The Fern Residency Asansol (West Bengal) opens

DECEMBER 05, 2014, MUMBAI: The Fern Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the opening of The Fern Residency, Asansol a Mid-scale business hotel in the Second largest city of West Bengal. Part of the Galaxy Mal complex the hotel has 42 rooms, 2 restaurants and 7000 Sqft. of banqueting space.

The 42 exquisitely designed guest rooms reflect modern amenities and facilities. There are three types of rooms, Winter Green Rooms the base category which offers 315 Sqft. of space, The Fern club room & The Hazel Suites. Here, food is an experience too, with a wide selection of local and international cuisines available at The Vista All day dining, along with a lounge bar and in-room dining. With the largest banquet halls in Asansol, the Hotel fast is becoming the preferred venue for rooms &conferences.

Asansol in West Bengal is one of the busiest trading centres in India.It is the 11th fastest growing city in India and the world’s 42nd fastest growing urban centre.It is a coal mining hub, and has a swiftly growing industrial arena.The city boasts of a huge workforce with its per capita income being much higher than many Indian cities.

The hotel is managed by Concept Hospitality & is a unit of Srijan Super facilities LLP

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The Fern Organises Gujarat FAM For Top MICE Agents

The Fern Hotels & Resorts organised a four-day FAM tour of its Gujarat properties to promote its MICE services. 14 leading MICE specialists from Mumbai were hosted on the three-city tour of Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Sasan Gir that took place from April 6-9, 2013.

“India’s MICE segment is looking for a change, with demand growing for off-sites and mid-sized events. We have the largest network of hotels in Gujarat and are in the perfect position to cater to both the meeting and incentive demands of MICE,” said Mr. Sarosh Khatib, Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Concept Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

Organised in partnership with Indigo Airlines, the itinerary included overnight stays at The Fern, Ahmedabad (5-star), The Fern Residency, Rajkot (4-star) and The Fern Gir Forest Resort, Sasan Gir (5-star); local sight seeing and a lion safari, the hallmark of the Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.

The drop of 14 travel agents on a tour of Ahmedabad during their FAM tour organized by The Fern Hotels & Resorts
14 MICE agents from Mumbai in Ahmedabad during their FAM tour of Gujarat organized by The Fern Hotels & Resorts

About The Fern Hotels & Resorts, CHPL: Concept Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. is an Indian management company operating hotels, resorts and serviced apartments across India at 24+ locations under The Fern, The Fern Residency and Beacon brands, including a selection of independent hotels. It has a vibrant pipeline of 25 projects in various stages of development.

With its baseline ‘Leading environmentally sensitive hotels’, The Fern Hotels & Resorts is amongst the fastest growing hotel brands in India with 1200+ rooms presently under management and 1000+ rooms expected between 2013-14. It expects to triple its inventory by 2015. Eight properties are opening in 2013.

The Fern Courtyard Resort, Ganpatipule Is Now Open

The Fern Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the opening of The Fern Courtyard Resort, Ganpatipule a luxury resort in the fastest growing beach destination in Western India.

On the hill crest overlooking the pristine Ganpatipule beach, the 70 rooms & suites offer a breathtaking view of the pristine beach and the beautiful landscape. It is an excellent destination for a family vacation where kids can enjoy two swimming pools, large gardens and play areas, while adults will find the luxurious rooms, spa and tranquility to their liking.

Let food be an experience too with a truly wide selection of local and international cuisines across three restaurants, a lounge bar and in-room dining. With the largest banquet halls and poolside lawns in Ganpatipule, the resort will become the preferred venue for conferences and banquets from 20-300 guests.

Enjoy a lovely holiday by the pool at The Fern Courtyard Resort, Ganpatipule.
Enjoy a lovely holiday by the pool at The Fern Courtyard Resort, Ganpatipule.

An easily reachable destination, Ganpatipule is close to both Mumbai & Pune – 5-6 hours by road – and Ratnagiri, just 28 kms away. With two beaches in the vicinity and many areas of historical significance, there is a lot to do in Ganpatipule.

The Fern Hotels & Resorts now offers a choice of five excellent properties in Maharashtra – resorts The Fern Surya Resort, Mahabaleshwar; The Fern Samali Resort, Dapoli; The Fern Courtyard Resort, Ganpatipule, and business hotels Meluha The Fern, Mumbai and The Fern Residency, Mumbai.

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About The Fern Hotels & Resorts, CHPL: Concept Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. is an Indian management company operating hotels, resorts and serviced apartments across India at 24+ locations under The Fern, The Fern Residency and Beacon brands, including a selection of independent hotels. It has a vibrant pipeline of 25 projects in various stages of development.

With its baseline ‘Leading environmentally sensitive hotels’, The Fern Hotels & Resorts is amongst the fastest growing hotel brands in India with 1200+ rooms presently under management and 1000+ rooms expected between 2013-14. It expects to triple its inventory by 2015. Eight properties are opening in 2013.

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The Issues with Tissues

Whether home, in office or on the go, one thing we always use and misuse is a pack of tissues! It’s the easiest way to tackle colds, messy table manners and damp hands after a wash. Comfort, as always, comes at a price. Every tissue you use is like cutting a limb off a tree.

Paper is one of the biggest reasons for trees to be cut and there’s no stopping that! They are in every way, the source of life for us. These tall structures represent the living and play a major role in the eco system. The irony is that these life giving wonders die each day just so that we live on. If we could only reduce usage of tissues, we could surely make a huge impact on our global paper needs.

Sophistication leads to excess usage of comfort products that may not make for a nature loving existence, but time constraints and habitual dependence on products keeps us from trying to lead a better, greener life. Top class hospitality properties make note of this and serve meals with cloths to go along with the fancy crockery instead of tissues that will forever turn a tree to powder. Imagine if only more people around the world substituted cloth for paper. This also applies to shopping bags where cloth can replace both plastic and paper!

There is only so much we have to ourselves. Changing our ways will take us far and help us one day look back and appreciate the choices we made. This is just a shout out to all those who may try to make a change!

Green Technology

The world of today is more silicon and less metal or wood. Everything we see around us uses technology that takes years to develop but seconds to accomplish our desired goals. In a situation such as this, it becomes very important to keep a tab on any negative impacts to the planet simply because the scale and rate at which we are developing is magnanimous.

Rightly so, we have come up with a new way of building and innovating known as Green Technology or Clean technology. Green tech is the application of environmental science to conserve Mother Nature and curb the negative impacts of human activity.

There are a lot of things that come under Green Tech. Things like recycling and air/water purification. Another major aspect of Greentech is Solid Waste Management; something that has become important knowing how much waste we create. So much so, that Ecotels like the Fern group of Hotels and Resorts require having it as one of its pre requisite company policies in order to be certified Eco-friendly in practice. Apart from these, one needs to look into energy conservation as well as come up with ways to renew energy because excess energy consumption is a major drawback with many upcoming technologies.

Most businesses across the world are now looking to go green because green is the future of any new venture. Do remember to buy green products and insist on using services that promise to exercise eco-friendly practices. This is where you step foot onto the green boat that leads to the future!

The Fern: Green on the outside too!

This has been the official environment friendly month for the world as 5th of June is world environment day. On a day such as this, nature lovers all across the world are supposed to come together and take initiative on something that may help the planet or at least coax others to do so.

This is the least one can do for the planet. As an individual, a business, a group, a club, a country or even as the world, there needs to be a common act of defiance against all that is wrong and all that needs to be corrected.

Keeping in mind the above fact; we as an Eco friendly hotel had to do our bit for the planet as well. Apart from the various certifications that we have managed to acquire in terms being able to function as per the Ecotel certification standards, we thought we might as well do something more visible to everyone, because sometimes, we need to reach out to people for that extra push!

As a result, the green team at the Fern Ecotel Jaipur decided to organize a silent march on Saturday, 5th of June as a means to show the world that we are green even outside the hotel premises! The 4km march was a huge success as many people from the streets joined us.

We were able to give away many a saplings as well as plants for home decor to people. Staff members from the hotel were enthusiastic as ever as they marched on with banners and posters in hand with eco-friendly messages.

We hope we can do this and more every now and again as it will really mean a lot to out fabulous patrons as well as bring about a positive change of attitude in and around the Fern Hotel and essentially the world through blogs and picture uploads!

Ecotel… The future looks green!

An Ecotel is a new concept in hospitality that requires the property to comply with strict standards in terms of environment concern. There are basically ‘5 globes’ to this concept.

Energy conservation: This involves the use of minimum usage of electricity for applications in lighting and air conditioning purposes.

Water conservation: Evaluates the effective conservation of water in all departments of the hotel, across all levels. It also involves effective reutilization of water in the hotel.

Solid waste management: A proper waste management system must be in place that disposes off waste. The hotel must also device strategies in order to reduce wastage.

Employee environmental education: Evaluates how involved the employees are in the efforts of the hotel to contribute towards the environment. The hotel must have training modules in place to educate the employees on green issues.

Environmental commitment: The mission statement of the property must make mention about its environmental dedication. One member of the top management must head a ‘Green Team’ among the staff and the entire workforce must confirm with the hotel’s mission statement.

As far as running a green hotels, India leads from the front being the only country in the world to have 13 certified Ecotels within the next 2 years! These hotels must meet stringent standards to be certified. It is, therefore, an elite group. While it adds to the brand value of the hotel, there are some drawbacks in terms of technologies available. One more aspect of the concept is the cost. An Ecotel is about 15% more expensive to maintain than a normal hotel because of the kind of equipment and systems used to manage resources.

Moreover, many hotels already have eco-friendly practices in their hotel except that they do it without certification. So looks like the road to the future for hotels around the world is clean and green. Maybe even lined with a lot of vegetation on either side!

Celebration comes with a price!

Whether it’s a birthday, a festival or a party; with every occasion comes a host of activities and a battery of active hosts running to and fro to make a day of it. One thing that defines an occasion is the look and feel of the place.

The ambience at any public gathering is very important and should be one that is remembered for days to come. What sets the tone and, ideally, defines an occasion is the decoration, be it in a banquet hall, a garden, a house or an open arena.

Decoration usually means usage of materials that are more for the look and less for the need. This, in turn, points out to culprits like plastic and thermocol. Also, using fresh flowers is common practice especially in India during weddings and religious events. A disturbing reality, thus, surfaces. Celebration comes with a price. And to make up for the damages, both the host and the planet will need a whole lot of green! Sadly though, both have very different and often conflicting requirements.

The saving grace in the whole affair is that the world is now adopting a rather minimalistic approach towards design and flair. Good news is that this could decrease the use of harmful materials for decorative items that usually end up in a land fill or find their way into a water body after use.

Since one really cannot expect a decoration house or a 5 star property like the Fern Ecotel to avoid using measures to visually enhance the many rooms and halls, minimalistic and green are two adjectives that need to find their way in every wedding planner and decorator’s vocabulary soon! Luckily, eco sensitive businesses are already practicing what’s good, green and necessary!

How about planting a tree this summer?

Planting trees is an easy and effective way to beautify your property, provide shade in summer and wind protection in winter! It is a silviculture activity also called as reforestation.

Since a tree is such a visible part of the landscape and more importantly, it does help the environment in many many ways, care must be taken to ensure proper growth conditions are maintained. So pick your spot and get the digging tools out! Local markets sell seeds as well as other tools to get going. You can even try with fruits and vegetables from home, see if they can yield! Dig a hole that is in the open, away from other roots and is close enough to visit once a day. If in your garden, once planted, you must make sure it gets water to thrive off and sunlight to bathe under!

Alternatively, you may want to plant a tree in the open, leaving it exposed to the elements! For that you need a safe spot near other trees. You may have to water it for a week to jumpstart the process of growth! Fortunately for eco-friendly people that may find it hard to commit, there are campaigns all over the world that help you contribute conveniently! The soon to be launched Plant-a-Million campaign by the Fern Ecotel Hotel is one such initiative that will turn Jaipur, Rajasthan from pink to green!

It is clearly known why one must plant trees. They give us the fruits, vegetables, shade and beauty. In fact most of our food comes from them! As plants and trees grow, they release life giving oxygen in the air while using up the carbon dioxide that speeds up global warming! Trees are, therefore, friendly beings that need to flourish all around to make earth cooler and richer.

So do not be afraid to do your bit, because each tree makes a difference. A great way to get started is to dedicate a sapling to a loved one, name it even! Try it.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

One thing we humans know how to do well is use everything around us for our daily needs and activities. What we do not know too well is to make smart use of stuff. Instead of misusing, one can actually help the environment by using wisely.

Firstly we can simply reduce. Reduce usage, not resources. If we do this, we can really make a huge difference. If you know how much you need, you can then start reducing. Abundance is no more a sign of wealth and prosperity. Choosing ten from a dozen is smarter than wanting 13! Nowadays the reduction bug has bitten many businesses. Hotels like the Fern Ecotel regulate their monthly usage of materials.

If things cannot be used sparingly, maybe they can be used again. There are various alternative uses for a lot of materials and products. One can easily read up on the internet and make something out of nothing. There is scope for improvisation, one just needs to try. Plastics, paper, wood have various uses! There are so many options for the average household, so much so that even cooked food has multiple uses.

After reduction and reuse comes recycle, the mother of all eco-friendly words! One must remember that this is a last resort option, because recycling does not signify a free second life for the object. It is merely a means to salvaging whatever we can from what we plundered off the face of the planet. As green and friendly as the word may seem, do remember that to reduce and reuse is way better than recycling, because sadly, industrial recycling processes aren’t that energy efficient either.

Whether you are at work, at home or travelling, always remember, there is more than what we think there is, if only we know how to use it wisely. Being a consumer does not mean we can literally consume all we find on the platter because there is always another meal that follows.