Today’s Keyed Into Hyatt message was about the community work that Hyatt employees around the world are doing. Hyatt Regency Newport made the list and we’re so happy that the volunteers at our hotel were recognized!
While we firmly believe that service extends beyond the walls of our hotels everyday, April is a particularly special time when we celebrate our company’s collective impact with our Global Month of Community Service.
Throughout April our colleagues are giving back to their communities in both big and small ways. For me, the most exciting part is seeing the different ways that giving back comes to life in each of our unique communities across the globe. To date, events have taken place in all three of our regions and across all of the Hyatt brands. In fact, I have already counted volunteer events in twenty different countries – and we are still just getting started!
Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills, North Carolina – USA
The staff at Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills participated in an “Ice Cream Social” at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, NC.
Hyatt Regency Mérida, Mexico
The team in Mérida kicked off their service with a reforestation project to help plant more than 30 trees. The team also volunteered at a local animal association that is dedicated to the care and protection of abused or abandoned dogs.
Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh is located on the edge of Garden Bay, which is home to the finest underwater coral reefs, fish and colorful sea creatures, and considered as the world’s most captivating dive site. As part of the hotel’s Hyatt Thrive activities, a “Coral Care Committee” was formed to take care of the coral reefs as well as educate guests and other stakeholders about the importance of coral protection. In April, the Committee organized a coral reef cleaning session, in which a group of divers, including associates, guests and other certified divers, cleaned up trash around the reefs that had been dropped by tourist boats. The hotel will continue to organize such cleaning events periodically to take care of this precious marine treasure.
Hyatt Regency Incheon, South Korea
The team at Hyatt Regency Incheon participated in painting large murals on the walls in rural parts of Muui-do Island, which is a neighboring island with very little resources to improve its community and aging residents. All participating associates visited the island and turned a basic rural area into a vibrantly colorful village. After the event, the hotel hosted a tea for the village residents and Hyatt volunteers.
Andaz San Diego, California – USA
The Women@Hyatt San Diego Chapter recently began partnering with Team AMVETS by creating awareness and volunteer opportunities for our associates. Several associates volunteered at Team AMVETS™ “Welcome Home” furniture assistance program, which provides furniture and other household items to veterans who have been homeless but are now in the process of rebuilding their lives. Together, the team helped furnish homes for several veterans turning their otherwise empty apartments into a welcoming home.
Hyatt Regency Newport, Rhode Island – USA
On Saturday April 12th, the city of Newport had a community wide clean up. Associates from Hyatt Regency Newport teamed up with their nearby neighborhood to help clean up local parks and drift ways. It was a great team building experience and also allowed the team to meet some wonderful people in their neighborhood.
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Thailand
In Thailand, April 11th to 17th is Songkran Holiday (i.e. Thai New Year). During this period, Thais travel back to their home towns and spend time with families. Unfortunately, the number of road accidents and fatalities during this time continues to increase every year. In Prachuab Khiri Khan Province, where Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is located, the number of fatalities is among the highest in the nation. Consequently, in coordination with provincial police, hotel associates were stationed at police checkpoints giving out bottled waters, preserved plums (to keep drivers awake!), and cookies to passing drivers and encouraging them to drive safely. More than 60 associates participated and the hotel hopes this small gesture will help decrease the number of accidents this holiday.