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Leisure is the time when you are not working and you can relax and do things that you enjoy. If someone does something at leisure or at their leisure, they enjoy themselves by doing it when they want to, without hurrying.

A hotel’s business mix is commonly comprised of a different percentage of segments, such as business and leisure travellers. These segments of travellers are two separate entities that have different wants, needs, and travel patterns. A better understanding of your business mix of leisure and business travellers can ultimately lead to more success for your hotel if action is taken according to their preferences. Here are some crucial points to understand about business and leisure travellers and a few ways for hoteliers to cater to these two segments.

To have a successful business, it is crucial to understand the needs and wants of your customers. The same concept applies for hotels, as it is not only essential to acknowledge your guests’ preferences, but also to understand the differences of your business and leisure traveller segments. By better understanding your business mix, hoteliers can market to these different segments with greater effectiveness. Taking the time to understand and research the differences of your business mix, such as business and leisure travellers, can only help to improve your hotel’s influence on guests. You achieve this by providing them with what they truly want in their travel experience.

If we don´t look after it, in some years our world won´t be the same as we know it today. That’s why every day we are more aware about how important some habits as recycling, re-using certain objects or using public transport are. We are progressively integrating these new routines in our daily life but… what about during our holidays?

Sustainable hotels are usually designed respecting the environment and the area where they’re located. In many occasions, they implement to their facilities efficient lighting systems, low pressure water installations and try to generate their own energy.

In addition to this concern for the environment, eco-friendly hotels also try to fit in the area and help the community by consuming local products and services. This way, not only nature but also society is benefited.

Reducing consumption in order to not leave a mark

For a hotel to be considered sustainable, it must fulfill at least one of the following practices or features:

For hotel owners and managers to stand up for one or some of these practices proves their will to run their business respecting the environment and its surroundings

According to UNWTO, tourism is responsible for 5% of the global CO2 emissions. Of this percentage, 20% belongs to hotels, mainly based on their use of heating, air conditioning, bar and restaurant refrigeration and pool heating.

Sustainable hotels try to have the lesser impact in the world as possible. This is their main motto. For them to succeed in this mission would mean that the planet, as we know it today, would live for many years and would be a better place for future generations.

These improvements can include non-toxic housekeeping practices, the use of renewable energy, organic soaps, energy-efficient light fixtures, and recycling programs. It is beneficial for these hotels to get certain certifications in order to be environmentally compliant. One beneficial certification specifically for hotels is the LEED certification. A LEED-certified hotel provides benefits to the environment through energy efficient practices. An eco-hotel should follow a set of best practices in order to do their part to benefit the environment.

Importance Of Eco-Friendly Hotels

1. Energy conservation

A hotel unquestionably would have a large expenditure of energy. Particularly in the zones of lighting, air conditioning, and water heating. By adopting the concept of green living, you can find various other eco-friendly alternatives for this. This includes options like solar power and wind power. In both cases, energy is produced from renewable resources and subsequently don’t have any negative impact on nature.
A lot of energy consumption will be lessened because of the switching to LED lights, energy-saving air conditioners and televisions, and energy efficient hotel kitchen and laundry appliances.

2. Support to the local people

The local farmers of the area would be benefitted much due to the usage of their locally grown foods by these eco-friendly hotels. It would also reduce the consumption of other energy resources that would have otherwise been required for the transport of food. Henceforth, decreases the emission of carbon as well.

3. Only eco-friendly services

Such hotels will likewise guarantee that all the utensils and dishes used are reusable
The usage of air fresheners and non-green toxic cleaning and laundry detergents like chorine and petrochemical cleaners will be avoided. Rather, Green seal certified biobased cleaning products will be used
Toilet paper, facial tissue, and towels provided by the hotel would be green seal certified

4. Ensures that only sustainable and eco-friendly resources are utilized

All the furniture will be made of sustainable materials like 100% natural latex Only linens, mattresses and towels made of natural fibers will be used Only low-VOC or non-VOC paints will be used

5. Water conservation

Though water technically is renewable and inexhaustible, we know that our mother earth consists of just 3% usable water. This is getting polluted and used up at a very high rate. So the sustainability of water as a renewable resource is questionable In eco-friendly hotels, the bathroom showers and toilets have a low-flow system. Rooms also consist of sink aerators. Hence, the wastage of water is reduced on a daily basis

6. Waste management

The eco-friendly hotels would ensure that all the room amenities used, like the toiletries, soap, and shampoo are organic and have biodegradable packaging
Plastic and paper cups will be supplanted with reusable glasses
Proper composting of food wastage instead of letting them flow to the nearby rivers or landfills The creation of eco-friendly hotels has got an enormous effect and influence on the protection of our mother earth. Alongside it, now ecotourism is one of the rapidly growing markets in the world. Individuals nowadays days are more pulled into eco-friendly lodging. As it enables them to admire and appreciate nature and its beauty. It likewise develops a feeling of contributing their bit to the protection of earth among the customers.

Hospitality Industry’s Responsibility to "Make a Difference"

The hotel industry is responsible for about 15% of the total water use in commercial and institutional buildings in the U.S. Hotels in the U.S. use an average of 25 gallons of water per room, per day for laundry alone. That’s more than 2 million gallons of water per month if you assume a 65% occupancy.

Globally there are more than 30,000 green certified hotels and ever growing. They are forging a new standard for hoteliers around the globe with their innovative ideas on building, water usage, waste planning and management. Picking a green hotel will not only help the world but it will help you become a socially responsible tourist.

What all these numbers amount to is that the hotel industry has an incredible opportunity to actually make a difference in the fight for water conservation without sacrificing profits or the quality of the guest experience. If that’s not a reason to go green, we don’t know what is.

Creating world-class hotel and leisure developments

With our hotel and resort advisory services, we take a meticulous approach to creating world-class hotel and leisure developments that exceed consumer expectations and excel, even in the most competitive of markets.

From top-end hotels and sports stadiums to health and fitness facilities, projects in this sector need to stand up to constant demand. We focus on creating exciting and innovative developments that people will want to return to time and time again.

Our extensive experience working with hospitality clients across the globe means we understand exactly what it takes to create an exceptional facility. We’ll make sure your building adheres to the strictest sustainability standards and excels in its operation. We also advise on energy use, indoor air quality or water modeling to improve your building’s performance and efficiency. In addition, our retro-commissioning services can help to enhance the value of your existing hospitality portfolio

Want a thought leader for your project? With extensive experience in this space, that’s what we help you with. Our hotel construction services (Audit Services) include:

CxA Commissioning

With our commissioning services, we support some of the leading industrial construction and development projects in the region.

Building Information Management

Our BIM services will help you design a better project.

Building Information Analytics

Our performance analytics services will help your new or already operational building work at its optimal level.

Green Building Consultants

Need a green building certification? Our experienced green building consultants help you get a green building certification like LEED, WELL, or Estidama.

Innovative Tech Solutions

Our innovation department, Alpin Innovation Labs (AILA), offers the most innovative solutions in the industrial space.

We have a strong background in providing hotel construction services (Audit Services). Some of our hotel construction projects include:

Our Case Studies

Royal Atlantis

UK Pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

“On the whole, I was delighted with Alpin’s team, their professional and friendly manner and, above all, a pragmatic consultancy approach aimed at maximizing the value of BREEAM for all stakeholders. I have no hesitation in recommending Alpin to support you in your next sustainability project or initiative.”

Ted Young,
Al Zahia Project Head on behalf of Sharjah Holding Co. PJSC and Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC

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