HRAWI and CII-IGBC Collaborate to Drive Green Building Initiative in Hospitality Industry

HRAWI and CII-IGBC Collaborate to Drive Green Building Initiative in Hospitality Industry

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Published on July 10, 2023

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has partnered with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to champion sustainable practices and foster a green building movement within the hospitality sector. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signifies HRAWI's commitment to promoting water conservation, energy efficiency, and responsible waste management in the industry.

The MoU was signed at a recent seminar in Mumbai, focusing on life, property, and environment safety for the hospitality industry. This collaboration between HRAWI and CII-IGBC represents a significant milestone for the sector, aiming to create a sustainable built environment for hospitality projects throughout India. With a shared vision of prioritizing environmental conservation and sustainable growth, the partnership seeks to raise awareness, implement best practices, and drive positive change in the industry.

HRAWI President Pradeep Shetty emphasizes the importance of ethical obligations and sustainable growth, expressing optimism about the collaboration. By organizing awareness programs and seminars, stakeholders will be educated on water, food, and energy conservation, as well as achieving net-zero energy, water, waste, and carbon neutrality. IGBC's support will contribute to recycling, reusing, and executing sustainable practices. Together, HRAWI and CII-IGBC aspire to inspire and support the hospitality industry in adopting sustainable development practices, promoting environmental stewardship, and creating a greener future for India.

The MoU underscores HRAWI's commitment to water conservation, energy efficiency, and responsible waste management within the hospitality sector. Through joint efforts, HRAWI and IGBC will provide guidance and support to stakeholders, facilitating the implementation of sustainable measures and yielding long-term cost savings.

Chairman of IGBC, Gurmit Singh Arora, highlights the need for conservation and sustainable practices due to India's limited freshwater resources. Singh Arora emphasizes that sustainable building practices not only benefit the environment but also offer substantial cost savings. He cites the example of their hotel in Phaltan, where monthly electricity bills significantly decreased, and water self-sufficiency was achieved despite operating in a water-scarce region.

Sandeep Talaulicar, an executive committee member of HRAWI, affirms their commitment to inspire other hotels to embrace sustainable development. With the MoU in place, they aim to encourage sustainable practices across the industry and foster a collective dedication to a greener future.


Transformation of Paddington's Victoria Garden Hotel into a Luxury Boutique

Transformation of Paddington's Victoria Garden Hotel into a Luxury Boutique

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 30, 2024

London's Paddington neighborhood is set to welcome a new luxury boutique hotel, thanks to the transformation of the former Victoria Garden Hotel. The 68-bedroom property at 100-102 Westbourne Terrace was recently acquired by overseas investors Prima, who plan to embark on a major refurbishment to convert the historic building into a modern four-star boutique hotel.

Originally constructed as two large Victorian family homes in the 1840s, the 26,000 sq ft property was converted into a hotel in the 1960s, preserving its Victorian-era façade. The new owners, Prima, have enlisted Capilon to operate the hotel, aiming to blend traditional London architecture with contemporary luxury. The revamped hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Hyde Park, the shopping districts of Marylebone and Mayfair, and the vibrant West End. Its proximity to Paddington Station, which provides a 15-minute link to Heathrow Airport, makes it an ideal location for both domestic and international visitors.

Richard and Mark Breen from Capilon expressed their excitement about the project, highlighting the strategic partnership with Prima and the unique opportunity to create a distinctive boutique hotel experience. They anticipate announcing the official reopening of the hotel next year, offering a fresh, modern take on the classic London hotel stay.

Colin Hall, director of the London Hotels Agency at Colliers, facilitated the sale and emphasized the prime location and potential of the property. He noted that the London hospitality market is experiencing a resurgence, with both international and domestic investors recognizing its long-term value. The transformation of the Victoria Garden Hotel into a boutique establishment reflects this renewed confidence in the capital's tourism and hospitality sectors.

This ambitious refurbishment aims to cater to the growing demand for high-quality, unique hotel experiences in London. As the city continues to attract a diverse array of travelers, the new boutique hotel on Westbourne Terrace is poised to become a sought-after destination, combining historical charm with modern amenities.

The project is supported by several partners, including Taj Lands End as the Hospitality Partner, The Chocolate Academy Mumbai as the Knowledge Partner, KitchenAid as the Appliance Partner, Unox as the Equipment Partner, Elle & Vire Professional and Delta Nutritives as the Ingredient Partners, BW Hotelier as the Media Partner, Zee Zest as the Lifestyle Partner, and VBev as the Celebration Partner.

With the hospitality industry bouncing back, the transformation of the Victoria Garden Hotel signifies a positive trend and a bright future for luxury accommodations in London.


Tivoli Hotels & Resorts Expands in Italy with New Florence Property

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts Expands in Italy with New Florence Property

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 28, 2024

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the forthcoming launch of its second property in Italy, Tivoli Palazzo Gaddi, slated to open its doors in Florence this June. Situated amidst the city's rich tapestry of history and culture, this addition underscores Tivoli's commitment to expanding its luxury hospitality footprint in iconic locations.

Tivoli Palazzo Gaddi, housed within two historic buildings that once belonged to the aristocratic Florentine families of Gaddi and Arrighetti, offers guests an immersive journey through time. The property, dating back to the 16th century, features a plethora of original frescoes, paintings by renowned artists, and various art objects that echo the splendor of the Renaissance.

Strategically located near key cultural sites such as the Duomo complex and Piazzale Michelangelo, and within walking distance to the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the hotel offers unmatched accessibility to Florence's historical landmarks. A short 20-minute drive from Amerigo Vespucci Airport further enhances its appeal to international travelers.

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Renowned interior designers Patrizia Quartero and Guy Oliver have meticulously restored the hotel, respecting its historical essence while infusing modern comforts and functionality. The hotel's architecture reflects classic Florentine design, rich with historical significance.

Tivoli Palazzo Gaddi's accommodation options include 86 guest rooms and four luxurious suites, offering a blend of authentic period furnishings juxtaposed with contemporary amenities. The presidential suite boasts a panoramic terrace, offering stunning views of Florence’s cathedral and the urban landscape.

Tivoli Palazzo Gaddi is poised to become a beacon of luxury hospitality in Florence, combining the historical allure of its prestigious past with the sophisticated comforts of modern-day hospitality. This launch is not just an expansion for Tivoli Hotels & Resorts but a celebration of cultural heritage and luxury travel.

For more information and reservations, visit the Tivoli Hotels & Resorts website.


SeaSpace: Your Coastal Escape

SeaSpace: Your Coastal Escape

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 27, 2024

Are you longing for a beachside getaway that combines the freedom of self-catering with the luxury of hotel hospitality? Look no further than SeaSpace, Cornwall's newest lifestyle-driven aparthotel brand. Set to open its doors in summer 2024, SeaSpace: Porth promises to redefine coastal living with its unique blend of style, flexibility, and community spirit.

Led by the team behind Watergate Bay Hotel, Beach Retreats, and Another Place, SeaSpace aims to offer travelers a fresh perspective on seaside accommodations. CEO Ben Harper emphasizes the brand's commitment to providing lifestyle-led stays that cater to the evolving needs and aspirations of today's travelers.

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At SeaSpace: Porth, guests can expect to find 56 self-catering studios and apartments, each thoughtfully designed for open-plan living. Whether you're traveling solo, with family, or for business, there's a space for everyone. Fully-equipped kitchens, dining/work tables, and lounge areas ensure a comfortable and convenient stay.

But SeaSpace is more than just a place to sleep – it's a community where guests can connect, recharge, and make memories. From curated food and drink options to activities and experiences, every aspect of your stay is designed to enhance your coastal experience. Plus, with 24/7 concierge, housekeeping, and community services, you can enjoy the perks of hotel living without sacrificing your independence.

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Conveniently located just five minutes from Porth beach and a short drive from Watergate Bay and Newquay, SeaSpace: Porth is the perfect base for exploring Cornwall's stunning coastline. And with planning permission for additional apartments and lodges, the site is poised for even more growth in the future.

But SeaSpace isn't stopping there. In addition to the launch of SeaSpace: Porth, the brand is expanding its portfolio with exciting new ventures, including The Machrie hotel and golf course on Islay, Scotland. With a focus on outdoor adventures and stylish relaxation, SeaSpace is poised to become a leading player in the hospitality industry.

Ready to escape to the coast? SeaSpace is now taking bookings for stays from October 2024. Whether you're craving a weekend retreat or a longer seaside sojourn, SeaSpace offers the perfect blend of freedom, style, and community. Book your stay today and start planning your coastal escape with SeaSpace.

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