#WorldOceansDay

Ideas for Resorts: Engaging Guests on World Oceans Day

Host a festival

Get your resort guests and even more people involved by hosting a festival that is open to the public. Make your festival great by inviting ocean conservation non-profits, and marine recreation businesses like dive shops and eco-friendly tour companies to engage with visitors. Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii hosted the North Shore Ocean Fest with a variety of free activities for the entire family. From educational booths, canoe rides, to live music, their event had something for everyone. Wequassett Resort, with the Center for Coastal Studies, hosted a lecture night and reception that was open to the public in honor of World Oceans Day. Download free graphics and other resources to use at your event.

Engage in conservation action

For World Oceans Day this year, take action and do something at your resort that will directly benefit our oceans. Organize a beach cleanup, coral planting, or coastal restoration project for your guests. Last year, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort relocated a giant clam and adopted three infant clams to protect. These clams will serve as natural water purifiers and will help to regenerate the reef system surrounding Outrigger Fiji. The resort also invited guests to join them in installing fish houses and planting coral in the reef. Not sure what action to take? Connect with your community leaders and local scientists to plan a project that benefits your local environment.  

Get youth involved

Get more youth involved in ocean conservation by hosting a youth focused event at your resort this year. The S.E.A. Aquarium at Resort World Sentosa in Singapore offered a variety of youth events throughout the week surrounding World Oceans Day last year. Ocean story telling got young children involved while a digital art display by a local school engaged older kids. The Andaman Resort in Malaysia hosted an entire high school class for World Oceans Day. The students were introduced to the Andaman Resort’s Marine Life Laboratory and Coral Nursery. They spent the day snorkeling, creating artificial reef modules and coral planting.

Make their stay eco-friendly

Offer special promotions to guests that stay or visit through World Oceans Day. Consider offering special rates or packages that include eco-tours, lessons and sustainable seafood meals. The Meadowmere Resort offered a special World Oceans Day Celebration package that included eco-tours of the hotel’s green efforts, surf lessons, and guided nature walks along the coast. Place pamphlets in guest’s rooms about World Oceans Day - contact us for content ideas. Provide them with conservation tips, such as taking shorter showers to conserve water and encouraging them to recycle within their guest rooms, so they can take action for the environment during their stay. 

Get your restaurant involved

Do you have a restaurant on your resort? Ask the restaurant to create a custom World Oceans Day menu and serve sustainable seafood options as their special. Learn about good choices from Seafood Watch or hand out Seafood Watch's consumer guide to help guests make their own ocean-friendly seafood choices. Last year, Relais & Châteaux association of 540 hotels and restaurants around the world committed to serving sustainable seafood menus, consisting of sustainable fish products in accordance with SeaWeb Europe’s recommendations.

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Samantha Mackiewicz 29-Mar-2017
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