Dubai's five-star hotels could save a huge amount of money annually by investing in various carbon management initiatives, it has been suggested.
According to dmg, organiser of the upcoming Hotel Show in Dubai, the emirate's five-star hotels are wasting around $27 million in utility bills by ignoring such energy-saving initiatives.
Indeed, it was suggested that by complying with schemes like the Green Globe Certification, hotels not only reduce their carbon emissions but can also cut their utility bills by around 20 per cent.
"The research has indicated that the annual utility costs for the 67 five-star hotels in Dubai are around $134 million," said Frederique Maurell, exhibition director of the Hotel Show.
"If each hotel averaged 200 rooms, reduced energy consumption could save around $5.50 per room-night, per hotel, or $27 million collectively, not to mention 400,000 tonnes of carbon emissions that would be saved."
In addition, dmg referred to a study by Travel Weekly which found that 50 per cent of prospective hotel guests said they were prepared to pay ten per cent more to stay in sustainable hotels.
The Hotel Show 2011 takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 17th-19th.