With the growing emphasis on the environment protection and increasing awareness among the consumers about the importance of sustainability, “green technology” is something that is gaining wide popularity in the hospitality industry. It involves all initiatives that involve eco-friendly innovations, energy efficiency and sustainable and smart building designs. More and more hotels, including the mid-size hotels(depending on affordability), are adopting green technology nowadays. Some of the examples of ways in which they’re doing so are: several hotels are using wireless thermostats that can sense movement and occupancy in a room and can then adjust the room temperature settings automatically. This helps in saving both costs and energy. Many hotels are making active use of electronic documentation between different departments and within management, thereby reducing the paper consumption significantly.
Although most of the green technologies are being actively adopted only by top-tier hotels due to the affordability factor, there are certain innovations happening in this field which will soon make these technologies affordable for even small and mid-size properties. Technology, without doubt, plays a significant role in almost all aspects of hotel operations. From simple improvements in telecommunication systems to complete utilization of property management systems, technology makes life easier both for hotel staff and guests.