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Fairmont busy spreading its wings

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June 14, 2016

Fairmont busy spreading its wings

Wild mason bees, some of the most effective pollinators on Earth, can now visit 10 new luxurious bee hotels to rest their wings in the United States.
These new oases were developed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in partnership with Pollinator Partnership to serve as habitat for nesting and reproduction. Habitat loss is a leading cause for the decline in wild bee populations, which are responsible for the pollination of one-third of the food produced in the US.
In Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s new bee hotel was built using reclaimed and reused items including wood pallets and pieces of wood scraps and debris from the hotel’s current renovation.
“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 percent 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 programme, 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.

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