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TAT announces winners of Responsible Thailand Awards 2019

LONDON: Four Thai hotels and resorts, an elephant sanctuary and a non-governmental organization promoting community-based tourism have been conferred the Responsible Thailand Awards 2019 in recognition of their commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism. Organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the UK publishing company Wanderlust Travel Media, the Awards “recognize and celebrate organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to sustainable tourism developments, as well as help protect the country whilst engaging and educating tourists on local environmental issues.” The Awards were presented at the World Travel Market (WTM) on November 4, 2019, in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. K. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. K. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT, [...]

By |2019-11-06T11:37:56+07:00November 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

TAT, Expedia Group, and UNESCO launch Sustainable Environment Pledge

BANGKOK: The TAT, together with the Expedia Group and the UNESCO, are launching a global sustainable environment initiative, the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge, to reduce single-use plastic whilst promoting local cultural and community activities in Thailand. The pledge renews an existing MOU agreement between TAT and Expedia that began in September 2018 and saw both parties working closely to attract international tourists to emerging secondary destinations; such as, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. This resulted in a 25% annual increase in demand for accommodation in Chiang Rai, especially from international travelers to four- and five-star hotels at a 1.5-times higher level of spending than Thai domestic travelers. K. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – [...]

By |2019-10-31T09:17:20+07:00October 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Phuket joins the global cry on climate change during PHIST 2019

PHUKET: PHIST 2019, Asia's largest travel and tourism sustainability event, was hosted on September 23, as Southeast Asia's hospitality industry came together in a spirit of collaboration to tackle the critical environmental issues facing resort destinations across the region. A year on from the inaugural edition of PHIST, the event is catching fire. A record attendance of 1,000 delegates attended this year's full-day event, which was held at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. PHIST is the brainchild of the Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks and Greenview. Dedicated to generating fresh ideas and fostering a spirit of cooperation, the action-packed forum included a series of expert panels and discussions covering a range of vital topics, including destination management, development, ocean [...]

By |2019-09-24T23:39:38+07:00September 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments

PHIST 2019

PHIST, which stands for Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism, is the first of its kind, an innovative event rallying the hotel industry and its stakeholders to discuss environmental sustainability and community benefit. The event will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa with partners and other stakeholders also organizing affiliate events and meetings in tandem. PHIST is organized by the Phuket Hotels Association and supported by the Thai Hotels Association. The conference day will feature an exhibition area, showcasing sustainability products and services, and offer attendees a mix of short expert panels and thematic discussions, covering topics including destination development, ocean health and impacts, hotel sustainability governance, community tourism, and global [...]

By |2019-09-10T09:36:34+07:00September 23rd, 2019||0 Comments

Angsana Laguna Phuket awarded 2019 Best Sustainable Hotel

PHUKET: Angsana Laguna Phuket has been named a winner in the Best Sustainable Hotel category of M&C Asia Stella Awards 2019 in Singapore. The award recognizes best practices in sustainability, respect for the environment, and social positioning. Angsana was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development and employ an integrated and participatory approach to minimize their impact while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations. To achieve this, Angsana Laguna Phuket, which is located on Bang Tao Beach, has implemented a responsible management model, which aims to generate sustainable wealth in the local environment while also becoming a benchmark for excellence and innovation in the hospitality industry. "It is a proud moment [...]

By |2019-09-19T17:21:57+07:00September 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Outrigger Laguna Phuket helped students with English Day Camp

PHUKET: English Day Camp, supported by Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, in Bang Tao, is the latest engagement in a four-year campaign in helping the local community and showing favorable outcomes. A total of 40 children, aged 10 to 12 years old from a primary school in Phuket, enjoyed an English language day camp on August 16, thanks to a charitable effort by Outrigger Hospitality Group's "Share 4 Change" volunteers, with the assistance from the Laguna Phuket corporate social responsibility team. The camp at the Baan Khok Wat Mai School, in Thalang district, was led by an English instructor and supported by Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort and Laguna Phuket hosts. The message was that learning English is fun and [...]

By |2019-09-06T17:15:00+07:00September 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Le Méridien Phuket receives Gold Award from Travelife

PHUKET: Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort recently achieved a 'Gold Award Certification' from Travelife, an independent and internationally recognized accommodation sustainability program based in London that is accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. According to Travelife, the multi-awarded resort next to a secluded beach and 5 km. from Patong, "has shown evidence that they are taking action in the following areas: Minimizing their environmental impacts, improving the economic and social impacts for people in their community, respecting and protecting human rights and fair labor practices, and safeguarding animal welfare and biodiversity." "We are elated to receive this certification as it represents our staunch commitment to sustainable operations," says Julian Lowry, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort General Manager. He adds, [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:22:09+07:00September 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Hilton Phuket celebrates Global Week of Service with extra sustainability efforts

PHUKET: Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa brings the light and warmth of hospitality to the community by celebrating the annual Global Week of Service simultaneously with other Hilton properties across the globe. From August 21 through August 23, 2019 the Hilton Phuket team organized and took part in different sets of outreach activities that impact the local Phuket community. The series of activities commenced with a visit to the Child Development Centre at Kata where the team donated toothbrush and stainless steel cup sets as a way of teaching proper oral health care to the students. On August 22nd, the Hilton Phuket volunteers were split into two teams- team one was headed for Wat Suwankiriket School to donate stationery [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:48:23+07:00August 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

TAT announces five new national parks in Thailand

BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Thailand has added five new national parks around the country during 2016 to 2019 since the start of the reign of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (King Rama X). This is also in accordance with Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategic Plan, which targets increasing the forest area to 55% of the entire country by 2037. "Part of the work to increase the forest area as well as forestry conservation is by the national park system under three key mandates, which are environmental conservation, research and recreational development," TAT Governor K. Yuthasak Supasorn, said. There are currently 133 national parks in Thailand with Khao Yai being the country's first [...]

By |2019-08-07T15:53:30+07:00August 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

TAT target 10% growth in 2020 with quality markets and responsible tourism

BANGKOK: Gearing up to mark its 60th anniversary in 2020, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is targeting 10% growth by making travel and tourism in the kingdom’s most economically promising and environmentally sustainable in the years to come. Addressing the Thai tourism private sector and media after the week-long Tourism Action Plan meetings, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that the completion of the auspicious 5th cycle of life will be a time for reflection on past achievements and careful management of a new era of challenges set to emerge in a highly competitive and constantly changing global and regional environment. “With the positive outcome in 2018, Thai tourism has clearly succeeded in fulfilling its mandate,” he said. “We will [...]

By |2019-07-12T09:51:09+07:00July 12th, 2019|News|0 Comments