Landscaping is no longer limited to just creating green spaces outside the building but latest trends show that the gardens are beginning to move indoors too. Exquisite gardens are now being created within the confines of hotel buildings.
The idea of interiorscaping has come into popularity over the past decade and today this has been gladly embraced by the hospitality industry. Hotels today are being designed with specific areas kept strictly for interior landscaping plants.
The Green Benefits
The most obvious benefit of greenery in hotels is that adding plants and greenery inside hotels adds to the charm and attractiveness of the building and create a welcoming environment.
Besides cosmetic benefits, there are environmental and health benefits too of keeping plants inside hotels. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in. Plants release moisture vapour, which increases humidity of the air around them. Thus indoor plants can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keep respiratory distresses at bay. At the same time, plants remove toxins from air.
Studies suggest that greenery within hotels is known to provide greater job satisfaction to the staff and greater health benefits to the guests and staff alike.
There are other benefits of plants in hotels. Indoor plants help in directing or control l ing pedestrian traffic towards significant landmarks, such as exits, check-in desks, escalators, etc. They can subdivide or enclose a large space into separate areas, reduce glare and reflection from strong lights and act as screens to block out undesirable views or to create privacy.
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Revving up the Revenue
The corona virus outbreak has not only impacted travel in affected regions it has also caused the cancellation of some of the world’s biggest exhibitions, which has adversely affected the hotel industry globally. Though the lockdown for India’s hospitality sector was lifted from June 8 by the central government several states have continued with curbs on usual operations. This has affected the industry on several fronts. Ashok Malkani reviews the upshot of the pandemic on different aspects of the industry and the steps taken by it to tackle this situation effectively.
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