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Al Bustan Palace, A RitzA[degrees]Carlton Hotel has launched 'volunA[degrees] tourism' for its hotel guests and members of the community with a programme titled 'Give Back Getaways', a press release said. As part of The RitzA[degrees]Carlton Hotel Company's global Community Footprints programme, 'Give Back Getaways' provide a unique opportunity to guests to experiA[degrees] ence Muscat's parklands while making an effort to give back to the environment in the sultanate.

The complimentary halfA[degrees]day activities, which are supported by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, include scenic walks through Qurm Natural Park, bird watching, tree planting, mulching, watering, invasive plant removal and more. Guests receive Community Footprints shirts, caps and group photoA[degrees] graphs at the end of the proA[degrees] gramme as a souvenir.

The activities also include visA[degrees] its to mangrove nurseries, where guests are encouraged to plant mangroves to leave their own personal mark on Oman's landA[degrees] scape. Mangroves are an essential component of the region's marine ecosystem, forming a natural habitat for the sustainable develA[degrees] opment of fauna and playing a vital role in preventing soil eroA[degrees] sion in tropical and subA[degrees]tropical regions.

Under the umbrella of the Community Footprints proA[degrees] gramme, The RitzA[degrees]Carlton hotels and resorts partner with local organisations to make a meaningA[degrees] ful difference in the wellA[degrees]being of disadvantaged children, hunger and poverty relief and environA[degrees] mental conservations.

Bernard Viola, general managA[degrees] er of Al Bustan Palace, The RitzA[degrees] Carlton, said, "The RitzA[degrees]Carlton has built a legacy of extraordinary service over decades. This tradiA[degrees] tion extends to our Community Footprints programme and posiA[degrees] tively impacts the lives of others, and the Give Back Getaways are a great example of how we can both enjoy the environment and help sustain it."

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Dec 19, 2013

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