The eco friendly hotel of tomorrow
Even before COVID-19 turned things upside down, many hoteliers were determined to reduce their carbon print by introducing new energy saving technology, sustainable strategies and so on. Thankfully, the recent advances in technology make it achievable for hotels to put into practice an eco friendly strategy that not only took care of the environment but also helped minimise costs in maintaining their properties.
Green travellers are eco- friendly people/guests and cherish certain values when staying in a green hotel/s. They are quick to take cognisance of the genuine efforts taken by the hotel to stay truly eco-friendly and will not be loathe to spend their money for that unforgettable experience in a green, yet comfortable surroundings. Nowadays, an increasing number of travellers support sustainability actions, such as reducing waste, recycling, reduction of water and energy consumption, conservation of natural resources etc.
To make a hotel eco friendly and welcoming, interior and exterior designing of a hotel is imperative. This can improve the guest experience enormously, enhance customer loyalty and strengthen the brand of that hotel significantly. And even those guests who are not so inclined towards going eco or green would not fail to recognise and even appreciate the fact that that the hotel has taken the route towards embracing a carbon print of sustainability - as a value added service.
Remember, the demand for a sustainable and eco friendly practice in the hospitality industry is as strong as it was yesterday – even more so today. Therefore, when introducing a green carbon print in your property do it right. Some key points for designing and operating an eco friendly hotel would be to consider :-
Keep in mind that the central aspects of a hotel’s appearance are the interior design and the functionality of the property, not just the aesthetic concealment of the interior design itself. For hotels located in large areas of nature’s landscape, the overall architectural design must align with the environment and the outdoors and activities must harmonise – not be disruptive and blend with the nature, like birds for example and their habitat.
The bottom line is not only driving up the profitability but coming up with smart and innovative ideas of interior design improves the operations of your hotel also by giving that guest experience beyond aesthetics.
Mehroon Wahab is currently Director Sales & Administration for Hospitality Sri Lanka. She was a former media representative for Spa Asia, and it was during her tenure that the Singapore based magazine published a 14-page feature on Sri Lankan Spas.