BANGKOK - Luxury hotel designer Bill Bensley says it’s time for a change of direction and a new beginning after three decades of experience from designing more than 200 hotels around the world and in celebration of 30 years since he created his business, BENSLEY.
“I am done with designing lavish hotels just to put heads on beds. Every hospitality project that we have on the drawing boards right now has a purpose and a candle to light,” he said.
“Those of us in hospitality – be it designers, owners or operators – have the power of reaching thousands of people through our hotels and spreading this message of purpose.
“We should shoulder more responsibility concerning issues such as education, clean accessible water, alternative energy, energy consumption, food waste, wildlife protection and conservation.”
Mr Bensley’s open-source “Sensible Sustainability Solutions” White Paper for the global hotel industry outlines 20 suggestions for hotel designers, owners and operators on designing better hotels to help fight climate change.
“By issuing my standards to all hotel companies, I am sharing an unbranded, opensource archive of lessons which we have learnt about hotel design, purposes and sustainability,” he said.
“Everything here is, I believe, low hanging fruit for the hospitality industry. It is my dream to have a positive impact on our planet's future by harvesting that fruit.
“It is my hope that “Sensible Sustainability Solutions” will give hoteliers ideas to create, hand in hand with hotel operators, eco-friendly hotels - not just greenwashed - using ideas which align with owners rigorous standards.”
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