Posh hotel's rubbish idea raises the bar
Guests at Durban's Oyster Box work on their tan and clean up the beach in return for a cocktail
An opulent Umhlanga hotel is going gaga over garbage.
The five-star Oyster Box, which overlooks the Indian Ocean, is so passionate about keeping the beach clean it’s offering hotel residents a cocktail in exchange for a bucket of rubbish.
The hotel is renowned for hosting celebrities including Khloé Kardashian and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
“It is important for us to keep our beaches and ocean clean of rubbish which has a detrimental impact on our environment. Everyone at the hotel gets involved in regular ‘clean-ups’, even our guests,” said general manager Wayne Coetzer.“For every bucket of rubbish collected from the beach by hotel residents, we offer a complimentary cocktail or milkshake in the bar.
“Buckets are supplied by the hotel and once returned to reception they are redeemed for a drink voucher – to enjoy a special beverage as a ‘thank you’ for helping us with our efforts.”
Coetzer said the threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve natural resources spurred the establishment of a “Green Team”.
“We are keenly aware of our responsibility to confront these problems head-on, and have instituted a Green Team to investigate and implement the ways we can contribute to this global process,” he added.Since the start of its campaign last month, more than 50 cocktail vouchers have been issued to hotel guests in exchange for buckets of beach litter.
“The very success of tourism has the potential to undermine its long-term viability. The hospitality industry has a responsibility towards the magnificent places in which it operates to embrace the idea that together with travellers, we can create a reality where the environment is in perfect harmony with travel dreams,” he added.