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Mr. Amdekar

Jayesh Amdekar

Principal Consultant in Travel & Hospitality Practice, Infosys Limited

Jay Amdekar is Principal Consultant in Travel & Hospitality Practice at Infosys Limited, a leading IT consulting and services company. Jay has over seventeen years of international experience in operations, business consulting and IT consulting in travel, hospitality & gaming industries. At Infosys, Mr. Amdekar leads engagements with clients in travel & hospitality industry. He has worked with some of the leading hotel and casino brands, travel management companies and independent software vendors in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Before joining Infosys Mr. Amdekar worked with Ernst & Young, where he worked with their travel industry clients to conduct business process reviews and recommend leading practices to improve business processes. Prior to joining consulting he worked for hotel chains like MövenPick, Regent International and Taj Group of Hotels. He held several managerial roles in the areas of Revenue Management, Reservations and Guest Services Operations. Visit Mr. Amdekar at www.linkedin.com/in/jayamdekar/ or follow him on twitter @thehotelgeek

Mr. Amdekar can be contacted at 678-636-9081 or jayesh_amdekar@infosys.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.