Cape Town - With over ten million tourist arrivals recorded in 2016, South Africa - and particularly Cape Town - has seen the development of many new hotels to accommodate the ever-increasing influx of foreign guests.
With the peak tourist summer season fast approaching and level 5 water restrictions in effect, hospitality players, now, more than ever, need to play their part in implementing water-saving initiatives, as well as educating both local and foreign guests, according to William McIntyre, regional director of Southern Africa for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Each of the group's six hotels in the region has actively embarked on operational changes to save as much water as possible. They also educate and encourage guests to save water.
Since the commencement of the water crisis, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has showcased in their lobby, a prominent display, using bottles of mineral water to illustrate how much water can be saved by opting to shower instead of bath.
They have also successfully implemented numerous initiatives to align themselves with The City of Cape Town’s water saving strategy ensuring that guests are not unduly affected by the City of Cape Town’s water rationing. The hotel has secured sufficient water storage to provide water to guests during shortages.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront’s popular infinity pool was one of the first in the city to close to prevent evaporation and unnecessary use of water. It will, however, reopen on 1 November, with seawater being utilised instead of fresh water.
The new Radisson RED Cape Town hotel has all water fixtures green leaf certified, contributing towards a reduction in water usage. The newly-built hotel has incorporated design elements that assist in water saving, such as eco flush on all toilets, no baths but rather showers which heat up in under six seconds and a climate control system that uses ocean water for heating and cooling processes.
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