Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou launched a paperless registration service on 11 April 2013, becoming the first hotel in Baotou to provide this environmentally friendly service.
This new paperless technology has changed the traditional check-in and check-out process, allowing all information related to room reservations to be displayed on a tablet computer. Guests sign on the tablet with a stylus and receive bills electronically at a preferred e-mail address. This green system simplifies the check-in and check-out procedures and enhances the overall stay experience of guests.
"The new system greatly reduces paper wastage, resulting in a projected savings of 300,000 pieces of paper used annually based on last year's usage merely on check-in and check-out. In addition, the hotel has scheduled to put paperless techniques into the reservation system, further supporting our commitment to corporate social responsibility," said Steven Zhang, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou.
Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou strives to provide guests comfort while protecting and caring for the environment. This includes regular green activities and energy-saving and emission-reducing projects. In December 2011, the hotel announced that it would cease serving shark fin in its restaurants and would no longer accept new orders for shark fin products in banqueting. As a certified ISO 14001 hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou puts all effort into energy efficiency compliance. Aside from this, the hotel uses biodegradable and compostable plastarch material, which degrades by around 70 per cent in 80 days, for all toiletry packaging.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company's initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La's social responsibility programme consists of the two elements of "embrace" and "sanctuary". Embrace focuses on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. In sanctuary, the programme concentrates on Shangri-La's Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please access the CSR section on www.shangri-la.com