Evaluating and Forecasting Future Energy Consumption Patterns for a Sustainable Hotel Sector in Mauritius

By Poomalay Poinen, Chandradeo Bokhoree, Kailash Balnac and Romeela Mohee.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In different parts of the world, tourism is a major component of the economy at the local, regional and national level. Tourism is a booming industry worldwide and Mauritius is no exception. With globalization and the increasing environment consciousness of its clientele, the tourism industry needs to adapt to an increasingly competitive environment whilst maintaining the attractiveness of their offers. Sustainable Tourism Development has thus become a much debated issue especially for Small Island Developing States like Mauritius. The island has no natural fossil fuel resources and the number of tourists is increasing in line with its development objectives. Therefore Mauritius needs to plan its energy use for the sector in a sustainable manner. Accurate energy forecasts are critical to this process. This paper focuses on the forecast of net energy consumption of the tourism sector up to year 2018 using multiple regression. Data available for 98 hotels was consolidated with a detailed survey of a sample of 32 hotels. The data was used to forecast ten years ahead and recommendations to sustain such increases in demand are discussed further.

Keywords: Sustainable Tourism Development, Hotel Energy Forecast, Multiple Regression

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.129-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.282MB).

Poomalay Poinen

Ministry of Environment and National Development Unit, Piton, Mauritius

Poomalay holds a B. Eng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Mauritius and has completed her Msc Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of Technology, Mauritius.

Dr. Chandradeo Bokhoree

Senior Lecturer, School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering, University of Technology, Mauritius, Pointe-Aux-Sables, Mauritius

Chandradeo Bokhoree, a native of Mauritius, was educated at the University of Mauritius, and at Loughborough University in UK, where he was awarded his PhD in 2004. He was a research scholar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the USA in 2001/2003. He was a Lecturer in the School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering at the University of Technology, Mauritius until 2006, when he was appointed as Senior Lecturer. His research interests focus on the development and application of modelling techniques and adaptive technologies for sustainable development. He is currently the principle investigator on numerous consultancy projects geared towards finding practical solutions for a sustainable Mauritius.

Kailash Balnac

Research Student, Research Cell, School of Sustainable Development Science, University of Technology Mauritius, Pointe Aux Sables, Mauritius

Kailash Balnac holds an MSc in Computational Science and Engineering from the University of Technology Mauritius (UTM). He is currently a full time MPhil/PhD research scholar at the UTM and is conducting research in Energy Modeling with a focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Kailash is also a member of the International Association for Energy Economics.

Prof. Romeela Mohee

Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

Dr. Romeela Mohee is Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Mauritius, Mauritius. She is an energy engineer, with specialization in environmental engineering. Her research is focused on waste conversion processes, bioenergy, solid waste management, beneficial reuse of waste materials, heat and mass transfer modeling. She obtained her PhD at the University of Mauritius in 1998 under the supervision of eminent professors from the University of Leeds (UK) and Clemson University (USA). Dr Mohee has more than 60 international publications, several conference papers, book chapters, technical and consultancy reports, more than 10 MS and 10 ongoing PhD supervisions to her credit. She is also a highly active and much solicited solid waste management expert in Mauritius and numerous Sub-Saharan countries.

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