Palma de Majorca, 25 April 2018

RIU Hotels joins Gran Canaria's “Second Forestry Revolution“ by planting 100 trees

  • The “We Plant Consciences“ reforestation campaign received support from the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation and the City Hall of Gran Canaria.
  • More than 40 island boys and girls, the majority of them children of RIU Hotels employees, did the work of planting the seedlings in the Finca de Osorio de Teror nature park.

RIU Hotels & Resorts wanted to plant its own seed in the “Second Forestry Revolution“ on the island of Gran Canaria by planting 100 trees in the Finca de Osorio de Teror nature park. The 'We Plant Consciences' flora regeneration campaign, sponsored entirely by RIU Hotels, received support from the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation and the City Hall of Gran Canaria.

The tree planters were 40 young people between the ages of 8 and 18 who, under the leadership of the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation, the Limonium Canarias environmental education company and gardeners from RIU, planted one hundred acebiño (ilex canariensis) and palo blanco (picconia excelsa) trees, two laurisilva species native to the area. The children and adolescents, the majority children of RIU Hotels employees, received training as Climate Justice Ambassadors by attending an environmental education workshop with theoretical and practical activities.

These trees, which occupy a 1,200-m2 area, are part of the “Second Forestry Revolution“ launched in February by the City Hall of Gran Canaria and 21 other city halls on the island. A macro-project based on reforestation and forest-fire prevention actions that involves planting 43,000 trees over 154 hectares.

RIU Hotels, a company that is very engaged in the protection of biodiversity and the natural habitats of the destinations where it operates, has joined the Plant-for-the-Planet “Rural Climate“ pact, of which “We Plant Consciences“ is just the first step. Catalina Alemany, manager of the Corporate Social Responsibility area at the hotel chain, states that “these 100 trees are just the beginning of a series of environmental actions we are organising in Gran Canaria and in which we hope not only all our employees but all Gran Canarians will participate.”

The event was attended by the director of the environmental council of Gran Canaria, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, who thanked the children for their involvement in the activities and encouraged them to work for a more sustainable future in which they will be the leaders. Likewise, he thanked RIU “for its engagement with the ecosystem of Gran Canaria, which goes beyond this act”, and expressed appreciation for its “commitment to the environment”.

About RIU Hotels & Resorts

The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation. The company specialises in holiday resorts and over 70% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 93 hotels in 19 countries which welcome over 4,5 million guests a year and provide jobs for a total of 29,985 employees. RIU is currently the world's 35th ranked chain, one of the Caribbean's most popular, the 4th largest in Spain in terms of revenue and the fourth largest in number of rooms.