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InterContinental Tampa is "Raising the Bar" and Helping to Save Lives

Did you know that when you stay with us, you are also saving lives? One of the things I am most proud of about working at InterContinental Tampa, is not just the people and our culture, but the fact that we are literally saving lives every day all around the world and it’s because of our guests that we are able to do this. You may not always know what happens behind our personalized services and friendly smiles, but when you stay with us, YOU are saving lives. 

Our hotel actively participates in a program called “Clean the World.” This organization recycles used soap and shampoo from hotels into clean new soap that is distributed around the world to help prevent diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infections. Did you know that “every 10 seconds a child will die from a disease that could have been prevented simply with soap?” So after you check out of our hotel, our staff will recycle the used soap and half used bottles of Shampoo, where it then gets shipped off to a “Clean the World” plant in Orlando.

I recently traveled to Orlando, FL to attend the Pharma Forum 2012 and had a wonderful opportunity to partake in a free CSR activity as part of the conference offerings, at the “Clean the World” operations plant. I thought what better way to represent our hotel and to see what happens with our used donations. I can’t even begin to explain the feeling I had when I walked into the plant. I just wanted to dive right in and start scraping soap and packaging up shampoos to get them to where they needed to go. It was a small operation, but makes such a huge impact. I noticed a very large sign with their logo hanging on the wall and around it they had all of the countries they have distributed soap to. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my husband’s country flag of Uruguay up there. I felt such an emotional connection and stopped to think about all of the people that work or stay in our hotel(s) and all the different countries they come from, made me want to help on their behalf too. It was probably one of the most rewarding days of my life. Not only did I help save lives, but the “bonding” experience with new people and meeting planners was priceless. 

So, how did you spend your Earth Day? Did you “pay it forward?” If you stayed with us, you did!   

InterContinental Tampa
4860 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33609
P: 813.286.4050 F: 813.286.4051
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