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PALMA, MAJORCA, SPAIN—Meliá Hotels International recently announced three new hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia. The property in Africa, the Meliá Serengeti Lodge in Tanzania, scheduled to open in June 2017, will be Meliá Hotels International’s first green hotel. Located on the natural terraces on the southern slopes of Nyamuma, with spectacular views over the peaceful valley of the Mbalageti River, the hotel will be 45 minutes from Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, the oldest and most popular National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria, considered a World Heritage Site. To be located 700 meters below the peak of Nyamuma, the hotel will offer a perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and 250,000 zebras which pass through the valley every year in search of rains and cooler pastures. Meliá Serengeti Lodge will sit on three natural terraces that descend from an elevated plateau, with the lodge located on the middle terrace.
NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, introduces the restructured simplicity of the existing Quick Ship walk-in. Master-Bilt’s updated Quick Ship models provide a more streamlined experience for AutoQuotes users.
NATIONAL REPORT—Many hotels rely on a Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (or PTAC) system to reliably provide both heating and cooling for individual rooms as well as other areas of the hotel; such as the lobby, meeting rooms and gyms. PTAC units are popular heating and cooling solutions for any single living space such as those provided by hotels, motels, dormitories, hospitals and apartments. There is no need to install expensive and intrusive ductwork to use PTAC units. The units are self-contained and can easily be installed through a wall.
PARIS—Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort will be a showcase for green design, geothermal technology and will be based on harmony between man and nature. Villages Nature Paris will open with 916 dwellings, more than two-thirds of which will be cottages and one-third family suites. The dwellings will be owned by individual and other investors and managed by Villages Nature Paris. According to Dominique Cocquet, CEO of Villages Nature Paris, within five years the development is expected to include more than 1,700 dwellings. Villages Nature Paris is expected to host more than 1 million visitors a year on its 444 acres. In addition to places to stay, there will be many attractions including the Aqualagoon covered water park and outdoor lagoon, shops and restaurants, farm, lake, spa and gardens. “We believe we will have mostly families,” Cocquet says.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes HotSpot Energy Inc./ARAMA as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The ARAMA PTAC (PTHP) uses a state-of-the-art Mitsubishi High-SEER energy saving DC Inverter compressor to save 35 percent or more in energy costs. The Mitsubishi DC Inverter variable speed compressor technology allows the ARAMA units to accurately match their capacity to the load, avoiding the compressor on/off cycle. The DC Inverter compressor is also much quieter.
ORLANDO, FLA.—The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a 1,400+ room property in Orlando, Fla., announced its energy reduction program that is creating a 5.8 percent utility savings a year. With warm Florida temperatures year round, The Gaylord Palms established sustainability goals to conserve energy and keep guests comfortable. Honeywell’s INNCOM network and energy management solutions were incorporated in the goals to fully monitor and optimize the property.
NATIONAL REPORT—Energy consumption officially has become the defining global issue of our time, and everyone from politicians to developers and homeowners is taking notice. But while technology companies and auto makers like Tesla and Ford scramble to make the first mainstream electric vehicle, there’s actually a bigger player in the energy arms race: buildings. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the nation’s buildings account for 43 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and 39 percent of primary energy consumption. Compare those numbers with the transportation industry, which comes in a distant second at 32 percent and 28 percent, respectively. What’s more is that the DOE reports 40 percent of the total energy used in those buildings is for air-conditioning and heat, as well as hot water heating. That’s why a growing number of developers are looking more closely at geothermal heat pump systems, a technology that uses the earth’s thermal properties in conjunction with electricity as an alternative to traditional HVAC and water heating systems.
MONTREAL—Group Germain Hotels is adding a new Alt Hotel to the dynamic River Landing area of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2018. The stylish property will be a key feature of the city’s extensive River Landing development project, a new extension currently under construction in the south downtown business district. “We are pleased to be working closely with Greystone Managed Investments Inc., Victory Majors, Triovest and the City of Saskatoon on the opening of our newest Alt Hotel,” says Jean-Yves Germain, Co-President of Group Germain Hotels. “This new location, in the vibrant River Landing area of the city, represents our third Alt Hotel property in the western provinces. It’s an ideal location and an exciting marker of the steady progress towards our goal.”
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Conectric as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Savings is primarily delivered by Conectric’s award-winning, patented occupancy based room energy automation solution. It independently controls HVAC, lights and other electrical loads. The system comes in wireless or hardwired configurations for new construction or retrofit environments. It works with almost every HVAC system including fancoils, splits, mini-splits, multi-splits, heat pumps, VRFs, VTACs and PTACs.
ORLANDO, FLA.—Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. entered the new year debuting its newest, most advanced products and technology at the 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando, Fla. from January 25 to 27. The event featured Bosch’s latest hydronic air handlers, geothermal heat pumps and inverter ducted split system air-to-air heat pump, among other innovations.
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