JEEP Events

World Environment Day 2016

Dec 26, 2016

Beginning in 1974, the World Environment Day has been observed annually as means to raise awareness and call to action to protect the environment. It is the United Nations premier environment awareness day and is celebrated in more than a 100 countries around the world. As a passionately environmentally conscious entity Jetwing Hotels participated in World Environment Day activities on the 5th of June, 2016.

In the hills Jetwing St. Andrew’s conducted a ‘Parisara Hapannu’ recognition/award ceremony for the students of Good Shepherd Convent who had actively participated in environmental conservation projects. This followed on from a similar program in 2015 and strived to encourage them to further learn and understand their responsibility in minimizing impacts to the environment. Joining hands with the Municipal Council, Jetwing St. Andrew’s also organized a shramadana (volunteer) campaign to clean plastic and polythene waste from Lover’s Leap waterfall area left by irresponsible visitors.

The Ella-wala falls and the surrounding forest areas were cleaned by associates of Jetwing Kaduruketha. This area is a popular tourist destination, but was unfortunately littered with plastics and polythene.

The associates of the sister properties Jetwing Beach and Jetwing Blue participated in a beach clean-up organized by the Coastal Conservation Department. The associates of all Jetwing properties located in Negombo also participated in a clean-up of the famous Poruthota Road. In addition, presentations on the wildlife of Sri Lanka were carried out for the students of three local schools, namely, Kochchikade Maha Vidyalaya, Wellaveediya Maha Vidyalaya, and Loyola College.

Jetwing Lagoon conducted a tree planting and beach clean-up project followed by a hotel visit for 117 students of Medirigiriya Central College to be made aware of the hotel’s environmental initiatives. Fellow Negombo property Jetwing Sea also had a tree-planting and plant distribution event for the hotel’s guests and neighboring community.

Jetwing Vil Uyana donated books to the Kimbissa Junior School library while Jetwing Yala commemorated World Environment Day by conducting an awareness program for the dairy farmers of the area on “Hygienic Practices in Dairy Farming and Human-Leopard Conflict”, involving the Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Inspector of the area.

World Environment Day Celebrations at Jetwing Hotels

Earth Hour 2016

Mar 19, 2016

Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is an annual movement held globally to encourage individuals, communities, and companies to turn off their lights for one hour, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm as a symbol of their commitment towards the planet and to raise awareness about environmental problems. The Earth Hour 2016, held on the 19th of March, was observed and actively participated in by Jetwing’s family of hotels.

Jetwing Yala organized an awareness program for school children under the theme of “Importance of Saving Energy” with examples from the hotel’s own initiatives. The hotel associates also conducted a shramadana (volunteer) campaign to clean the roadsides of polythene and plastic.

Participating in the movement with fervor Jetwing St. Andrew’s conducted a lecture on the topic “Save Energy in My Home” to raise awareness of energy saving practices for the ‘Parisara Niyamu’ students of Good Shepherd Convent, Nuwara Eliya. A tree planting program was also carried out in the hotel garden, along with candle-lit dinner being offered at the Old Course restaurant. The symbol of the Earth Hour, 60+, was displayed with oil lamps in front of the restaurant.

All possible lights were turned off at Jetwing Vil Uyana between 8.30pm and 9.30pm and the 60+ was displayed with oil lamps. A free night walk was conducted for guests to catch a glimpse of the rich nocturnal wildlife inhabiting the hotel premises. During the hour, “Monkey Kingdom” - a nature documentary filmed in Sri Lanka was also shown at the Sulang Café.

Jetwing Lighthouse and Jetwing Lagoon participated in Earth Hour by switching off all non-essential lights and offering candle-lit dinners to its guests, with the 60+ displayed with oil lamps. In an environmentally friendly initiative, at Jetwing Lagoon all lanterns and lamps were lit with used kitchen oil. In addition a CFL bulb sale held for the associates and a cocktail bar serving special cocktails in battery lit glasses highlighted the Earth Hour.

In an effort promote energy efficient lighting for households, Jetwing Sea took the initiative to provide LED bulbs for low income families (children of these families attend the Bambukuliya Vidyalaya - a local school). Vouchers were handed out to in-house guests and 50% of the bulb costs were covered by their contributions with the hotel contributing the remaining costs.

Earth Hour Celebrations at Jetwing Hotels

World Tourism Day 2015

Sep 30, 2015

World Tourism Day, celebrated on the 27th of September, was adopted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. Celebrated annually since 1980, this year the day was commemorated under the theme ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities’. Jetwing Hotels, demonstrated its commitment to the environment and community with events organized at the properties around the country, to mark the day.

Similar to projects carried out in the last few years to commemorate World Tourism Day, at the Sigiriya World Heritage site and Dambulla Cave temple, this year too, associates of Jetwing Vil Uyana together with the Central Cultural Fund and participants from the Sigiriya Air force camp, conducted a Shramadana campaign to clean the Sigiriya World Heritage site, of plastic and other non-degradable waste.

Jetwing St. Andrew’s organized two programs to celebrate the World Tourism Day. While an awareness program about the rules and regulations and biodiversity of Horton Plains National Park was conducted by the Park Warden for the Nuwara Eliya Area Guides; the Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s educated school children present, about the biodiversity of Horton Plains. In addition, along with school children of the area and guests visiting the park, associates of Jetwing St. Andrew’s participated in efforts to remove and eradicate European Gorse (Ulex europaeus) plants, which is an invasive species at the National Park.

Associates of Jetwing Blue, Jetwing Beach and Jetwing Lagoon in collaboration with the Negombo Leo club organized a shramadana to cleanup an area of the Muthurajawela marsh. And along with the Negombo Leo club, an awareness program was conducted by the Resident Naturalist of Jetwing Beach, for students of Gonzalves College - Pamunugama.

In commemoration of World Tourism Day, at Jetwing Lighthouse an environmental awareness program for the hotel associates was conducted by the Resident Naturalist. The Resident Naturalist of Jetwing Yala, conducted a presentation on ‘Sustainable tourism and Jetwing Yala’ for the newly recruited wildlife officers of the Yala National Park. Associates of the Jetwing Yala also carried out a tree planting program within the property to increase the green cover of the hotel.

World Environment Day 2015

Aug 24, 2015

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. WED provides an opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.

Keeping in line with this year’s WED theme, “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” a lecture on Sustainable Living was conducted by Mr. Rohitha Ananda (Director – Engineering ECO TECH BASE) at Jetwing Blue. The lecture was attended by 155 participants, which included associates of other Jetwing Hotels in Negombo, students and beach vendors. In addition a road cleaning program was also carried out with the participation of 100 associates from all Jetwing properties in Negombo.

Jetwing Lagoon celebrated World Environment Day together with Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre at Dungalpitiya; where a lecture was conducted on the importance of the Negombo Lagoon and Muthurajawela Wetland and how we can protect them. More than 100 children participated for lecture.

Jetwing St. Andrew's organized the ‘Parisara Hapannu’ program to appreciate the efforts of students who had actively participated in environmental conservation projects and to further encourage them to learn and understand their level of responsibility in minimizing impacts to the environment. The ceremony was organized for students from Madduma Bandara College which is one of Jetwing St. Andrew’s foster schools. Over the past two years, Jetwing St. Andrew’s has conducted 12 lecture sessions, numerous tree planting activities and nature tours for the students as well as supported in the construction of a fruit orchard at the school in 2014.

Twenty five students from Sigiriya Digampathana School, visited Jetwing Vil Uyana’s Loris conservation site and participated for a tree planting program and a presentation on 'Biodiversity, wetland concept and environment value of Jetwing Vil Uyana' to celebrate the World Environment Day. And associates of Jetwing Yala, organized a road cleanup and tree planting program to commemorate the day.

Earth Hour 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Earth Hour is an annual global campaign organized by the World Wild Life Fund for Nature (WWF) in order to encourage individuals, societies, businesses and governments to combat climate change. On Saturday, the 28th of March 2014, at 8.30pm, millions of people from around the world turned off their lights for Earth Hour, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

In 2012, Jetwing Hotels were the first Sri Lankan hotel chain to switch off their lights for Earth Hour and each year, Jetwing’s support and involvement in Earth Hour has grown stronger. For Jetwing, the symbolic hour of switching off non-essential lighting is merely one of the many activities planned across our hotels, with a variety of events organized to promote positive environmental action and raise awareness amongst school children, our associates and hotel guests alike.

This year, Jetwing St. Andrew’s in Nuwara Eliya, organized a cultural show for the guests featuring fire dancers in celebration of the occasion. While all public areas in the hotel were lit by lamps and lanterns during Earth Hour, a candle-lit dinner was served for the guests at the Old Course Restaurant accompanied by oriental music. In addition a special bicycle with its dynamo modified to produce electricity which was set up in the hotel restaurant to light an Earth Hour symbol and saw the enthusiastic participation of associates and guest alike.

Jetwing Vil Uyana commemorated the event by lighting a special Earth Hour symbol over the water of the hotel’s lake. Associates of the hotel also conducted a novel, cookery demonstration by use of traditional fire hearths.

Associates of Jetwing Lagoon conducted a public lecture at the Thalahena School, on ‘Energy saving in day to day life’ for the villagers and school children, with the support of Thalahena church parish and Thalahena Junior School. In addition the hotel also carried out a Coconut tree planting program in the newly developed beach area.

Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Sea in Negombo and Jetwing Lighthouse and Jetwing Yala in the south of the island also actively participated in Earth Hour. While all public areas in the hotel were lit by lamps and lanterns, candle-lit dinners were served in hotels’ restaurant during the switch off period.

World Tourism Day 2014

Oct 15, 2014

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27th. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. In line with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Community Development’, Jetwing Hotels, marked the occasion with social programmes covering the regions where the brand is present.

In a move to help protect and conserve historical sites, for last year’s celebrations, Jetwing Vil Uyana in collaboration with Jetwing Travels donated 20 concrete disposal bins to be installed at the historic Dambulla Cave Temple; as was done at the Sigiriya World Heritage Site the previous year. In continuation of the same programme, this year, Jetwing Vil Uyana repaired and replaced the damaged garbage bins at the Heritage Site. A shramadana campaign was also organized at the Heritage Site with the help of Jetwing Vil Uyana Associates, Sri Lanka Air Force and Associates of Central Cultural Fund, followed by an awareness program for the Site guides and helpers with a guest lecture by Dr. Prashantha Perera. In addition, the day’s programme included the opening the new Loris Information and Educational center at Jetwing Vil Uyana - Loris Conservation Site.

To commemorate World Tourism Day, in Negombo, associates of Jetwing Lagoon, conducted an awareness programme for tuk-tuk drivers with sessions on basic etiquette and manners, and the history of Negombo; and Jetwing Sea together with Pan Asia Bank donated garbage bins to the Bambukuliya - John de Baptist College, with the aim of encouraging school children to keep their environment clean.

Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya had two events planned for the day: an awareness programme for Home Science students from Madduma Bandara School and Gamini Vidyalaya on ‘Opportunities/Careers in the Hospitality Industry’ and a practical bird watching session in Victoria Park for city guides, with the support of the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council.

In the south of the island, associates of Jetwing Yala took the opportunity to educate and make aware a group of students from the Sri Dewananda Collage, Yodakandiya, on the sustainable practices followed at the hotel to conserve the environment.

World Environment Day 2014

Jun 20, 2014

For more than 40 years, World Environment Day has been hosted every year by a different city under a different theme on the 5th of June. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and first held the following year, World Environment Day is "a global day for positive environmental action" and encourages individuals to become agents of change in support of sustainable and equitable development. This year on the 5th of June, Jetwing Hotels demonstrated its commitment to the environment and community with events organized at each of the properties.

At Jetwing Blue a lecture on Global warming was conducted by Dr. Jayantha Waththewithana (Senior Lecture, Department of Zoology of Open University). The lecture was attended by 123 participants, which included associates of other Jetwing properties in Negombo, taxi drives and beach vendors. In addition, associates of Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Beach along with in-house guests planted Mangrove saplings around the Sand Pond, in commemoration of World Environment Day. On the following day, an awareness program was carried out for the students of Kochchikade Maha Vidyalaya and Palangathure Kanishta Vidyalaya, by the Resident Naturalist.

Jetwing Lagoon celebrated World Environment Day by educating more than 100 school children about the importance of the Negombo lagoon and the Muthurajawela wetlands. With the assistance of the Ministry of Education, students from schools located within close proximity to the Hotel (Thalahena Junior School, Basiyawatthe Junior School, Dungalpitiya Junior School, and Kapungoda Maha Vidyalaya) were invited for the event. The students also had the opportunity to witness the award winning environment management practices carried out at Jetwing Lagoon, and were explained on how to adopt some of these practices in their schools and homes. Associates of Jetwing Lagoon also planted medicinal plants commemorating the start of hotels’ herbal garden.

A tree planting programme and lecture was organized by Jetwing St. Andrew’s along with the ‘Parisara Niyamubata’ society, for students of Madduma Bandara School and Gamini Vidyalaya. The lecture on 'Small Islands and Climate Change’ was delivered by the Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrews.

Associates of Jetwing Yala participated in planting trees in vacant areas of the hotel premises. Associates representing all departments participated in this event, with a tree being dedicated to each department. Prior to the start of the program a brief introduction was given on the importance of World Environment Day and the events carried out at Jetwing hotels over the years to celebrate this particular day.

In commemoration of World Environment Day, tree planting programs were also carried out within the premises of Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, Jetwing Sea and Jetwing Vil Uyana; with the participation of in-house guests and hotel associates.

Earth Hour 2014

May 05, 2014

On Saturday, the 29th of March 2014, at 8.30pm, millions of people from around the world turned off their lights for Earth Hour, an international campaign initiated by the World Wild Life Fund for Nature (WWF) in order to inspire individuals, societies, businesses and governments to combat climate change.

In 2012, Jetwing Hotels were the first Sri Lankan hotel chain to switch off their lights for Earth Hour and each year, Jetwing’s support and involvement in Earth Hour has grown stronger. For Jetwing, the symbolic hour of switching off non-essential lighting is merely one of the many activities planned across our hotels, with a variety of events organized to promote positive environmental action and raise awareness amongst school children, our associates and hotel guests alike.

In Negombo, Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Beach organized a cultural show for the guests featuring fire dancers and conducted a presentation on global warming for students of Kochchikade Maha Vidyalaya. Associates of Jetwing Sea also conducted a presentation on sustainability and energy saving practices for students of Bambukuliya John De Baptist College. Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions conducted a tree planting program with the participation of their guests and Jetwing Lagoon organized a special programme to encourage hotel associates to purchase energy saving LED lighting for their personal use at a discounted rate.

At Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, a free Loris watching excursion was conducted for the guests by the resident naturalist, who also conducted a presentation and lecture on best environmental practices to students of Kimbissa Maha Vidyalaya. Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya, organised a tree planting program with the participation of students from Madduma Bandara Vidyalaya.

In the south of the island, Jetwing Lighthouse organized a cultural show for the guests featuring fire dancers and associates of Jetwing Yala, conducted a clean-up of the beach along the Hotel, in commemoration of Earth Hour.