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June 25, 2013 15:51 ET

Ahmedabad Hotel Celebrates World Environment Day

Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad Associates Plant Saplings for the Future

AHMEDABAD, INDIA--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2013) - Taking care of the environment isn't just about today -- it's about planning for the future. On 5 June, associates at the Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad joined together for World Environment Day, engaging the local community surrounding this Ahmedabad Airport hotel.

In honor of World Environment Day, the team at this Gujarat tourism hotel pledged to make their contribution to the local community through a sapling plantation drive. Associates planted saplings around the periphery of this luxury hotel, drawing support not only from the local community but Vipul Mitra, Principal Secretary of Tourism for the Government of Gujarat, who made an appearance. Guests also pitched in, helping to plant saplings.

"As responsible members of the community, the sapling plantation drive was our way of not just spreading the message of environmental awareness, but also actively taking steps to increase our green footprint," Prashanth Kumar, general manager at this hotel near Ahmedabad station said.

World Environment Day, an initiative of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), is celebrated each year to raise global awareness regarding environmental challenges through specific activities aimed at reducing carbon footprint. This concept marries well Marriott International's long-standing philosophy of "Spirit to Preserve the Environment," which is something this hotel near Sanand takes seriously.

"Every business has a moral responsibility to give back to its community for its valuable resources," Surendra P. Lodha, Vice President of Pacifica Hotels, Ahmedabad Project, the owning company of Courtyard Marriott Ahmedabad, says. "Through this activity, we hope to not only contribute toward the betterment of our environment but also urge others to do their part."

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