NEW YORK — Wild mason bees, some of the most effective pollinators on earth, can now visit 10 new bee hotels at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties in the U.S., it was announced June 8.
These new oases were developed by Fairmont in partnership with Pollinator Partnership to serve as habitat for nesting and reproduction. Habitat loss is a leading cause for the decline in wild bee populations, which are responsible for pollinating one-third of the food produced in the U.S.
New Fairmont bee hotel locations include The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel in New York; Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston; Fairmont Washington D.C.; Fairmont Dallas; Fairmont San Francisco; Fairmont Olympic, in Seattle; Fairmont San Jose; Fairmont Newport Beach; Claremont Hotel & Spa, A Fairmont Managed Hotel; and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.
For more than a decade, through its Bee Sustainable initiative, Fairmont has committed itself to improving the overall health and conservation of bee species globally, and has built 40 apiaries and pollinator bee hotels at properties around the world.
The Fairmont bee hotels were built by engineers at participating locations across the U.S. in consultation with Pollinator Partnership, the largest not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.
Designs incorporate reused materials and were inspired by local surroundings, from a wine barrel bee hotel at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, to a miniature version of the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, to a design that features the Washington Monument at the Fairmont in DC. The bee hotel at The Plaza in New York is French inspired, like the hotel itself, and was developed in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy and Fairmont's international Bee Sustainable partner, River of Flowers.
Starting in mid-July, a limited number of pre-made mini-bee hotels will be available for purchase at fairmontstore.com.
A series of Bee Sustainable packages will also be available throughout the summer, with participating hotels offering 10 per cent off the daily rate and a $50 dining credit per stay. Ten dollars from each stay will also be donated to Pollinator Partnership to support important bee research and programming.
Research and development is currently underway with River of Flowers to build bee hotels in Dubai and Singapore, with more global locations planned in the years ahead.