovery, providing much needed jobs to the Haitian people and encouraging foreigners to visit, invest and work in Port-au-Prince," said President Clinton. "My Foundation has worked with both Marriott and Digicel, and encouraged them to form this partnership. Their investment proves that Haiti is open for business and on the path to economic recovery."
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Anthony Bourdain and other devil-may-care foodies might not be happy about this news but we respect Peninsula Hotels' attempt to do the right eco-thing by banning the Chinese delicacy of shark fin soup from their menus.
After California governor Jerry Brown passed an act banning the from possession, sale and distribution of imported shark fins in the state, Peninsula decided to launch their own ban at all their hotels, even the ones in Asia, starting on January 1.
Clement K.M. Kwok, CEO of Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) which is the parent company of Peninsula said in a statement:
“By removing shark fin from our menus, we hope that our decision can contribute to preserving the marine ecosystem for the world’s future generations. As Asia’s oldest hotel company, we also hope that our decision will inspire other hospitality companies to do the same and that our industry will play a role in helping to preserve the bio-diversity of our oceans.
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Stuart Johnson of Brown's and Willy Bauer, owner of The Arch. Doing good in the seat of British power.
We’re not the types to need much of an excuse to book a hotel stay, but if you are, here’s a pretty unbeatable one – you can stay in a nice hotel and do your bit for charity at the same time.
Yesterday saw the return of the UK-based SleepSmart initiative. A spin off of the wildly successful restaurant scheme, StreetSmart, if you stay at a participating hotel from now until 31 December, you’ll be offered the opportunity to add £1 to your bill.
That £1 goes directly to the StreetSmart homeless charity. And we mean directly – sponsors Deutsche Bank cover the admin costs, so every penny gets to the people who need it.
There’s a great little roster of hotels taking part this year – the full list is here, but they include myhotels, Brown’s, The Arch, The Landmark, and the Avo in London, with myhotel Brighton, Park Plaza Nottingham and the Lowry covering outside the capital. All very good, but we’re actually surprised/disappointed that there aren’t more. It’s not like it’s much to ask of your guests, right? Still, all the more incentive to book with the ones that support it.