Bee Our Guest: Hotel Hives, Honey and Beekeeping Experiences Create Buzz

One in every 3 mouthfuls of food you eat can be traced back to western honey bees going about their day and doing what they were born to do. To underscore just how important their role as pollinators is, a Rhode Island Whole Foods once removed every item from the produce section that depended on the process which left less than half of the 453 stocked items on shelves. So needless to say, a good portion of the food pyramid, and most likely our survival as a species, depends on them. Which makes the news that the insects have been dying off and colonies mysteriously collapsing at an alarming rate since 2006 a real buzzkill. (Literally.)

As expected, the scientific hive mind stepped in to try to find reasons and solutions. A bit more surprisingly so did the hospitality industry. Every year a growing number of hotels around the world join the food fight. Innkeepers have turned beekeepers. Apiaries and bee-friendly gardens have popped up at hotel farms, on rooftops and in resort landscaping. Many then completed the circle of life by offering beekeeping experiences and/or using the honey or other bee biproducts in property restaurants, bars, spas and gift shops. Turns out the old saying is true: you catch more flies guests with honey than with vinegar. So, in honor of September being National Honey Month, we’ve combed through the internet and found programs, products and NHM deals that we think are the bee’s knees.

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