World famous luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has revealed plans to build 16 bee hotels nationwide.
The “Bee Hotels” are located on the roofs of existing Fairmont Hotels, and provide free accommodation for the pollinators. A combination of twigs and soil in a wood, shelf-like structure allows bees to nest as well as rest.
Fairmont’s Bee Hotels began in Toronto last year on the roof of the Royal York and at the Black Creek Community Farm and the Toronto Botanical Garden. Five were initially launched in partnership with Burt’s Bees and with help from Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building, a” leader in an emerging movement of pragmatic sustainability – simple is the new smart.” Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building specializes in “affordable, healthy, and energy-efficient design.” Now, over 20 Fairmont properities worldwide are host to collections of beehives as part of the program.
“Our focus is really just trying to create dialogue around bees and their importance to humans. We were one of the first companies to jump on the bee bandwagon.” – Mike Taylor, Fairmont Spokesman
Bee hotels are poised to help contribute to conserving the bee population, which has been in rapid decline worldwide, by providing nesting and resting sites. Fairmont’s overall bee programs began back in 2008, starting with the installation of hives in the Royal York in Toronto where around 350,000 bees now reside, pollinate, and produce honey, which is used by the hotel in signature dishes and cocktails.
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