Riyadh Marriott Hotel committed to sustainability

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Updated 13 October 2020

Riyadh Marriott Hotel committed to sustainability

Riyadh Marriott Hotel, built in 1982, is committed to making a positive and sustainable impact on the communities it operates in.

One of the goals of Marriott International is to reduce the environmental footprint by 30 percent across its portfolio by 2025.

While CO2 naturally exists in the Earth’s atmosphere, human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, have added more carbon to the atmosphere than can be managed by the Earth’s natural systems. Carbon emissions, also known as greenhouse gases, are warming the planet, resulting in climate change. The impact of climate change is already visible, from more intense heatwaves to rising sea levels and shifting seasons.

“With increasingly severe consequences predicted, climate change is creating huge risks for our properties, putting stress on the resources we need to operate as a business, and making those resources more expensive,” the hotel said.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel launched the Marriott Solar Panel Project, which is designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics (PV). The solar PV electric system comprises panels (1,788 units), designed to convert sunlight directly into electricity.

“A solar PV system will help our property cut both energy costs and carbon emissions and it will send a positive message to associates and guests about our awareness of the impact of fossil fuel use on climate change and our contribution to reducing these effects,” the hotel said.

With the Marriott Solar Panel Project, the hotel will reduce its annual CO2 emissions from 8,029,763 kg to 915,904 kg. This is equivalent to planting 35,700 trees.

“The process of changing our behaviors, technology, and standards to improve our energy profile, save money, enhance the guest experience, and lower our impact on the planet is called innovation. Embracing changes like innovation is part of the business and culture of Marriott and solidifies our role as leaders in hospitality. Guests expect us to investigate, test, safeguard and adopt the latest technology in their rooms and meeting spaces to provide them with a great experience, all while helping them reduce their carbon footprint,” the hotel said.

“The most effective way to reduce carbon emissions is to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, focusing efforts on energy efficiency and conservation and switching to fuels with lower carbon content and renewable sources of energy.”

Saudi Arabia, which holds this year’s G20 presidency, is the biggest source of renewable energy.

Elaa to redefine corporate & government travel in KSA

Updated 20 October 2020

Elaa to redefine corporate & government travel in KSA

Seera Group, a travel services company, has announced the launch of Elaa 3.0, a digital travel management solution (TMS) that has been designed to optimize corporate and government travel bookings across Saudi Arabia.

A new dedicated portal has been launched for Elaa, Seera’s travel management company, which enables employees of partner organizations to make all their bookings and travel planning seamlessly without having to go through a tedious and costly manual process. This means reduced cost through higher levels of transparency, predefined policy setting and travel management efficiency.

“Elaa made the most of the downtime caused by travel restrictions during the pandemic by digitizing and simplifying the processes and enabling continuous improvement and innovation for its partner companies across private and public sectors,” a statement said.

The new improved platform can digitally connect everything for customers whilst supporting them in the new normal, as travel management policies, structures and strategies have changed following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government ministries, departments and corporations with large-scale travel management requirements, can now manage all their requirements through Elaa’s new portal, which is designed as a flexible and scalable booking platform that is easy to navigate and is both time- and cost-efficient.

Abdulrahman Mutrib, executive vice president and group chief technology officer of Seera Group, said: “The new reality has brought a significant change in the travel requirements of corporate and government entities. Travel policies are constantly being updated or reviewed, and only a travel management system that can factor in these changes in real-time can add true value to organizations. Over the past years, we have been investing significantly in digitizing our processes, and we are now ready to offer the next-generation TMS system for our customers.

“The digitization of the processes, end-to-end, will mean less complexities in bookings, easy modifications and changes, as needed, and higher levels of operational efficiency. The automation of travel management, through Elaa 3.0, will lead to not only saving time but also cost advantages for the organization.”

Among the benefits for customers include search, select and booking of employee trips as a self-service, as well as a streamlined and swift digital approval process seamlessly regulated with pre-configured internal travel policies.

“With real-time tracking of booking requests, Elaa 3.0 serves as a revolutionary product in the travel market sector in the Kingdom,” a statement said.

Elaa’s highly secure and automated platform aims to redefine corporate and government travel for the new era. Elaa, meaning “trusted adviser” in Arabic, has activated a suite of internal training programs to familiarize customers on the new models that will be implemented.