As travelers become increasingly conscious of the environmental impact associated with their travels, hotels are taking steps to align with these values and provide more sustainable options for guests. The Trademark Hotel in Kenya is one such establishment, taking the initiative to launch electric vehicles (EVs) for guest transfers. The move is geared towards reducing their guests’ carbon footprint during their stay.
The first step taken by the hotel include four Nissan Leaf fully electric vehicles that features electric motors and batteries as the source of power instead of internal combustion engines. They comprise of 2018 and 2019 models and have a 40 kWh battery and 110 kW motor. The chosen models can also provide a comfortable 250 km of range and are high-performance EVs, with 5 seats, 435 liters of boot space, and a 5-star NCAP safety rating.
According to the Director of Tribe Hotels Group Manish Shah, there was a growing demand for sustainable tourism products. Many travelers are becoming aware of the environmental impact of their activities and are looking to align themselves with brands that consider these impacts. The unveiling of electric vehicles by the hotel had positioned it as a leader in the industry and it was also in line with the County Government’s efforts to create a cleaner and greener city, he continued.
The use of electric vehicles as a mode of transportation helps to improve air quality in the city by not emitting pollutants. Manish, the director of the hotel group stated that they are excited to provide a clean, smart, safe, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation to guests. The vehicles are already in use and are charged in the hotel’s basement parking lot where charging stations have been set up.
This is not the only sustainable initiative that the hotel is undertaking. The hotel is also running a green agenda, dubbed “The Green Village,” which includes sustainable initiatives such as a sewer treatment plant, waste management, textiles recycling and planting of trees.
The Trademark Hotel is located within the Village Market, a shopping and entertainment destination with over 250 outlets and a cosmopolitan melting point of all cultures. Offering a combination of sustainability and convenience for guests, the hotel is a prime example of how the travel industry can adapt to meet the growing demand for eco-friendly options.
The launch of EVs by Trademark Hotel is a significant step in the right direction towards reducing the environmental impact of the travel industry. The use of electric vehicles in transportation is a key step in reducing emissions and improving air quality, especially in urban areas. By offering a comfortable and safe mode of transport, while also reducing environmental impact, Trademark Hotel is setting an example for other hotels and tourism-related businesses to follow.