Sustainability and Hong Kong and the Ritz

31 03 2011

The Hong Kong skyline continue to change. We see more ‘SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’  and ‘SUSTAINABLE PROJECT’ appearing outside these building sites. One cannot help but to ask yourself: ‘What is sustainable about the development / project?? Is it the traceability and transparency of the sourcing of raw materials? Is it the way the building rubble is discarded? is it the way the worker’s on site are fed? ………What exactly is sustainable about the development/project?

The development or project DOES add to the carbon footprint of Hong Kong (why does the ICC have to ‘flash’ at night? In case we cannot see this massive development?) as well as to the polution levels of  Hong Kong. One wonders when something will be done to curb the carbon and environmental footprint. Continued sustainable development might lead is to a Hong Kong where we can breathe in the near future – if developoment are truly sustainable.

The Ritz opens today! An amazing achievemnt…. see the article below. How sustainable is this development?

The ‘world’s tallest hotel’ – The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – opened its doors today.
The hotel is located in west Kowloon in Hong Kong, atop the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong’s tallest building at 1,600ft/490m. Occupying floors 102 to 118, the top floors of the building, it is the world’s tallest hotel, according to the company.
The Rose Rotana Hotel in Dubai was at 1,093ft/333m previously the world’s tallest hotel, according to building data intelligence firm Emporis.
“The opening of this landmark hotel in Hong Kong is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to delivering the very best product, facilities and service in this international gateway city,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Partnering with Hong Kong’s premier developer, Sung Hung Kai Properties, we have been able to create something truly spectacular to welcome our guests not just to the highest hotel in the world, but also to one of the very best hotels in the world. We are taking luxury to new heights in every sense.”
The property is Ritz-Carlton’s 16th hotel in Asia, and marks a new era for Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong after the closure of the original Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong in January 2008.
The hotel boasts 312 rooms, all of which offer city and harbour views. Rooms start at 50sqm for a deluxe room and reach 365sqm for the Ritz-Carlton suite. The in-room technology offer includes WiFi, iPod docking stations, blu-ray DVD players and flat screen TVs.
F&B outlets include three restaurants on the 102nd floor plus a restaurant and bar called Ozone on the 118th floor. In addition, the hotel features a chocolate-themed lounge on the 103rd floor and a patisserie on the 9th floor.
The hotel also offers a spa featuring nine treatment rooms and two couple’s suites, located on the 116th, plus a 930sqm ballroom.



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