Ramada Princess Hands Over TV Sets to Social Homes Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure then how many can benefit from a hotel’s “trash”?

In May of this year, the Princess Hotel officially became known as the Ramada Belize City Princess. That is because the Turkish owned Princess International Limited signed a marketing agreement to use the internationally acclaimed Ramada brand. As part of the agreement, Princess agreed to invest in a complete upgrade of its services and facilities. The hotel staff must be trained continuously to keep up with international standards. The 160 plus rooms are being redecorated to reach Ramada standards. The redecoration includes the insertion of better quality tables, towels, linens and bathroom materials including soaps, shampoo and other sanitary products. Television sets have been replaced in each room by new models of high definition LED systems. Therefore, the hotel has over 160 television sets that it will no longer use and the question presented to Sudi Ozkan, Chairman of Princess International, was what to do with the old television sets.

Ozkan told Erol Olcan, General Manager of Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, to donate the televisions to organizations in the community that work with people in need. Therefore, on Thursday, July 10, the hotel handed over television sets to the Belize Red Cross, Dorothy Menzies Childcare Center, Sister Cecelia Home, Mount Zion Methodist Church, National 4H Foundation and the Salvation Army. More than 160 televisions will be distributed to those organizations. Olcan says the hotel has always been a good corporate citizen because it is “not only serving guests coming from outside of the country but is also serving the community”.  

The complete transition to meet Ramada standards is expected to take another six months. Olcan says it is a lot of work. In addition to the refurbishment of 160 rooms, there will also be new elevators, kitchen, restaurant and laundry. According to Olcan, the main purpose of the partnership is for Princess to benefit from the global marketing of the Ramada brand. The Belize City Princess will now be featured on Ramada’s global reservation system which should attract more customers to the hotel (and tourists to Belize). Ramada operates more than 1000 hotels in 53 countries worldwide under the Wyndham Group.