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Resort Education Centre Turns Five

The Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa Marine Education Centre celebrated its 5th anniversary last Saturday. Members of the senior management, staff and their young ambassadors attended the event. Resort general
08 Dec 2014 10:17
Resort Education Centre Turns Five
Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa general manager Graig Powell (middle), with club members of the Marine Education Centre last Saturday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa Marine Education Centre celebrated its 5th anniversary last Saturday.

Members of the senior management, staff and their young ambassadors attended the event.

Resort general manager Graig Powell said it was a wonderful occasion to bring together children who are their school ambassadors.

“We can play our respective roles to preserve and protect our marine life,” Mr Powell said.

“It’s all part of the eco-system. As good corporate citizens, we have a responsible role in making sure that we help in marine conservation because it is an important resource.”

He said this was not only to foster sustainability, but to attract tourists.

He said many foreigners came to Fiji because it was beautiful and pristine.

“If we don’t play an important role to promote and protect marine life, it won’t be there and people will stop coming. We are aware that tourism is not only the biggest foreign exchange, but it helps many their livelihoods and have meaningful existence.”

He said they had increased their participation in the MEC with volunteers from the resort by more than 80 per cent.

“There has been a lot of efforts in achieving to educate in promoting and protecting our marine life. Like it or not, we have an impact on the environment that we try and play our part.”

The resort also boasts a glass crusher machine which converts all their recyclable glass bottles into another form such as glass bricks.

“We have taken our environment initiative to recycle bottles that we cannot return to the suppliers and we use those glass bricks for fish houses. This also reduces our waste that fills the landfill,” he said.

The celebration included building fish houses which were placed into the lagoon where fish will inhabit and help to generate growth of the eco-system.

Meanwhile, the resort also had their Christmas tree lighting last Saturday.

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