Leading hotels and tourism groups have signed the

Leading hotels and tourism groups have signed the

first_imgLeading hotels and tourism groups have signed the “Phuket Pledge” at the Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism Forum 2018 (PHIST) aiming to create a sustainable model for future island tourism development in Asia.The Phuket Pledge is a commitment by tourism operators to reduce, reuse and recycle single-use plastic in Phuket with the ultimate goal to eradicate it. In addition, the stake-holders vowed to undertake a youth community education program to ensure grassroots awareness of the critical problems surrounding plastic usage on the island.According to Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas President Bernhard Bohnenberger, one of the signatories to the pledge, “The industry is finally waking up to this issue, but we need coordination and action to make tangible change and see results. This is what we hope PHIST will go a long way to achieving.”Supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Sports and Tourism, PHIST is the largest hospitality event dedicated to sustainability in Asia. Over 550 delegates from countries including Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong gathered at the JW Marriott Mai Khao in Phuket to debate key issues.A Green Groove area added an extra dynamic to the event as regional suppliers headlined an innovative exhibition of Asia’s cutting-edge producers and inventors of sustainable products for the hospitality and tourism industries.Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association and Eric Ricuarte, Founder of GreenviewEnvironmental and sustainability storylines have been global press leads for the past six months, many of which have focused on islands in Asia. Earlier in the year, Thailand made a stand with the closure of iconic Maya Bay and in the closure of Boracay in the Philippines also made headlines. Both were shut to allow for environmental regeneration.With Indonesia’s Beyond Bali campaign, an island focused tourism strategy that looks to leverage Indonesia’s expansive archipelago, and the emerging marine tourism industries in Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, sustainable tourism in Asia’s islands has shot to the top of the regional agenda.Bernhard Bohnenberger, President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas; Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Vice President & Environmental Chair — Thai Hotels Association and Executive Vice President — Sukosol Hotels; Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, Senior Vice President, Central Pattana Public Company; Anthony Lark, President, Phuket Hotels Association and Managing Director, Trisara.“We need to fight for Phuket. It is as simple as that. And we can’t do it alone. We need to do it together,” said Phuket Hotel Association President and Managing Director of Trisara, Anthony Lark.“We hope the Phuket Pledge will be a start and ultimately become a model for us and other islands regionally to come together for the sake of sustainable island tourism in Asia.”PHIST was opened by the Deputy Governor of Phuket, Khun Prakob Wongmaneerung, and featured experts in their respective fields, focusing on marine and coastal tourism, sustainability, youth education and community tourism.Khun Prakob Wongmaneerung, Deputy Governor of PhuketThese included Thai Hotels Association Vice President & Environmental Chairperson Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Central Pattana Senior Vice President Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau Senior Manager Pat Satkhum, Tajara Leisure & Hospitality Group CEO Cyndy Tan Jarabata from the Philippines and Horwath HTL Indonesia Matt Gebbie.Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 HotelworksPHIST is co-organised by Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks led by Managing Director Bill Barnett and Greenview CEO Eric Ricaurte. Sponsorship and endorsement is from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Thai Hotel Association, Central Phuket, BMW, Blue Tree Phuket, C9 Hotelworks, Greenview, AmCham, QUO and Delivering Asia Communications. eco tourismsustainable tourismthailandlast_img

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