The connection to the internet is compatible with sustainability
Although there are some ecological hotels that presume to ensure the traveler’s rest thanks to the total disconnection, most have opted for a hybrid model in which the Wi-Fi connection is a service as essential and well valued by the customer as it may be breakfast. The truth is that sustainability does not have to be at odds with connectivity, but rather is related to the consumption and energy efficiency of its facilities.
To reduce their energy consumption many hotels have incorporated efficient technologies, for example, in lighting systems, with LED lighting; or in air conditioning systems, with the implementation of control systems. Also, the commitment to renewable energy facilities such as photovoltaics, solar thermal or biomass, allows them to generate their own energy in a clean and renewable, or even to be a zero energy consumption hotel.
The trips that the tourist makes in the local environment also influence the sustainability of the tourist accommodation. A hotel that promotes and facilitates sustainable mobility by offering, for example, electric carsharing services , will be much more sustainable than one that does not take any action in that regard.
It is true that modems are connected all the time and surfing the internet consumes energy, but today, these devices include the EnergyStar label and have configurations to facilitate energy savings. In addition, the energy consumption of a modem that provides Wi-Fi connection for an entire hotel will be insignificant in the total balance of the building.
Do not run out of energy
In order to be connected at all times, it is not only necessary to have Wi-Fi connection. If there is something that is really changing the way we hire our trips and access the information of tourist interest in situ is the smartphone. H oday, the traveler has at its disposal many especially useful for planning and management of tourist departures aplicacionesmóviles.
As we all know, mobile devices disconnected from the network have a limited duration. It is necessary, therefore, to be aware of the duration of the batteries. The solution is to use mobile recharging devices such as chargers able to power all devices at the same time, or charging bases to recharge the phone or the e-watch just by leaving them on top.
Once outside the accommodation, you can use products such as the one offered in the store, with which you can load devices (tablets, mobile phones, laptops) while walking, using solar energy.
Hotels that offer free wifi
The accommodations that offer internet connection are becoming more common and are the most visited. In fact, many hotel search engines specify the availability or not of the internet in each accommodation. In addition, rankings of establishments begin to appear based on the quality of Internet connection offered. According to one of these listings, the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I hotel, located on Avenida Diagonal in Barcelona, would be the first in Spain and fourth in the world, for offering a download speed of 80.4 Mbps and upload speed of 86.3 Mbps. In that sense, the first tourist establishment in the Wi-Fi ranking worldwide is the Thistle Piccadilly in London, with a download speed as high as 119.4 Mbps and upload of 136.0 Mbps.
The Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, although a luxury hotel, with the best Wi-Fi availability in Spain, has signed a citizen commitment to sustainability and carries out actions to contribute to these objectives and participating in collaborative projects with other organizations of the “Barcelona + Sustainable” network. In addition, it participates in the “Planet 21 of Accor Hotels” program, with a commitment to meet targets for 2020, among which is to have low-carbon facilities thanks to the installation of solar panels and innovative technology.
It is, therefore, perfectly compatible to be connected to the internet, whether for work or to make the most of holidays, with sustainable tourism.