Saudi hospitality industry in focus at Hotel Show

The show will have a range of interactive features, live competitions and discussion seminars that will give a platform to those who are the lifeblood of the hotel, tourism and F&B industry, from housekeepers and sous chefs to property owners and franchisees.
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Updated 16 February 2020

Saudi hospitality industry in focus at Hotel Show

Hospitality and food industry event The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, now in its eight edition, will return to Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from March 31 to April 2.

The annual exhibition is the premier platform for the Kingdom’s ever-growing hotel industry, renowned for being the one-stop shop where GMs, buyers, restaurateurs and developers can get their hands on products for every element to improve the guest experience — from décor, furniture and in-room technologies, to F&B supplies, gym and leisure equipment, and everything in between.

Event director Gary Williams said: “Closely linked with Saudi Vision 2030, The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia is all about helping those involved in the hospitality, F&B and leisure industries to plan for the future, be it sourcing products, looking for inspiration, exploring new trends and technology or networking with government officials, investors and industry leaders — we have got all covered.” 

The show will have a range of interactive features, live competitions and discussion seminars that will give a platform to those who are the lifeblood of the hotel, tourism and F&B industry, from housekeepers and sous chefs to property owners and franchisees.


Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

Updated 12 July 2020

Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

Signify, a global professional and consumer lighting brand, is increasing its UV-C lighting production capacity and expanding its UV-C product portfolio. The company is leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in UV-C lighting to address the growing global need for the disinfection of air, surfaces and objects. 

“By increasing capacity and broadening the UV-C portfolio, Signify is helping keep people safe in a world that’s adjusting to a new normal,” the company said.

Its UV-C lighting is well-proven and trusted as an effective disinfectant. This was recently validated in a laboratory test by Boston University, showing that Signify’s UV-C light sources inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 in a matter of seconds. This is crucial as it comes at a time when organizations are seeking ways to continue operations and provide service in a safe environment.

Signify’s new UV-C product range includes luminaires and chambers for a wide variety of professional applications. “We have introduced 12 families of UV-C lighting fixtures specifically designed to disinfect air, surfaces and objects. These products target different customer segments ranging from offices, schools, gyms, retail stores, warehouses, as well as on public transport,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions division. 

Part of the range are UV-C fixtures that are ideal for the deep disinfection of surfaces in offices, schools and restrooms. They are equipped with sensors and controls to ensure that they only operate when people and animals are not present. Other products include mobile, freestanding UV-C luminaires that can be wheeled into a hotel room or used to disinfect surfaces on public transport such as buses and trains. 

For the disinfection of objects, Signify launched a range of safe and quick-to-use UV-C disinfection chambers. These chambers are used in offices and municipal buildings to disinfect visitor tags, phones, bags, laptops and wallets in a matter of seconds. In stores they are ideal for disinfecting returned items, glasses or clothes tried on in a changing room. 

UV-C fixtures can also be used inside surface disinfection tunnels. In North America, a large retailer is piloting a UV-C tunnel for disinfecting shopping trolleys. In India, a hotel plans to use a Signify UV-C tunnel for disinfecting guests’ bags at check-in. 

To complement its portfolio, Signify recently acquired the assets of Germicidal Lamps & Applications (GLA), a small, Netherlands-based company with extensive expertise in UV-C disinfection solutions. The deal includes GLA’s upper-room UV-C air disinfection portfolio as well as deep application knowledge. 

“The assets and know-how acquired from GLA will help us to accelerate the development of our roadmap of UV-C based upper-room air disinfection systems. We plan to make these products available across the world soon,” said Paul Peeters, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions Europe.

The upper-room air disinfection luminaires can be used with people in the room, as they are installed at a height which, in combination with shielding and optics, prevents exposure to the UV-C light source. Air in the upper part of the room is constantly disinfected using UV-C irradiation and natural convection of airflow in the room. This makes these perfect for use in schools, offices, gyms, retail outlets and other high-contact areas.