Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa has yet to open in Sri Lanka, but it is already making an impact by planning ahead for World Elephant Day in August with a crafty challenge that encourages recycling and reusing discarded materials for art.
To raise awareness of the threats against the survival of wild Asian elephants in Sri Lanka, participants are asked to craft an elephant sculpture entirely from discarded material. The competition will engage local community members with a nationwide cause and build anticipation for the 2016 opening of the hotel.
“In many destinations that depend heavily on tourism, hotels and suppliers are vying for the most talented and motivated workers,” saiddoug Gollan, industry luxury consultant, New York. “These type of projects help connect the resort to the local community and show that Shangri-La intends to have strong connections to the local community.”
Mr. Gollan is not affiliated with Shangri-La, but agreed to comment as an industry expert.
[ Via Luxury Daily ]