There’s a hotel in a beautiful and exotic location that is setting the bar for social responsibility and community development. It’s called the Nihiwatu Hotel located on Sumba Island in Indonesia. In 2016, Travel and Leisure Magazine deemed it the #1 Hotel in the World (nihi.com). But this hotel is not only concerned with leisure and hospitality. This hotel is taking steps towards improving the healthcare and education of the surrounding residents in a place where poverty easily thrives. They contribute directly to the Sumba Foundation which, in addition to the aforementioned challenges that face the inhabitants of the island, also works towards providing clean water, eliminating malaria, and promoting economic growth. The foundation benefits directly from a sponsorship from the hotel which is owned by billionaire Chris Burch.
Chris Burch is an experienced entrepreneur who has had his hand in the generation of over 50 companies over the last 40 years. As CEO of Burch Creative Capital, his investment philosophy reflects his penchant for creativity, imagination, and positivity. He has a knack for understanding consumer behavior and innovation. Currently, his company is involved in lifestyle brands including products such as home furnishings and apparel.
More about his company at http://www.burchcreativecapital.com/
Over the years, Chris Burch has invested in many luxury real estate opportunities in Palm Beach, Florida, and Southampton, New York. He helped with the development of the Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which features modern art, spectacular architecture, and gourmet dining. Ellen DeGeneres entrusted him to help launch her lifestyle brand in 2014 which features clothing, shoes, and accessories. ED is the name of Ellen’s brand which donates profits from t-shirt sales to protect endangered gorillas in Rwanda. In 2014, Chris Burch launched Cocoon9, a brand of luxury prefab houses that feature advanced design, efficient floor plans, and energy saving features. The one thing that seems to keep resurfacing in his career is that there is a thread of social responsibility woven through nearly everything he does.
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