Kelowna, BC (PRWEB) July 13, 2013
When the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites installed its first electric car charging station last summer, staff was keen to see how much the stall would get used. But as electric cars left and others continued pulling in, the hotel quickly realized one plug-in wasn’t enough.
“We thought they might take longer to catch on,” says Brenda Rayburn, Director of Sales and Marketing. Back in July 2012, this Best Western became the first Kelowna business to install an electric vehicle charging station. “But we’re pleasantly surprised at the usage they’re getting, and since we wanted to be proactive, we just installed our third charging station.”
Complementary to all hotel guests, each of the three 90 volt charging stations can take an electric car from ‘empty’ to ready in less than two hours. The hotel wanted to install charging stations as the next step in the hotel’s sustainability plan, and to accommodate the growing numbers of electric vehicle owners in BC. According to BC Hydro, by 2022 the province will have 100,000 electric vehicles—including hybrids—on the road.
“Our EV charging stations are one of the reasons why people looking for Kelowna hotels are choosing to stay with us,” says Kelowna Best Western CEO and partner Greg Salloum. “We really care about environmental sustainability, so we’re always looking for ways to help reduce our carbon footprint and help guests feel good about being kind to the earth while they travel.”
Over the years, the Best Western has been recognized several times as one of the ‘greenest’ Kelowna hotels. With environmentally friendly initiatives ranging from a solar hybrid water system to a lawn raked with Nature’s Gold rather than fertilizer, the hotel often reduces its annual carbon footprint by 300 per cent.
Since 2006, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites has won numerous awards, including the National Energy & Environmental Award and the BC Minister’s Award of Excellence for climate action. This Kelowna hotel has been Climate Neutral Certified and has also received the LEED silver certificate for building an environmental wing, a 4 Green Key Eco-Rating, and has Green Tourism Canada certification pending.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Sales & Marketing
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites
Dir. Phone: +1-250-979-6905
Toll Free: 1-888-860-1212