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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.