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AC Hotel Kingston labours in Rae Town

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:26 AM
AC Kingston Hotel staff share lens time during their Labour Day project in Rae Town.
AC Kingston Hotel staff share lens time during their Labour Day project in Rae Town.

The all-new AC Hotel Kingston has led its first community-enhancement project prior to its opening, which is scheduled for June 2019.

Team members of AC Hotel Kingston, along with community members, gathered on Labour Day to improve the children’s park located in Rae Town, downtown Kingston, enhancing the lives of over 3,000 community members.

Over 100 volunteers, including members of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kingston and the Sandals Foundation, joined the initiative to help make the project a success. The project featured a vibrant and playful mural by students of the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts. The mural, which is 850 square feet, was designed to encourage a sense of family and community to anyone passing by.

Other project activities included repairs to playground equipment, installation of benches, clean-up and bushing of the park.

“This project will be the first of many for AC Hotel Kingston. We take great pride in being the first AC Hotel by Marriott© to be launched in the Caribbean region, and one of our top priorities is to do our part in developing the communities we call home,” stated general manager Koen Hietbrink.

The outreach efforts of AC Hotel Kingston go beyond giving back to the local communities. The hotel is concerned with the environment on a whole, said a media release from the property.

Accordingly, energy-efficient windows to the solar panels that power the building, the hotel says, are purposefully designed in dedication to minimising its carbon footprint. The hotel has also installed a rainwater ­catchment system as part of its water-­conservation efforts.

AC Hotel Kingston is part of the Marriott brand, which, through its Serve 360 Sustainability and Social Impact Program, is committed to doing good in every direction. “We look forward to developing our Serve 360 Program in order to promote sustainability and community growth on both a micro and macro level, from the locally made artwork and furniture that stylishly grace the hotel to our community outreach programme,”, continued Hietbrink.