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Archive for July, 2008

Thai luxury hotel offers in-room iPod alarm clock

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

A luxury hotel in Thailand is offering guests the chance to wake up to their favourite music by providing the latest iPod clock radio docking stations in its rooms. Guests on luxury holidays at the Chaophya Park Hotel will be offered use of the new contraption, which comes equipped with a remote control, at no extra cost. Located in Bangkok the 402-bedroom was recently the Thailand Tourism Environment Friendly Award. Competition is hotting up among luxury hotels in Thailand with the country’s first Park Plaza hotel opening in December 2007. But innovative offers such as the iPod docking station are likely to keep guests keen to take advantage of the hotel’s full length golf driving range and fitness centre flocking in. The Chaophya Park Hotel also boasts complimentary WiFi and internet access in all guest rooms, with five different styles of accommodation to meet its guests discerning tastes.

Luxury hotels to be offered new green waste technology

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Hoteliers will soon be able to boast green environmental credentials with a new technology being developed by Australian researchers.

The EcoNova project at the University of Queensland has said it will target the tourism industry with its pilot model of a new waste treatment system. University of Queensland researcher Beth Rounsefell notes that the resulting three by-products are both “safe and recyclable”. Clean water, methane for clean green energy and a solid soil conditioning residue are all produced when waste is taken through the anaerobic conditioning system. “This is especially important to the tourism industry which is under increasing pressure to ensure its activities are sustainable,” Ms Rounsfell added. Environmentally friendly initiatives are becoming more prevalent in Australia’s tourism industry Most recently, green energy company Clean Energy is pursuing a project with the country’s 300 surf clubs in an attempt to get them operating on renewable energy alone.