For the past 5 months, the rooftop deck of the W Tapei has housed 6 boxes of bees as part of the hotel’s W Sweet Award Project.
120,000 bees have been busily working for what has been considered the first urban beekeeping project in Tawian. General Manager of W Taipei Cary Gray is the innovator behind the W Sweet Award project. Gray is an advocate of sourcing locally and using “local ingredients.” He has been a part of several projects including Weekend Farmers Market at The Kitchen Table and 5Beer at Woobar.
“The plight of honeybees is in dire straits across the world. Urban beekeeping is a cutting edge salvation for this rapidly diminishing population of buzzing friends. W Taipei has deeply studied this problem and after 8 months of expert consultations and thorough preparation toward the betterment of our future, we partnered with Syin-lu Social Welfare Foundation to bring the first bee hotel in Taiwan.” – Cary Gray, GM of W Taipei
The placement of beehives and boxes on the roof of the W Taipei as part of the W Sweet Award project represents the hotel’s role in a larger global initiative to help save honeybees, whose population is struggling under the negative effects of human interventions such as the use of pesticides. Beehives on the roof of W Taipei as part of the Sweet Award Project allow 120,000 bees to pollinate and create honey, which is then used in desserts and drinks. Some of the honey is used by W Taipei while the rest is donated to the Syin-lu Social Welfare Foundation.
Guests can expect to begin experiencing the honey in W Taipei’s Q3 2015 after the hotel receives certification and begins serving their Honey Cheese Cake and Bees Knees cocktail. Four liters of honey have been produced from the first harvest of the W Sweet Award project as of mid-April.
Photo Credit: W Taipei
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