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BON Hotels, the recently established hotel management and marketing group, has announced that the new, eco-friendly Hotel Verde will open at Cape Town International Airport in May.The hotel has been dubbed Africa’s greenest hotel and is the group’s first management and marketing contract.
BON Hotels, the recently established hotel management and marketing group, has announced that the new, eco-friendly Hotel Verde will open at Cape Town International Airport in May. The hotel has been dubbed Africa’s greenest hotel and is the group’s first management and marketing contract. Construction began over a year ago and the hotel will offer 145 rooms, conference facilities, a restaurant and fitness centre.
Not only is Cape Town boasting the construction of the greenest hotel in Africa, but the hotel owners and operators — who are taking environmental responsibility, awareness and education very seriously — have extended the green thinking into classrooms. Hotel Verde, part of the recently launched BON Hotels, is under construction at the Cape Town International Airport vicinity. The owners, Mario and Annemarie Delicio, have initiated and funded a project allowing grade 11 art students to decorate the walls of their green hotel. The project, driven by Niklas Zimmer, art consultant and Masters graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), sees 45 grade 11 learners from various schools within the airport vicinity researching environmental responsibility and conceptualising and producing artworks in a variety of media which will form part of the hotel's art collection. Annemarie Delicio's passion for art and social upliftment is what initiated the project. She says, "Our thought behind this project was to help these students,
A REVOLUTIONARY hotel management concept is to help newly-launched BON Hotels make its mark in the cut-throat and overtraded South African hospitality sector. Launched in Cape Town recently, the new hotel management and marketing group is the brainchild of Guy Stehlik, son of Otto Stehlik, who founded the Protea Hotel Group. Stehlik says the South African hospitality industry is experiencing exceptionally tough times despite an increase in international and domestic tourism. He says more than 20% of South African hotels are unprofitable, with game lodges, five-star boutique hotels and remote country inns being the worst hit. A current oversupply of hotel rooms is only expected to even out by 2016. In this climate, BON Hotels could easily pick up management contracts, but Stehlik says the new group plans to be choosy and grow slowly. "We will only get involved where we can make a significant contribution. I believe signing up anything they could get was the downfall of hotel groups that today are either embattled or no longer exist:' BON Hotels will offer the following contracts: a 100% management service; a marketing and sales management service; and a business rescue and financial assistance service.
Touted as Africa's "greenest hotel'; the Hotel Verde near Cape Town International Airport is due to open in May. Construction began a year ago with a team of contractors and experts dedicated to transforming what was initially just a business proposition into a showcase for some of the most advanced environmentally conscious technological installations as well as construction and operation practices in the world. Mario and Annemarie Delicio of Dematech are the owners behind Hotel Verde and they have appointed Guy Stehlik's Bon Hotels to manage it. "We have a responsibility as a company, as an employer and as a visitor on this planet to live as sustainably as possible. This is the only way we can survive long-term and hand over to our children in a responsible manner," Delicio says. And the team at Hotel Verde have gone to the greatest extent yet seen on the continent — from locally sourced suppliers to sustainable practices on the building site to multiple ways in which they can generate their own electricity and reduce waste to almost zero.

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