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voco Riyadh launches EV charging station

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, September 26, 2022

voco Riyadh, owned and operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group, has launched an electric vehicle charging station, as part of a series of new initiatives to protect and preserve the environment.

With this, voco Riyadh has become the first hotel in the Saudi capital to offer an EV charging point.

Green initiatives such as these have made voco hotels around the world popular among tourists and guests looking for environmentally-friendly accommodation options and those who wish to leave a smaller carbon footprint during their travel.

M Allaf, regional general manager of IHG and general manager of voco Riyadh, said: “voco aims to be the leading destination for sustainable tourism in the Kingdom, in line with Vision 2030 goals, which have placed sustainability among its most important pillars, as the Kingdom aims to reach zero-carbon neutrality by 2060.”

He added: “voco is a brand built on sustainability, and it continues to take sustainable measures with regard to carbon, energy, waste and water. voco cares about our planet as much as it takes care of its guests. voco’s care for the environment is seen in practices such as serving guests drinks and coffee in biodegradable glasses and cups or providing them with the opportunity to refresh and bathe under energy-efficient ventilated shower heads.”
 
The new EV charging station is also in line with the Saudi government’s direction towards supporting and developing the electric car industry. In May, the Saudi Ministry of Investment announced an investment of more than SR12.3 billion to build a Lucid Motors electric vehicle factory in Saudi Arabia, with an annual production capacity of 155,000 cars. The move reflects the Kingdom's global commitment to promoting a green economy and reducing carbon emissions.

With the launch of an EV charging station, voco affirms its commitment to being an eco-friendly hotel that implements environmental sustainability practices, uses energy-saving heating, cooling, and lighting systems, rationalizes water usage, and implements initiatives focused on protecting the environment, and achieving environmental and human sustainability. The overall aim is to improve human well-being and maintain the continuity of life by protecting natural resources, such as the atmosphere and soil.

Allaf said that voco has taken several other pioneering proactive measures to reduce carbon emissions, save energy and water, and reduce waste. “voco is a unique example of the green hotel model in the Kingdom, and it will continue to promote long-term sustainability and care for the planet in the communities where it operates,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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