Hotels need to prioritise educating staff on sustainability: Diversey VP

Diversey’s Alp Aksoy believes there needs to be “common ground” with staff when improving hotel sustainability

Diversey's vice president for hospitality Alp Aksoy (pictured)
Diversey's vice president for hospitality Alp Aksoy (pictured)

Diversey has revealed that educating and training hotel staff members is “key” to improving sustainability across the Middle Eastern hospitality sector.

Speaking exclusively to Hotelier Middle East, Diversey’s vice president for hospitality Alp Aksoy believed that training and educating hotel staff were among the “stressing factors” for various sustainability issues.

He added that among the issues that hotels face is different multi-cultural understandings of sustainability.

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“Multi-cultural hotel staff have different understandings and standards of sustainability in terms of hygiene, wastage and plastic use,” said Aksoy. “Training and education is important to combat this, but there needs to be common ground and a benchmark to maintain hotel profits.”

Aksoy also told Hotelier Middle East that quality of hotel products such as bed sheets are beginning to slip, which is also creating more waste.

Diversey's vice president recently took part in the 2019 Executive Housekeeper Forum's 'reducing the costs in sustainability' panel discussion alongside  UNISOAP's UAE director Anouche Parsegian and Elite Byblos Hotel's executive housekeeper Minar Aliyar.

Diversey works with groups such as Accor Hotels, Radisson Hotels Group, Kempinski Hotels, Hilton Worldwide Hotels, EMAAR Group, JA Resorts and Hotels.

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