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Launching this initiative earlier this month, Hong Kong’s very own Ovolo Hotels has become the first hotel group in the world to convert to fully vegetarian across all its restaurants, bars and food services for an entire year – dubbing it the “Year of the Veg”.

For us in the 852, where Ovolo Central and Ovolo Southside can be found, this commitment to plant-based dining began with the debut of VEDA at Ovolo Central almost two years ago – the first all-veggie hotel restaurant in Hong Kong.

Over at Ovolo Southside, Komune is now also meat free, and the boutique hotel in Wong Chuk Hang will soon open another new vegetarian eatery to add to its roster.

Ovolo Group founder and CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala explains, “Dining out – enjoying quality food and wine with good company – is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We want to be conscious about what we’re consuming and practise sustainability as much as we can because we believe this can have an enormous impact on the environment and humanity at large. To that end, we’re evolving our food offerings so that our guests can continue enjoying great dining experiences in a more sustainable manner.”

The plant-based revolution extends to Ovolo’s hotels in Australia, and even room service at all Ovolo locations will be vegetarian for the next year.

This initiative furthers the hotel group’s commitment to sustainability. Notably, Ovolo has already eliminated the use of single-use plastic straws and bathroom amenities and uses reusable woven bags for its in-room slippers.

How exciting for us that this movement and call for change is coming from a HK-based hotel group!

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