Friends and staff members of Caravelle Saigon Hotel kicked up their heels on the steps of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic Opera House last weekend, in a show of support for greater action on environmental issues.
At promptly 09:00am on 31st May, 80 associates of Caravelle Saigon stormed the steps of the Opera House in a high-energy Flashmob, drawing a crowd of appreciative motorists and pedestrians who cheered and shimmied in time to the music. The dancers performed four songs in quick succession, before fanning out to encourage bystanders to take personal action to protect the planet.
In addition to the song-and-dance routine, Caravelle Saigon also made a show of donating seven waste bins to the grounds around the Opera House to further promote proper waste segregation in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.
The activity, which was timed to focus attention to the upcoming World Environment Day on 5th June, was Caravelle’s second Flashmob in the Heart of Saigon, and the most recent in a series of public actions the hotel has taken over the years in support of World Environment Day.
Considered one of Vietnam’s leading eco-conscious properties, Caravelle Saigon picked up its third ASEAN Green Hotel Award for sustainable practises at the close of 2014, and has held EarthCheck’s Silver Certification since 2011. The hotel was the first to introduce eco-friendly meeting packages and paperless check-in and check-out within Vietnam, and has implemented numerous green initiatives such as waste water recycling, installing LED lights and the use of biodegradable cleaning products.
World Environment Day is the United Nation’s chief vehicle for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year’s theme, “Consume with Care”, focuses on the need for sustainable lifestyles, highlighting each individual’s responsibility to reduce unnecessary consumption and care for Earth.
For more about World Environment Day, visit unep.org
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