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Sustainability has become an essential aspect in the hospitality sector in recent times as it offers multi-pronged advantages.

Sustainability and digitization come together in Schneider Electric’s Innovation Day where the focus was on ‘Building Smart Hotels’. The daylong event held at Jaipur Marriott Hotel was moderated by Bibhor Srivastava, Managing Director, ITP Media India.

The esteemed panel included Anupam Bhardwaj, Senior General Manager-OEM Sales, Schneider Electric, Chandrashekhar Joshi, General Manager, The Leela Palace Jaipur, Rajiv Kapoor, General Manager, Fairmont Jaipur, Rishi Mattu, General Manager, ITC Rajputana Jaipur, Saji Joseph, General Manager, Alila Fort Bishangarh and Sanjay Kaushik, Senior Regional Director, Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group.

The most important reason why sustainability is the trump card for hoteliers is that it leads to significant cost savings, in the long run, coupled with resource efficiency. Moreover, when eco-travel has become a way of life, it is a great way to attract and retain guests.  

COVID has accelerated digitization and has helped operations become more efficient. “COVID gave us time to do things we had not done before, and digitisation came first. We went into 360-degree virtual tours of the hotel and apps got upgraded to booking table reservations and takeaways.

Schneider has committed that its plants will be carbon neutral by 2025 and by 2030 there will be net zero emissions.

Going green is no longer being seen as an option and technology is becoming a key enabler of the solution.

Read the full story that first appeared in Hotelier India’s July 2022 issue here:

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