NEW SITUATION:” Ivory sold openly in Saudi Mövenpick Hotel” / PLEASE NOTE THE NEW INFORMATION HERE:

MÖVENPICK MADE A STATEMENT, I WANT TO SAY IT PUBLICLY.

I didn´t controlled  this message, so it is my duty, to publish the comment of MÖVENPICK: And as I could see, it´s a serious Focus for MÖVENPICK

I excuse me, I feel very sorry –

“Statement from Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts regarding an article about the sales of ivory in our hotels.

Wild Travel Magazine, specifically its online outlet wildlifeextra.com, has published an article asserting that the Anwar Al Madinah Mövenpick Hotel is selling ivory on its premises.

This accusation is incorrect. In fact, the video shown has been filmed in an independent shopping mall which is partly merging into the hotel building, partly separate. The mall and all shops are not managed by us, nor are we responsible for or involved in the lease of any shops.

The management of the hotel is not in any way related to this incident. However, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts takes this very seriously, since sustainable practices are at the heart of our business. Our hotel management have taken immediate initiative and spoken to the shopping mall management. The management has promised to investigate further and will approach the shop owners. We will continue to monitor the situation and express our concerns with all involved to push for an appropriate resolution.”

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Zurich, 1st November 2013

19 thoughts on “NEW SITUATION:” Ivory sold openly in Saudi Mövenpick Hotel” / PLEASE NOTE THE NEW INFORMATION HERE:

  1. Statement from Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts regarding an article about the sales of ivory in our hotels.

    Wild Travel Magazine, specifically its online outlet wildlifeextra.com, has published an article asserting that the Anwar Al Madinah Mövenpick Hotel is selling ivory on its premises.

    This accusation is incorrect. In fact, the video shown has been filmed in an independent shopping mall which is partly merging into the hotel building, partly separate. The mall and all shops are not managed by us, nor are we responsible for or involved in the lease of any shops.

    The management of the hotel is not in any way related to this incident. However, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts takes this very seriously, since sustainable practices are at the heart of our business. Our hotel management have taken immediate initiative and spoken to the shopping mall management. The management has promised to investigate further and will approach the shop owners. We will continue to monitor the situation and express our concerns with all involved to push for an appropriate resolution.

    Zurich, 1st November 2013

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    1. I commented on this at my blog:

      So, here is a reaction by the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts corporation.

      They claim the dead elephants’ teeth selling shop is “partly merging into the hotel building, partly separate.” So, a pretty complex construction making it not really transparent who exactly is responsible.

      However, it seems that the negative publicity on this blog and elsewhere is beginning to work. Now, one should hope for not only words in official statements, but for action as well.

      http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/ivory-sold-openly-in-saudi-movenpick-hotel/comment-page-1/#comment-99247

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      1. But, read the last sentences, pleae: “The management has promised to investigate further and will approach the shop owners. We will continue to monitor the situation and express our concerns with all involved to push for an appropriate resolution.”
        Perhaps they really would make efforts to Change the worst Situation there!
        Please, be so Kind, what do You mean with: “However, it seems that the negative Publicity on this blog….beginning to work…? Do You mean my blog(s) here?
        It would make me grieving, but if/when Your meaning is true, is a fact, then I stop immediately
        to write Blogs here.
        it´s so hard to fight here – I am a very shy, introverted human being, it´s so hard for me
        to make my opinion publicly.
        But: I never, never, want to hurt somebody, no human, no animal, no nature….

        Love, Dear Kitty:
        Annamaria

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    2. Dear Sir,
      Thank You for Your letter.´
      I have to trust journalists writing about certain themes.
      I excuse me for writing a false Report after reading
      a false Report.
      I´ll immediately cleanse my blog from this Report.
      But I ask You politely to let me Blogging Your comment,
      in order to bring the truth here in.
      With my best regards:
      Dr. Annamaria Grabowski
      Please, note, I have no financial interests in Blogging –
      I even have no Donation-logo.

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  2. Thank you for posting our statement on your blog. We appreciate your initiative to rectify this story.
    Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

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  3. Dear Annamaria,

    The situation looks like this. As the video and the Wildlife Extra article say:

    1. There is an ivory shop in Madinah.

    2. it is in the Mövenpick hotel complex of buildings.

    Mövenpick does not deny this.

    Then, the maker of the video and Wildlife Extra site claim that

    “Promotion for this shop involves leaving booklets in each hotel room promoting the shop.”

    The Mövenpick statement does not deny that.

    What they DO deny is that they own the shop space; based on that one point, they call the whole Wildlife Extra article “false”.

    If something would be 100% false, then one might expect Mövenpick to do nothing about it. Yet, they write in their statement that they have done now something, contacting the mall management, which they had not done before, all the time when this shop existed (and, according to the maker of the video, the hotel management should have known about it from booklets promoting that shop in all hotel rooms). So, the Wildlife Extra article DID set something into motion which would not have happened otherwise.

    You have what Wildlife Extra says. You have what Mövenpick says. To know the truth here about who is wrong and who is right one would probably have to be able to read property documents in Saudi Arab legalese.

    All the best for you and your blog, Annamaria!

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    1. Dear Kitty,
      thank You for searching exactly!
      You are right what You found out –
      only a Little hope stay that
      Mövenpick became a Little disturbed
      – by social-media now!
      Annamaria
      with my best for You!

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      1. Thank you, annaria, for your kind wishes! I hope that the Internet publicity will lead to the closure of this shop; as both Mövenpick/Nestlé and the Saudi authorities will not like getting bad publicity.

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      2. Dear Kitty, excuse me,Ieven dontknow Your Name! I am not sure … I could see, that some People more read this blog about Mvenpick! And Mr. oder Ms. Payapa ….. wrote again, said thank You to me! Oha! I wish, we had made a lot of Trouble for/to him and his ivory-elephant-torture- Business-partaking! Or, perhaps they think a Little about These wonderful animals! Good wishes, again, to You! Annamaria

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