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Mr. Apostolidis

Antonis Apostolidis

CEO, Nicon SA

Antonis Apostolidis is the CEO of Nicon SA since 2007 and an expert in IT infrastucture and consulting. He studied Physics and M.Sc in Computer Science, and has worked for over 20 years as an Executive in Hewlet-Packard, Digital Corp, Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson, and other major global companies. He has also worked as an independent consultant in IT and Telecomfields and his forward thinking approach has brought Nicon large hospitality clients and many other clients with high-demand communication system networks. Nicon SA, is a Telecom Software company based in Athens, Greece and services clients all over the world and makes communication and accounting vastly efficient for both the hotel staff and the guest. www.nicon.gr

Mr. Apostolidis can be contacted at (+30) 210 6035311-2 or aapostolidis@nicon.gr

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.