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Taiwan hotels offer discounts to guests bringing own toiletries

2012/04/17 21:56:14

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) More than 100 hotels in Taiwan have decided to offer discounts this year to guests who bring their own toiletries, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Monday.

The offer by 111 hotels throughout the country is part of an EPA initiative to promote "green living."

Guests who plan to stay for more than one night are encouraged to bring their own toiletries and to reuse bed sheets and towels in order to reduce the environmental impact of washing bed sheets and disposing of hotel toiletries, the EPA said.

The 111 hotels participating in the program will offer room rate discounts of up to 60 percent to guests who bring their own toiletries, said Huang Wan-chu of the EPA.

For hotel guests who choose not to have their bed sheets changed, a direct price reduction of NT$100-250 will be offered on a day-to-day basis, he said.

There are more than 170,000 rooms at 6,176 registered guest houses and hotels in Taiwan, according to government statistics.

Based on a 60 percent occupancy rate, hotels across Taiwan supply around 42 million toiletry and other room items per year, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower caps, soap, slippers, sheets and towels, the figures show.

The list of hotels in the "green living" program can be found on the EPA website at http://greenliving.epa.gov.tw/GreenLife/WalkSing2012/Gaction.html.

(By Zoe Wei and Nell Shen)
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