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Saving the bees
   
According to the Greenpeace, the number of bee colonies has been decreasing dramatically since the end of the 1990s. All around the world beekeepers have been reporting sudden and unexplained vanishings of bees from their hives. The role of bees in the ecosystem cannot be overestimated as one in three spoonfuls of our food depends on the pollination process. In Europe alone, more than 4000 varieties of vegetables are dependent on pollination by insects. Bees pollinate 70% of plant species that guarantee 90% of food.
Commitment of Wroclaw hotels’ employees to the Planet21 sustainable development program, launched back in 2012, has neither faded nor lost its momentum. Theobjectives are growing more and more ambitious.
The “save the bees” idea emerged in 2017, following a number of publications on large hotel chains around the world supporting or setting up apiaries. Given the type of the project and the mostly downtown location of Accor 7 hotels, it was of great importance to ensure the utmost safety standards in its surroundings, and so the group decided to set up our project away from hotels.
From among a few selected apiaries, Accor people were charmed by the apiary of Marcin Musialczyk, an exceptional enthusiast and professional. He not only runs his own apiary, but is also active in the Lower Silesian Union of Beekeepers. He constantly expands his knowledge on the subject, attends conferences and is willing to run workshops for children and classes for adults.
On July 30, the first 7 beehives purchased by 7 hotels in Wroclaw, belonging to Orbis Hotel Group, were set up in Marcin’s apiary located on the outskirts of Wroclaw. Each beehive is a bee hotel corresponding to one of the hotels. Hence, there are the Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town beehive, the Novotel Wroclw Centre beehive, the Novotel Wroclaw City beehive, the Mercure Wroclaw Centre beehive, the Ibis Wroclaw Centre beehive and the Ibis Budget Wroclaw South and the ibis Budget Wroclaw Stadion beehives.
All in all, “AccorHotels Wroclaw Apiary” owns almost half a million bees. Each of the beehives houses 60 thousand bees.
The apiary owner will be caring for beehives in accordance with the best beekeeping practices.
Within the frame of this cooperation, starting from September, at breakfast time each hotel will hold animations and organise meetings with Guests, neighbours and employees, during which the beekeeper will talk about the importance of caring for the bee population in our world and the benefits it brings to our environment and health.
The “AccorHotels Wroclaw honey” in dedicated packaging and a booklet featuring the history of the Wroclaw project will add to the selection of breakfast specials. It will also supplement the gift offer for guests. Hotel guests will be able to buy honey in hotel boutique shops.
The next phase of the project involves online monitoring of bee colonies. This remarkable idea originated from monitoring of storks. Under the project, direct online transmission of images on monitors located in every lobby in Wroclaw hotels is to arouse interest, engage Guests and raise awareness of the importance of our natural environment.