Alto Hotel joins the frontline in the war against pests threatening Australia's honey industry.
Under a two-year $260,000 federal government-funded project the "Bee Force" will be on the lookout to spot signs of trouble, such as the invasion of the varroa mite.
Already in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, officials say it could only be a matter of time before the mite, which feeds off European honeybees, lands in Australia.
Alto Hotel in conjunction with Melbourne Rooftop Honey and 9 other inner city beekeepers will take part in the pilot project to ensure that the authorities are on the ball as soon as that happens.
The sites were chosen for their location close to Melbourne's port a likley entry point for threats to the honey bee population.
Approximatley 65 per cent of agricultural production in Australia relies on the pollination efforts of wild bees and managed hives.
Hence the importance for early detection.
For more details refer to the article published in The Age 12 April 2011 or copy this link http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/plan-bee-swings-into-action-to-tackle-pests-20110411-1db6k.html
Posted on 12 Apr 2011 22:24:26
Wireless internet - free for all guests
At Alto we know internet access is important for keeping in touch, getting latest information and having fun. So instead of "selling" internet access we simply give you access free of charge for your entire stay. To make it fair all we awe have limited downloads to 500mb per day.
If you don't have your own wireless device (laptop, tablet or phone) you can use our computers in the lounge for up to 30 minutes free, per day. Extra time can be purchased for a small charge.
Posted on 06 Apr 2011 16:48:43
Australia's first carbon neutral hotel
Alto Hotel protects the environment and leads as one of Melbourne's few resource smart and environmentally friendly rated hotels. For example we have reduced our carbon footprint to an average of 13.5kg per room, compared to estimate of 24-26kg as set by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Council . We have then offset this remaining carbon via the Carbon Reduction Institute. We also offer free parking for guests arriving with electric or hybrid vehicles and get free recharging from 100% green energy. This and living up to our motto 'Sit Hospes Rex', (The Guest be King), has earned the hotel several awards for environmental and hospitality excellence.