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Chaophya Park Hotel receives special recognition for energy saving

AirAsia thinks global with Kuching flights


Chaophya Park Hotel receives special recognition for energy saving

The Energy Efficiency Institute (Thailand) Foundation (EEIT) recently presented the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok Thailand a special certificate for their successful installation of heat pumps for water heating for hotel use, saving energy and providing hot water for its guests and helping to keep the air and environment of Bangkok clean.

Pictured in front of the recently installed heat pumps are Chief Engineer Chaiyaporn Sasida (left) and Andrew J Wood, with the certificate of appreciation.
In his assessment the Energy Efficiency Institute (Thailand) Foundation’s Chairman Dr. Djakkrit Puranasamriddhi said, “The result of the tests carried out by the Foundation confirmed that the heat pump for the water heating system, supplied and installed by Thai-Air Conditioning Machine Co., Ltd. has ample capacity for making hot water for guest rooms use at full occupancy. The heat pump system consumed less energy than otherwise using a water boiler using diesel, and hence it avoids emitting exhaust gas, from the burning of diesel, to the environment”.
He also added, “We, participants of this energy conservation and energy efficiency project, congratulate the management of Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts for their achievement and wish the hotel much success in their green environment campaign.”
Commenting on the installation of heat pumps, Andrew J Wood, General Manager of the Chaophya Park Hotel said, “The pumps, which convert the free warm outside air into 60°C hot water, were installed in the first quarter of 2006. The pumps do not burn fossil fuels. The only cost associated with running them are the initial investment, approx Bt.4 million for four pumps and the electricity to drive a small electric pump to circulate the water. The return on the investment (ROI) is less than one year and has helped reduce our fuel bill by more than 50%.”


AirAsia thinks global with Kuching flights

Low fare airline, AirAsia, hopes to introduce more direct international flights from Kuching with the opening of its latest hub in Kuching on July 25.
Group CEO of AirAsia, Datuk Tony Fernandes, said the airline was looking at direct flights from Kuching to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Macau, Shenzhen in China and Balikpapan and Jakarta in Indonesia. He said the airline is awaiting approval for its applications submitted to Thailand and Indonesia.
He expected these international flights would start early next year.
Two of AirAsia’s Boeing 737-300 aircraft would be stationed at the new hub to service four new local destinations in East Malaysia, namely Kota Kinabalu, Bintulu, Miri and Sibu.
Second Finance Minister and Urban Development and Tourism Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh, said at the offical press conference opening the Kuching hub that insufficient air connectivity was hampering tourism in the state. With the rationalisation exercise taking effect on August 1, MAS would terminate routes to Perth, Frankfurt and Sydney.
He hoped AirAsia, as a regional airline with links to foreign countries, would bring in more foreign tourists in the future.
Datuk Fernandes said AirAsia is expected to fly in 1.6 million tourists by year-end, an additional one million tourists in 2007 and 3.5 million in 2010.


 


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