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Community targeted recruitment in India’s hotel sector

New research by the City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development looks at how Indian hotels can improve recruitment and training to help marginalised individuals from local communities access employment.  The report case-studied four hotels in Southern India that employ individuals from under-represented groups (such as local and marginalised communities) through unique recruitment and training […]

Marriott supports education initiatives in China

Marriott supports Yao Foundation with $800,000 to build three ‘Hope’ schools in rural China Marriott International has signed a three-year agreement with the Yao Foundation to support educational programmes for children in rural areas of China. The Yao Foundation is a charity organisation established in 2008 by former professional basketball star Yao Ming under the […]

Sustainability at Alila Hotels & Resorts

Last month we spoke with Mark Edleson, President of Alila Hotels & Resorts to find out how and why sustainability is on the group’s agenda With all properties approved by EarthCheck standards and a carbon-neutral headquarters, Alila Hotels & Resorts have plenty to discuss  when it comes to sustainable initiatives. Whilst there is still progress […]

Green Hotel Shower Solutions

Whilst consumer expectations around luxury bathrooms have changed, so has their environmental awareness Consumer awareness of environmental issues has evolved, leaving hotel owners with a challenge.  How can they offer an unrivalled bathroom experience, whilst reassuring guests that they are sensitive to environmental issues? This is a challenging position, complicated further by the gradually increasing […]

Sri Lanka green hotel initiative makes national impact

With just over a year to go, the three-year, EU-funded Greening Sri Lanka Hotels (GSLH) programme has established itself as the ‘main platform for tourism sustainability in Sri Lanka’, according to project director Srilal Miththapala. In addition to its original aim of supporting hotels to reduce waste, water use and energy consumption (more than 280 […]

LEED Platinum: ITC Grand Chola

In September ITC Hotels opened Grand Chola in Chennai, creating the world’s largest LEED Platinum rated hotel. Last week we spoke to the Vice President and General Manager, Mr Philippe Charraudeau to get more information about the hotel’s eco initiatives. ‘ITC Hotels’ green initiatives started life as “Welcomenviron” way back in 1993. Now all of ITC’s […]

HICAP Sustainable Award winners announced

Burba Hotel Network, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), yesterday announced the winners for the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The 23rd annual HICAP will be held 10-12 October 2012, at the InterContinental Hong Kong. Winners of the HICAP 2012 Sustainable Hotel Awards […]

Siemens tells us about how luxury and integrated technology go hand in hand

Hoteliers throughout the world are facing the need to reconcile short-term investments in infrastructure and new technologies with the long-term business goals of profitability, sustainability and investor value creation. India is emerging as one of the leading travel destinations, with the World Travel Organization forecasting increases in tourism year on year of almost 9 percent, […]

Hainan Island: from exile to idyll

Hainan Island is being rapidly transformed from an isolated outpost to the next desirable destination for holidaymakers, but are the new developments following sustainable development practices, asks Hannah Gardner China’s most southerly province, Hainan Island, was once a place of exile for political prisoners and disgraced officials. Separated from mainland China by the Qiongzhou Strait […]