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Responsible Travel and Sustainable Travel are Need of the Hour Raoof Dhanani, Managing Director, Sayaji Hotels 

Raoof Dhanani, Managing Director, Sayaji Hotels

Raoof Dhanani, Managing Director, Sayaji Hotels 

Travel seasons of 20-21 and 21-22 were almost lost in the pandemic. October/November 22 marks the beginning of the peak travel season. After getting severely battered in the last two years’ hotel industry is quiet hopeful this year. Business travel bookings and conference bookings are also rising. The strain on environment increases as the number of travelers increases. Sustainability helps in reducing this burden.

Sustainability is one of the fastest growing trends in the MICE industry. It plays a vital role in Business Conferences. Business Conferences are looking very different post pandemic. Significance of sustainable events lies in preservation of the nature for wellness and well-being of the guests, employees and the locales. These events minimize negative impacts on the environment. Some of the sustainable practices followed by Sayaji Hotels are avoiding vinyl banners at the entrance of the venue, usage of LED screens for presentation instead of printed brochures and leaflets, reduction in food wastage by getting visitors dietary requirements well in advance before the event, using reusable tableware and dishes, minimize use of plastic etc. Our hotels also serve sustainable food and beverages by offering organic locally grown food and natural fruit juices and soups during the event. The companies that organize these kind of events should also encourage visitors to organize such events in similar fashion.

Sayaji Hotels are also working together to ensure green practices and reduce carbon foot print. Our hotels have followed environmental friendly methods to reduce waste and conserve water. Careful selection of local food products, creating a green team, staff training etc. are followed at our hotels. All our events are carefully planned in every manner. Our event planners instruct us to follow energy management system, turn off lights when not required, close/open the curtains to reduce the need for heating/cooling the event venues etc.

The future depends on sustainable work we do today. Sustainability improves quality of our lives and leads to reduction in long term energy cost. It provides innumerable benefits to business and individuals like minimize cost, increase productivity, increase employee retention to mention a few.

Raoof Dhanani, Managing Director, Sayaji Hotels 
G Kishan Reddy, Tourism Minister, India

G Kishan Reddy our Honorable minister of Tourism, Culture and development of North East Region rightly said on World Tourism Day “Sustainable and responsible tourism is the way forward and government of India is working in this direction. The government and the industry are exploring ideas, solutions, and strategies to face the environment and societal challenges”.  

Sayaji Hotels is India’s premier luxury hospitality brand with an ever-growing presence across the country. Known for bespoke experiences and signature hospitality, Sayaji is ushering in new standards of opulence in the 4-star and 5-star hotel industry. Sayaji Group presently operates 15 hotels in Indore, Vadodara, Kolhapur, Bhopal, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Nashik, Jamnagar, Rau, Aurangabad and Dehradun. The group collectively plans to open 21 more hotels in the next two years and meet the target of 50 hotels by March 2024.

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