Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Buzz Across the United States With New Wild Bee Hotels

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — (Marketwired) — 06/08/16 — Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

Wild mason bees, some of the most effective pollinators on earth, can now visit ten new luxurious bee hotels to rest their wings in the United States.

“Fairmont is the industry leader when it comes to supporting honeybee health and has been leading this charge over the decade. Expanding our focus to wild mason bees and their need for habitat is a natural evolution of our bee programming,” said Jane Mackie, vice president, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “Wild bees are incredibly efficient pollinators and we rely on them for 80 per cent of the food we eat. Our hope is that these ten bee hotels become the first of many that are built by businesses and Americans across the country.”

For more than a decade, through its Bee Sustainable initiative, which is part of the luxury hotel brand’s larger Fairmont Sustainability Partnership program, Fairmont has committed itself to improving the overall health and conservation of bee species globally, and has built 40 apiaries and pollinator bee hotels at properties around the world.

The Fairmont bee hotels were built by engineers at participating locations across the U.S. in consultation with Pollinator Partnership, the largest not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.

Designs incorporate reused materials and were inspired by the local surroundings. From a wine barrel bee hotel at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa to a miniature version of the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, to a beautiful design that features the Washington Monument at the Fairmont in DC, the engineers spared no creativity when developing their concepts. The bee hotel at The Plaza in New York is French inspired, like the hotel itself, and was developed in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy and Fairmont’s international Bee Sustainable partner, River of Flowers.

“Often we hear people complain that they are afraid when they see a bee in the garden but the reality is that not seeing a bee in a garden is a much scarier proposition,” said Laurie Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership. “Bee visits are critical to most flowering plants, and vital to healthy ecosystems and agriculture. It is up to every one of us to do our share, right now, while the opportunity for the reversal of decline is still within our grasp. Installing bee hotels and planting pollinator friendly plants are very practical ways to take action now. We commend Fairmont for taking action on this very important issue. “

New Fairmont bee hotel locations include The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel in New York, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Fairmont Washington D.C., Fairmont Dallas, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, Fairmont San Jose, Fairmont Newport Beach, Claremont Hotel & Spa, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.

To raise further awareness about the importance of bees in American food systems, executive chefs at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have developed special menu items with ingredients that rely on bees for pollination.

“It is critical that we find ways to protect the bee community and give them a place to nest,” said Chef Todd English, creator of The Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza. “Some of my favorite ingredients such as tomatoes and eggplant only exist due to pollinator bees.”

Research and development is currently underway with River of Flowers to build regionally relevant bee hotels in Dubai and Singapore, with more global locations forthcoming in the years ahead.

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