Forget the hours of free wine and training videos on demand. An increasing number of hotels around the world are now offering their guests the opportunity to book rooms featuring filtration and scrubbing systems that minimize air pollution threats and offer more air pure.

"The quality of indoor air can be catastrophic," Beth said. McGroarty, research director for the Global Wellness Institute, a non-profit organization for the well-being sector. "Hotels are fighting this by installing in some of their rooms high-tech systems that enhance the air they breathe." The pursuit of clean air is part of the growing interest in travel for wellness, McGroarty said.

External conditions could certainly be a more important factor. According to data published last year by the World Health Organization, nine out of ten people in the world breathe polluted air. Many prominent urban destinations, particularly in developing countries, have been recognized for their unhealthy smog conditions. Forest fires are becoming more common and affect the quality of the air over hundreds of kilometers. And travelers with respiratory ailments or allergies can especially benefit from cleaner air.

Most hotels typically charge a higher daily rate for their rooms where clean air is used, compared to their standard rooms and a stay can cost 5 to 7% more expensive

In January, the 556-room InterContinental San Francisco installed Molekule air purifiers in 30 of its rooms as part of of a pilot project. According to Dilip Goswami, Managing Director of Molekule, two-foot cylindrical devices plug into a power outlet and eliminate mold, bacteria, chemicals, allergens and viruses with patented water purification technology. the air of society.

Harry Hobbs, an engineering director for InterContinental Hotels, said that indoor air quality was more important to the hotel after the fires that occurred last year in Paradise, California, about three hours drive. "Even though the forest fires were not near the city, they affected the air quality, and many of our guests asked for masks and filters because they had difficulty breathing. Our staff was also uncomfortable, "he said. "After this first try, I wish to offer purer air in more rooms and more hotels."

Pure Wellness , the hotel's health business, has designed "Pure Rooms," available in 300 hotels around the world and encompassing several companies, including Marriott, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites and Hyatt.

Pure rooms are rooms that have been thoroughly cleaned with microbe-resistant, plant-based cleaners designed to prevent the growth of fungi, bacteria and mold on the surfaces. The rooms are also equipped with portable air purifiers.

Travelers can find a room equipped with these air filtration systems on the company's website. Vinny Lobdell Jr., chairman of the company, said the company would add more rooms in 200 more hotels this year, and Pure Rooms typically accounts for between 3% and 5% of total hotel room inventory.

Delos Wellness Technology Company is behind the "Stay Well" designation of more than 1,000 hotel rooms available in the world, including those of the Wyndham, Marriott and MGM Grand hotels.

One of their main features is a wall air cleaning filter to reduce allergens and microbes. For the 50 Wyndham hotels in North America, rooms are now a brand standard: according to Danica Boyd, vice president of brand operations of the company, all of its properties will have at least some Stay Well rooms. 39, here the end of the year.

When the Oberoi New Delhi reopened last year as a result of A renovation, air purifiers were installed throughout the hotel, including in all rooms, to combat the worsening problem of Delhi polluted air. More than 40 new purifiers filter outside air when it enters the building. the hotel also measures the indoor air quality twice a day.

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