After the summer, we are once again aware of the importance of tourism for Spain’s economy. Tourism in general accounts for 11% of GDP and creates 12% of jobs. Out of these figures for tourism as a whole, the hotel sector, comprising some 15,000 hotels, represents approximately 6.7% of total GDP and between 2 and 3% of jobs. This is why it is a strategic sector for the country and must be protected. As with any other business, it must be provided with the tools that allow it to improve its economic results, whether this is by increasing demand for hotel accommodation through policies that promote tourism, or by reducing costs.

Specifically, within the hotel’s operating costs, energy is already the second or third most important item, depending on the characteristics of the establishment, making it a key area in which to look for savings. Currently, energy costs can account for up to 20% of operating costs, due to the continuous increase in the price of energy.

In energy terms, the savings potential of the hotel sector is very high, partly due to the majority of hotels having been built without any type of energy efficiency criteria. This makes them fairly inefficient, consuming a large quantity of energy to be able to provide an adequate level of service. Read more…

Óscar Alonso
Technician, Dept. of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency,
Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH)

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2015