The hotel concept of the hour
Sustainable hotels are more in demand than ever. Clearly, opting for a green lifestyle at home will also affect people's search for a hotel. Consuming consciously, thinking sustainably and acting in an environmentally friendly way – these are principles that a lot of people use to navigate their lives.
A sustainable concept is a must-have for any hotel that wants to be the green consumers first port of call. Converting the business to a sustainable model and communicating this makes absolute sense. Hotels that integrate sustainable principles and measures into their day-to-day activities will remain competitive and will win over green travellers thanks to their contribution to environmental protection.
Some people might be surprised to find out that this isn't just about private travellers. In the corporate world it is increasingly common to hear: "No sustainable policy? Count us out!" It is simply assumed that employees will be staying overnight or attending conferences at eco-friendly establishments – and will make protecting the environment a key priority, in line with their own corporate guidelines.
Green hotel concepts are winning concepts. The following success stories are excellent examples. Take a look, get inspired and discover new perspectives for eco-tourism!
You need to have a vision: as one of the pioneers of the environmentally friendly hotel industry, the Six Senses in Yoa Noi, Thailand (there are also Six Senses in Turkey, Portugal, the Maldives, etc.) has made a name for itself. Since its foundation in 1995, the resort has been considered a textbook example of a sustainable hotel. Environmental awareness and sustainability are embedded deep within its DNA.
A simple glance at its architecture conveys the message that mindfulness played a large part in its design. The resort blends particularly harmoniously into its surroundings and playfully references the local culture. The materials used are almost exclusively from sustainable sources, and add a distinctive character to the boutique hotel's design.
Talking of distinctive: green travellers can also have unique product experiences here. Six Senses, the in-house spa brand, and the hotel's home-grown food ensure that guests will be delighted by every aspect of their stay.
With more than 5,000 hotels in all five continents, Hilton Worldwide is one of the most important companies in the hotel and catering industry. And each of its hotels is particularly committed to implementing measures to protect the environment. Most notably: the Hilton in Milan. The hotel has also set new green standards in its kitchens with the use of intelligent dishwashing technology.
Indeed, the M-iQ flight type dishwashing machine from MEIKO not only offers a high degree of hygiene and safety, but is also incredibly economical. Just under 13,000 covers are washed clean each month in a particularly ecological manner. Because efficiency and balancing resources are inspiring – as is the M-iQ professional dishwasher.
The hotel's new M-iQ slashed monthly detergent costs by two-thirds and energy consumption fell from 47 kWh to around 22 kWh. The Hilton Milan calculated that the initial investment in Meiko technology would be recouped in just three years. The hotel is also spending 50% less on maintenance than with the previous machine.
In the UK: Meiko dishwashing is the preferred choice for Hilton’s large scale systems and M-iQ flight and rack dishwashers and UPster K rack transport machines are being installed on a replacement basis as and when required. M-iQ machines cut consumption of materials and energy by 30 per cent. Heat recovery is integral to the UPster K rack machines, helping to deliver savings of around 22 per cent, compared to Meiko's previous generation of machines.
Heat recovery to enhance air qualitiy and energy efficiency
As a manufacturer of professional dishwashing technology and cleaning and disinfection technology, MEIKO is conscious of its special responsibility in relation to environmental protection. This is why the company focuses on effective, resource-efficient technology when manufacturing its products. The result: highly durable products and an impressive range of energy saving options.
Why not join us in adopting sustainability as a factor for success? MEIKO offers its support to hotels in the process of becoming even more sustainable. The use of resource-efficient MEIKO products makes sense with regard to running costs, part from anything else.
The existing dishwasher was using between 200 and 230 kW/hour, which matched the consumption of the rest of the hotel!
“We were quite prepared to balance the initial purchase cost with the potential annual running costs and wanted a comparison to give us a true picture of the cost of owning the new dishwasher," said the hotel.
"Meiko's response was clear and concise and showed that the Meiko machine would pay for itself in year three or four."
Restaurant refurbishment included a new M-iQ rack transport dishwasher from Meiko. The Chief Engineer complimented Meiko’s detailed cost projections, which illustrated clear gains in sustainability including significant reductions in power, water and chemicals consumption, compared to the existing dishwash system from another manufacturer. "The quotation came with a detailed projection of energy savings which in turn provided a clear return on investment."
Electricity: Meiko M-iQ £3.29/hr. Existing: £6.02/hr.
Water consumption costs (£/hr.): Meiko M-iQ: £0.74 Existing £1.44
Detergent costs (£/hr.): Meiko M-iQ: £0.78 Existing: £3.08
Consumers all over the world are increasingly asking about the origin and production conditions of the products and services that they consume. This is why the future belongs to sustainable hotel concepts in the tourism sector. Resource-saving technologies such as professional dishwashing solutions help hotels increase their sustainability and they help hoteliers to prepare their business for the future.