The new offer of the 5-star hotel industry: an air of superior quality

NEW DELHI: Traveling to Delhi/NCR and worried about deteriorating air quality and smog? Some respite could be on the way as major hotel chains such as , Taj and Hyatt, which often host heads of state and some of the world’s most renowned dignitaries, said they were adopting new measures and initiatives to ensuring that the air their customers breathe is of superior quality.

Luxury chain ITC Hotels, which runs hotels like ITC Maurya in New Delhi, said that while it has been working continuously on improving indoor air quality in its hotels, its new technology being implemented will set new benchmarks not only in India but in the global hospitality industry with third party validation and endorsement.

IAQ (indoor air quality) improvement technology that will meet WHO standards is first being implemented in New Delhi at ITC Maurya, but the chain plans to roll out the initiative across its hotels gradually.

“As part of our responsible luxury philosophy, luxury experiences are delivered through responsible initiatives for guests, associates, the community and the environment. This is in line with our goals to provide our customers better air quality, minimizing air pollutants and creating a cleaner, healthier air environment.A dynamic plaque will display real-time air quality, indoors and outdoors. hotel exterior,” said Dipak Haksar, general manager of ITC Hotels and WelcomHotels.

Alarming levels of smog and pollution in Delhi/NCR (reaching 30 times WHO safe limits) earlier this month had shaken the travel plans of several domestic and overseas travelers during the busiest tourist season for the Indian capital where winter has just set in. authorities had imposed severe category plus restrictions earlier this month while doctors declared it a public health emergency.

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, which runs hotels like the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Taj Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi, said it is also making extra efforts to monitor and improve the air quality in its rooms.

At the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, the outdoor air intake is mechanically controlled. The air is filtered through high efficiency filters before being distributed throughout the building. In addition, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are monitored and maintained at less than 1000 ppm (parts per million), while adequate air changes per hour (ACH) 6-15 are also maintained throughout. hotel in accordance with ASHRAE guidelines, benchmark ventilation for acceptable indoor air quality.

“To ensure guests are comfortable at all times, the hotel has also placed dehumidifiers in hallways on guest floors to ensure humidity levels are maintained and an in-house microbiologist performs random air sample testing in the hotel,” a Taj said. spokesperson.

At the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, all treated fresh air and air handling units, which condition the air in all guest rooms and public areas, are installed with dust-free filters, which remove PM 2 airborne particles .5 and PM 10 with the efficiency up to 70%, said the spokesperson. Aseem Kapoor, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Delhi, said to meet current needs, the frequency of filter cleaning has been increased over the past two weeks to almost daily/weekly at the hotel.

The otherwise regular filter cleaning schedule for the Hyatt Regency Delhi is monthly for in-room AC filters, and 7-10 days and 15 days for restaurants and fitness centers respectively. “Four additional air purifiers have been installed in the fitness center to prevent dust, the landscaped grounds are hosed down twice a day, and the supply of fresh air into the building is kept to a minimum.”

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