By Esther Atani, The Sight News
Abuja: The Lezsco Luxury Apartments Hotels on Wednesday, 24th April held its quarterly seminar which centred on the “Green Hotel Initiatives”.
The Green Hotel, is an environmentally sustainable hotel or accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the natural environment.
The aim of the seminar was to create awareness among key stakeholders in the hospitality industry about the importance of having greener and environmentally friendly businesses.
A speaker at the seminar, Mr Komolafe Samford Segun, CEO of Radiance Hospitality Management who spoke to The Sight News in an interview, remarked that going green was taking a pivotal step in fulfilling the environmental aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals[SDG].
He explained that the SDGs are a call for action to all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
In his word, “The climate change we experience now is a result of our collective carbon footprints we all leave behind on earth. We can reduce it by having more eco-friendly hotels, greener businesses and a generally more healthy lifestyle”.
He expressed dismay over the lack of cohesive platform or organization that offered certification to eco-friendly hotels and business establishments in Nigeria.
For his part, the Lezsco Sales & Marketing Manager, Mr Fidel Ikeora, disclosed that the hotel incorporated eco-friendliness from its inception through its practise of using fresh herbs and meats in meals served which are sourced from the hotel’s gardens; recycling energy-saving bulbs and appliances; and a strict “No Smoking” policy enforced around the hotel.
He said, “Going green is one of the more popular demands by consumers in the hospitality value chain. One of the things prospective guests look for now, is if your hotel is green. It is also cheaper and makes our clients healthier”.
He further disclosed that the “green lifestyle” of the hotel has boosted the hotel’s customer base, encouraging past patrons of the hotel to make return visits.