TFG Asset Management has spearheaded a high-level hotel industry debate on effective green practices, raising the company’s profile as an authority on major issues facing the sector.
The TFG AM team partnered with the Middle East’s leading hotel school, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, to stage the ‘Go Green’ breakfast event on 21st March.
More than 60 industry professionals attended the exclusive, invitation-only green conference, which saw tourism, hospitality and sustainable practices experts discuss current and future green initiatives for the hotel industry.
It followed the recent launch of TFG AM’s research paper, ‘The Hoteliers’ Guide to GOING GREEN in the UAE’; the findings of which were also presented and debated. The guide is available for download from the TFG Asset Management Library or HospitalityNet.
The event commenced with a welcome remark from Dr. Michael Newnham, Assistant Dean at Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. This was then followed by a presentation from keynote speaker Mr. Solaiman Al Rifai, Senior Manager of Tourism Development & Investments at Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), where he discussed the government’s latest initiatives in the area.
Mr. Solaiman Al Rifai – Senior Manager of Tourism Development and Investments at Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
Mr. Mariano Faz, Head of TFG Asset Management, presented the report’s key findings.
Mr. Mariano Faz – Head of TFG Asset Management
Mr. Jesus Gutierrez, Co-managing Director of Smart4Power, then provided a technical overview of the cost-effective green practices for hotels.
Mr. Jesus Gutierrez – Co-managing Director at Smart4Power
Mr. Iftikhar Hamdani, General Manager of Ramada Hotel & Suites and Ramada Beach Hotel, Ajman, then took to the stage where he explained the green practices being successfully implemented at both properties.
Mr. Iftikhar Hamdani – General Manager of Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman and Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman
Ms. Amelie Zegmout, Board Member of EmiratesGBC, concluded the event by presenting the credible accreditation green schemes and guidelines to help hotels go green. She also stressed the importance of obtaining these certificates.
Ms. Amelie Zegmout, Board Member of EmiratesGBC
The event ended on a positive note. “We hope to have raised more awareness in regards to green practices after this event. Today, incorporating green practices is no longer a preference but a must for all hotel properties,” commented Faz.
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