As part of a sustainable product supply programme to become partially self-sufficient, Mövenpick Hotel Kuwait Free Trade Zone reaped the fruits of its second date harvest in July 2016. The hotel partnered with a company that specialises in agriculture, to design strategic solutions to successfully harvest and use dates in its own hotel restaurants and operations.
The dates are used in the hotel’s breakfast buffet, Chocolate Hour, to create “Go Healthy” liquid shots and as gifts to long-stay guests. They are also distributed to staff members. Long-stay guests were invited to attend the first date harvest.
“This new project is part of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ worldwide green initiatives programme,” said Rushdi Al Ashkar, General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel Kuwait. “It has been a thoroughly enriching experience to see our latest plan come to fruition. A key element of the plan is to involve our employees at a grassroots level to embed our commitment to the company’s sustainability approach. The first date harvest was entirely done by our own hotel employees, and it has been wonderful to see their enthusiasm and dedication to this cause.”
At 7,000 sqm and covering 60% of the property, the hotel’s surrounding green landscape is presently almost double its original size and contains a variety of local plants, indigenous to the region. A variety of eco-friendly products and environmentally sound methods are employed to maintain and irrigate the area, including sprinkler and dripping systems.
The 40 date palms that delivered the second harvest were planted around 13 years ago. Each palm provided roughly 10-15 kg of dates. To efficiently manage its energy and water resources, the elegant low-rise hotel already features LED lighting, dual flushing toilets and low-flow, high-pressure rain shower heads.
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco). Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.com.