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To be successful in the long run a hospitality business need to satisfy not just financial value but also to create value for the social and natural environment as well. Intelligent buildings will become “Prosumers”; on the one hand side energy providers (incl. storage) as well as energy consumers. Hotels will became virtual power plants and “lungs” for the future mega-cities”.

Today, hotel operators are looking to save energy and reduce costs. Nowadays and in the future an entirely new approach to hotel design and management is needed. It is obvious that the regulator wants to end-up in the long-run with self-sufficient buildings. Beside all rising concerns about the threats going along with climate change, environmental technologies could be seen as significant business opportunities; the market for energy efficient low carbon products and environmental services is predicted to amount higher than £3.4 trillion and has already outstripped the mainstream economy since the emergence of the financial crisis.

Intelligent buildings will become “Prosumers”; on the one hand side energy providers (incl. storage) as well as energy consumers. Intelligent storage systems will become the key; there are already a lot of ideas around (e-cars batteries, thermal storage via new types of concrete, cold storage through ice machines etc.) and the building will became “smart”.

Hotels would have the chance to negotiate “virtual power clusters;” such clusters would avoid peaks as every hotel could virtually profit from yielded ‘prosumer’ allotments. Hence the challenge of authorities to define local/regional/national eco-policies will be in finding a wealthy balance between ecology and economy. This pressure will increase additionally in finding the right way in comparison to other sectors. If it comes to risk & opportunity assessments referring sustainable investments the major question is always if and when such investments are paying off. This is even more an issue as investments in sustainable building infrastructure has to be endorsed by owners/ investors. The key question is always who is benefiting and taking the risk in what type of contractual conditions.

(This short article is based on our Lausanne Report 2030. If you want to now more on the future of Hospitality, go to our original text in http://info.ehl.edu/hospitality-industry-trends and stay in tune with the future of hospitality at the next think-tank “Window 2 the future”, April 2018. Do take a look to www.lhcconsulting.com to see more about us.)

Module leader


Ray Inius Director Business Development at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting

Prof. Dr Ray F. Iunius is the author of various academic and professional articles published by journals in the management of services, technology, and innovation. He is also the author of a number of books such as « Industrie de l’accueil », « Hôtellerie de Luxe », « La gestion des spas », “Un Hôtel, un modèle ?” in de Boeck editions and co-author of the “Lausanne Report on the future of Hospitality Industry.”

He is the founder of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (EHLITE), the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INTEHL), the Students Business Projects (SBP), the EHLITE magazine, and the Chair of Innovation Paul Dubrule.

Ray earns a BSc, MS and PhD in Technical Sciences from the University of Transylvania Brasov and an MBA and PhD from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the Lausanne University. He is currently Director of Business Development at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting, an Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and Swiss Hotel Association company.