Promoting eco-travel – Bangkok and New York

The New York Times (subscription required) has a report on a hotel, the Old Bangkok Inn in Bangkok (Thailand) that promotes eco-travel in a different yet subtle way. The 8 room hostelry encourages guests to skirt taxis for a motorized version of a gondola that traverses the city’s narrow canals with an inter-modal link on to its SkyTrain, Bangkok’s mass transit system. The Times report notes how “steering guests away from gas-guzzling taxis and toward alternative forms of transport is just one way the Old Bangkok Inn is actively distinguishing itself as an urban “green” hotel — one of the increasing number of places that are adopting that strategy”. That’s an eco-approach that the Big Apple’s (as well as other similarly situated cities) hotels may find worthy of emulating. New York has its very own Water Taxi company which promotes itself as “The best way to see New York! Our boats provide regular service between 12 stops at the city’s hottest neighborhoods and attractions. Water Taxis are fast and fun, so you’ll see more sights in less time and enjoy a stress-free, breezy ride”. With “hop-on, hop-off” service (during the season), the water-taxi with its bright yellow coloring and checkerboard stripes not only serves commuters but also tourists looking for spectacular perspectives of the city as well as those seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience.

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.