Hotels must go green so guests won't see red: Boss

Sustainability emphasised in $45m revamp of former Marina Mandarin

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has rebranded the former Marina Mandarin as the Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, which will have features that allow for more automation - such as more wood floors instead of carpets, allowing industrial robots to clean the a
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has rebranded the former Marina Mandarin as the Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, which will have features that allow for more automation - such as more wood floors instead of carpets, allowing industrial robots to clean the area - and reduce its need for air-conditioning. PHOTO: PAN PACIFIC HOTELS GROUP
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has rebranded the former Marina Mandarin as the Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, which will have features that allow for more automation - such as more wood floors instead of carpets, allowing industrial robots to clean the a
Pan Pacific Hotels Group chief executive Choe Peng Sum believes that in the long run, there will be more demand for sustainable hotels, and guests may even walk away from establishments that are not in tune with saving the environment. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Sustainability has long been a sticky topic for the hospitality industry - think of all those plastic water bottles - but Pan Pacific Hotels Group believes there is more room at the inn for an eco-friendly approach.

The company, which is the hotel subsidiary of the UOL Group, started a new brand on Tuesday that will have more than a tinge of green about it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2020, with the headline 'Hotels must go green so guests won't see red: Boss'. Print Edition | Subscribe