Jan Hein Simons

Managing Partner at MRP hotels

Jan Hein Simons

Jan Hein Simons, Partner with mrp hotels, is convinced that sustainability will impact the development, the building and the operational processes of successful hospitality companies. The new generations of hotel customers will demand responsible owners & operators, coupled with excellence in guest xperiences that are relevant. If one ignores these changes in the market, the future successes of companies are exposed and can be jeopardized. Jan Hein spent well over 35 years in various management leading roles in operational hotel business, working on three different continents.

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COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?

While people are still struggling to survive, some theorists say, they do not think of the common good. Yet what this crisis has shown (for some surprisingly for some not), is that this is not by definition true.

How can sustainability be communicated beyond clichés and greenwashing?

To avoid falling into the „greenwashing trap” business need to be transparent, honest and modest. Since “greening” is not the core business of most tour-operators, hotels or resorts, investing in the wrong project or a poor strategy might turn into a slippery slope to reputation damage.

Hotel Sustainability: Top 3 Technologies to Implement in 2020

I believe solar PV systems should be a high priority, to relieve dependence on fossil fuels while reducing Opex. I'll go with waste heat recovery, IE using a heat exchanger to preheat water entering hot water tanks, by using the exhaust heat from either HVAC or diesel generators, etc.