For every participant guest, the luxury resort will make a donation for the preservation of
The Mesoamerican Reef

Hora_Del_Planeta_13  RIVIERA MAYA, MARCH 11, 2013 – Fairmont Mayakoba, a leader in hotel sustainability practices, will participate for the seventh consecutive year, in Earth Hour, the world’s  largest global climate change initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., the iconic hotel in the Riviera Maya will join Fairmont properties around the world that will participate in the awareness event, by shutting off nonessential lights for one hour.

“As the world’s most important event against climate change, Fairmont Mayakoba is pleased to join Earth Hour and raise environmental awareness towards this important cause,” mentions Ian L. Robinson, Regional Vice President and General Manager for Fairmont Mayakoba. “It is a unique opportunity for the hotel’s colleagues and guests to engage in activities that promote Fairmont Hotels & Resorts ongoing efforts of sustainability stewardship.”

In addition to switching off nonessential lighting for an hour, the luxury resort will also celebrate Earth Hour by inviting guests and visitors to participate in diHora_Del_Planeta_75fferent events including unplugged entertainment. For every guest participating in any of the activities listed below, Fairmont Mayakoba will donate $1 USD to Oceanus, a local non-profit organization working on reforesting the Mesoamerican Reef along the Riviera Maya. Coral reefs are one of the most affected ecosystems by climate change and a significant attraction for visitors to the Riviera Maya.


Activities include:
The Darkest Night: Ancient Maya Astronomy
The eco-friendly event may be the darkest night of the year, so archeologists Julia C. Miller and Alfonso Morales from Catherwood Travels will take advantage of this unique opportunity to give an equally entertaining and interesting talk about archaeoastronomy and the Maya use of astronomy. The ancient Maya are famous around the world for their magnificent cities, intricate hieroglyphic writing, and their skill in astronomy. The study of the archaeoastronomy of the Maya has brought to light not only their fascination with the heavens and the movements of the planets and stars but also how they recorded their observations in their books and their buildings, as it will be explored in this conference. Following, the archeologists, with the use of iPads, will invite guests to try to identify some of the constellations and planets that were so important to the ancient Maya.

Children & Family
Surrounded by lush jungle and mangroves, little guests and families are invited for a Frogtastic Adventure, a night walk in search of the different wildlife that can be seen and heard on the hotel’s grounds.

Gourmet Affairs
The hotel’s AAA Four Diamond Award oceanfront restaurant, Las Brisas will offer a Lights Out candlelight dinner highlighting an exquisite sustainable menu, while the Lobby Lounge will offer a Dark Night cocktail inspired by the eco-friendly event.

There is something magical about listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Lighted by the Mayan moon, Willow Stream Spa invites guests to exercise and reconnect with nature by participating in an on-the-beach yoga session.

Since opening in 2006, the AAA Five Diamond resort has been committed to Hora_Del_Planeta_74protect the environment and sustainability by making the harmonious balance between luxury and nature a reality. Its construction included the use of recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, and the relocation of over 10,000 plants. Its commitment to minimizing the hotel’s footprint on the planet is shown by supporting the development of local communities and encouraging guests to actively participate in environmental conservation. Fairmont Mayakoba has also been recognized with important eco-accolades like Rainforest Alliance Verified and the Green Key.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people, including several Fairmont hotels around the globe, participated. In 2010, hundreds of millions of people and over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet.
With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a strong supporter of WWF, participating in many of their campaigns, as well as being a member of their global Climate Savers program. For the past two decades, Fairmont has been dedicated to preserving the places in which we live, work and play through its Green Partnership Program. Expanding on this 20-year commitment, Fairmont will continue to actively support a sustainable future and a low carbon economy, understanding that ultimately, we are all in this together.
For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and the company’s industry leading environmental initiatives, please visit www.fairmont.com/environment.

Nestled in the heart of Riviera Maya, Mexico, the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba is an AAA Five Diamond resort set on 45 acres within a private, luxury community surrounded by a lush mangrove forest intersected by crystal clear canals. The property has 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a 37,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa featuring 20 treatment rooms and a carefully crafted menu of services and distinctive treatments incorporating indigenous ingredients, and El Camaleón Golf Course, host to the only official PGA event in Mexico also featuring the Jim McLean Golf School. A dedication to a green philosophy has earned Fairmont Mayakoba verification as a Rainforest Alliance certified hotel, among other eco-accolades.  For reservations call 1(800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/mayakoba.
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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand’s distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.

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