13 Macau hotels to take part in monthly Earth Hour

MACAU 13 hotels in Macau are now committed to making Earth Hour a monthly affair, as part of ongoing environmental sustainability efforts. Seven hotels have recently joined Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; The Venetian® Macao; Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Sands® Macao Hotel in switching off all exterior façade and non-essential indoor lighting for an hour
from 8:30pm.

“We are glad to see major corporations taking the lead in saving energy in Macau, and are pleased that Sands China has taken the initiative to raise the bar for sustainable operations with this important effort to make Earth Hour a monthly exercise in conservation,” said Arnaldo Santos, director of the Macao SAR Government Office for the Development of the Energy Sector.

Sands® Cotai Central’s Conrad Macao had previously posed a friendly challenge for 10 hotels to join its monthly lights-out initiative. With the challenge met, Conrad Macao will be revising its monthly commitment to every fortnight. Such sustainability measures have saved an estimated 12.9 million kWh in energy consumption at The Venetian Macao in 2011, and also secured The Venetian Macao and Sands Macao the Macao SAR government’s coveted Macao Green Hotel Award. Outside Macau, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Africa’s Cape Grace hotel have also joined the monthly sustainability commitment after participating in the worldwide Earth Hour on March 23.

Starwood wants to hire

ASIA PACIFIC After a successful pilot programme in over 100 hotels across Greater China last year, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific held its first division-wide recruitment event in March. Held on March 6 in more than 85 cities including Beijing, Sanya, Shanghai, Bangkok, Delhi and Seoul, the Starwood Asia Pacific Recruitment Day looked to fill approximately 5000 positions across all levels and functions in over 240 hotels, including sales and marketing, events, finance, revenue management, accounting, administration, concierge, human resources, front office and concierge. Candidates were given the opportunity to explore career options and meet with human resources specialists from different hotels and brands in the city.

New survey app available on the market

GLOBAL IML Worldwide has launched an interactive survey app that functions as an “in-meeting” tool for customisable questionnaires. Managed via an online control panel, surveys are pre-loaded and made live before, during or after an event. Event attendees are able to input ideas or opinions at their own pace whilst maintaining focus on the main event programme and content, while meeting organisers are able to schedule feedback at any time.
The app is capable of churning out individual or group-based reports for further analysis, with questions and answers coming in a wide variety of formats with features such as “bypassing” or skip logic.
Available on iOS or Android operating systems for smartphones and tablets, other features of the app include GPS and image capture, unlimited responses and a multi-lingual facility. It also supports offline data collection so an Internet connection is not required to conduct surveys.