Grow the Zone – OZONE
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has made a commitment to the ocean with a mission – the “Ozone Mission” launched on World Ocean Day. The company has launched the Ozone mission with all its resorts and hotels in Hawaii, Guam, Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives and Fiji.
The Ozone mission is a commitment to coral reefs which sustains roughly 500 million people. With its partners, Outrigger’s mission is to plant a football field of corals in the next decade. The Mamanuca Environment Society is the birthplace of the Ozone mission having planted corals in Castaway Island Resort for almost a decade now. At Castaway Island Resort the launch of Ozone mission was attended by guests, MES and staff on the 7th of June. Steven Andrews, Castaway General Manager, spoke to the audience on the goals of the Ozone Mission and how important corals reefs are to sustainable tourism. A cake was cut to commemorate the event, and guests were invited to take part in a butterfly fish count, snorkelling the reef that is to become the platform of the Ozone mission.
“OZONE is an action plan that charts a clear course for Outrigger to make a positive impact in helping to save and protect coral reefs and ultimately the wellness of waters around the world,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group.
Inspiration for OZONE originated from Geoffrey Shaw, former owner of Castaway Island, Fiji Resort and chairman of the Mamanuca Environment Society. Outrigger guests will have the opportunity to help plant coral at participating properties, such as Castaway Island Resort.
OZONE will generate awareness surrounding the status of coral reef systems while simultaneously enhancing the Outrigger Resorts guest experience through education and authentic interaction. Accordingly, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the platform via in-room videos, on-property lectures, while also being a part of the solution by planting a coral at participating properties.