Uga Escapes in Sri Lanka and Kuoni teamed up to run a beach clean as part of Make Holidays Greener’s Big Beach Clean campaign at their Uga Jungle Beach property. Having taken part in the campaign, the general manager of Uga Jungle Beach, Mr V.A. Sivapriyan wants to continue to run regular beach cleans throughout the year to keep the beach environment as clean as possible.
Below, we hear from staff at Kuoni UK and the hotel…
Jemma Purvis, PR Kuoni UK
“When the Travel Foundation contacted Kuoni UK about their latest campaign to Make Holidays Greener, we jumped at the chance.
I had recently come back from Sri Lanka and had been staying at UGA hotels along the east coast, which are all set in stunning locations surrounded by natural beauty. One thing I did notice however is that when you ventured further along the beach away from the hotel there was some litter scattered around, which had clearly been washed up.
The Big Beach Clean campaign seemed like an excellent solution, so I contacted our friends at Uga Escapes who were more than willing to team up and take part in this event at their hotel, Jungle Beach in Trincomalee.”
V.A.Sivapriyan, General Manager – Uga Jungle Beach
“UGA proudly joined hands with Kuoni and the Travel Foundation to assist in preserving the beauty of these virgin beaches.
I would say the beaches of Kuchchaveli where Jungle Beach is situated, are among the most pristine beaches in Sri Lanka, as these coastal areas are devoid of any commercial or private establishments. However due to the marine pollution, there are lots of plastic objects that are constantly washed ashore, which tarnishes the natural beauty of the coast.
The beach clean was a great success and we are determined to continue this throughout the year to provide a pleasant holiday experience to our valuable guests. It will also help showcase our commitment to sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka”
Thimasha Wanasinghe, Guest Relations Executive – Uga Jungle Beach
“We informed guests at Jungle Beach about the Make Holidays Greener beach clean on the 17th June at Kuchchaveli beach, some of them were really excited and decided to take part. They joined our staff at UGA and a group of travel agents who were visiting on a trip organised and lead by Kuoni UK.
Participants started their clean-up from the entrance at two sites — north beach and south beach and worked toward the middle. They bent, squatted and kneeled on the sand to search for objects, the main culprit being plastic.
As our property is located amidst a shrub jungle that borders a lagoon, we are very conscious of keeping the environment clean. So this is a big, beautiful and extremely important initiative brought forward by the Travel Foundation to maintain a clean beach and a sustainable environment for our future generation of Sri Lanka.”