Airports are adapting as they recognise that business does not have to come to a standstill just because travel is involved.
You may delay, but time will not." Undoubtedly, United States founding father Benjamin Franklin was onto something when he uttered these words. Every day, clocks around the world tick the seconds away as millions of time-constrained business travellers waste time idly waiting for flights. This, in the airline industry, is commonly referred to as dwell time. But if one were to follow American industrialist Henry Ford's philosophy — that most people get ahead during the time others waste — then dwell time is nothing but the loss of precious seconds that could mean the difference between success and failure. With this in mind, it is no surprise airports around the world are changing, having realised that business does not have to come to a standstill just because travel is involved. Internet kiosks and 'hypercharge' power supply stations to charge laptops and cellphones were once considered revolutionary innovations at the Minneapolis—St Paul International Airport.
The hotel industry is the canary in the coal mine for the building industry. And although the canary is still breathing, its voice is hoarse and its lungs are full of carbon. A sweeping statement, perhaps, but in the past few years, hotels have increasingly come under fire for the massive amounts of resources used in the industryespecially relating to climate change. Typically, hotels use 180 litres of water per day per room. Additionally, energy usage adds up to approximately R33 billion per year. All of these areas provide opportunities for hotels to reduce their impact on the environment, and become the benchmark for the rest of the hospitality industry. Recently, South Africa has been making headlines as Cape Town's Hotel Verde, aimed to be the greenest hotel on the African continent, is taking shape. With 145 rooms, a restaurant, fitness centre, conference facilities and much more, the full-service hotel is LEED registered and pursuing a gold rating, which, once successful, will certify it as the greenest hotel in Africa. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is designed and managed by the non-profit US Green Building Council.
Welcome to Hotel Verde – Africa’s greenest hotel March 20, 2013 Against a backdrop of airliners silhouetted against the Cape’s blue skyline, domestic and international travellers will soon be able to check into the greenest hotel on the continent. Constantia-based private investors Mario and Annemarie Delicio and project engineer Andre Harms of Mowbray talk to Nelia Vivier about Hotel Verde, which rolls out its green carpet in August.
Those who attended a briefing given recently by Guy Stehlik, founder and chief executive officer, of new hotel management group, BON Hotels, were left with no doubt that the young BON Hotels’ management team has set its sights on becoming front runners in both the South African and international hospitality sectors.
Guy Stehlik, founder and CEO of Bon Hotels, has set his sights on becoming a front-runner in both the South African and international hospitality sectors.
Stehlik has revealed that he expects his hotel management group set up last year to have at least 10 hotel management contracts by the end of 2013.
And they will not be confined to Southern Africa, he says. They could be “anywhere where we can genuinely add value – the big advantage of our operation is that it certainly does not have to be confined to one territory.”