NEW YORK — Ten new bee hotels designed to house wild mason bees have been installed at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties across the U.S. as part of the company’s Bee Sustainable program.
Through the program, Fairmont began installing habitats for pollinator bees in Canada in 2014 and has recently expanded into the U.S. and abroad. To date, the company has 40 bee hotels and apiaries around the world.
“Fairmont is the industry leader when it comes to supporting honeybee health and has been leading this charge over the decade,” said Jane Mackie, VP, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “Expanding our focus to wild mason bees and their need for habitat is a natural evolution of our bee programming. Wild bees are incredibly efficient pollinators and we rely on them for 80 per cent of the food we eat. Our hope is that these 10 bee hotels become the first of many that are built by businesses and Americans across the country.”
The new bee hotels were designed in consultation with Pollinator Partnership to incorporate reused materials which reflect local surroundings. Each structure is unique, from the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s wine barrel bee hotel to a design featuring the Washington Monument at the Fairmont Washington D.C.
More information about Fairmont’s Bee Sustainable program can be found at fairmont.com.