Tourist operators sign Phuket Pledge to phase out single-use plastics

Economy September 25, 2018 14:45

By The Nation

The “Phuket Pledge” is being embraced by leading regional hotels and tourist organisations as a forum aims for a province-wide commitment to eradicate single-use plastics in the industry.

The Phuket Pledge is a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle single-use plastics, with the aim to phase it out in all hotels and resorts.

In addition, stakeholders vowed to undertake a youth community education programme to ensure grassroots awareness of the critical problems surrounding plastic usage on the islands.

Industry leaders and organisations signed on at the Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism Forum 2018 (PHIST) held on September 24. In addition to reducing plastics use, the forum wants to establish a sustainability model for future development of islands throughout Asia, and set urgent goals for long-term change. 

“Plastic reduction has been at the core of our company sustainability efforts for over a decade,” said Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas President Bernhard Bohnenberger. “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. More than 550 delegates from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong and other countries gathered at the JW Marriott Mai Khao in Phuket on September 24 to debate key issues.

PHIST was co-organised by Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks led by managing director Bill Barnett, and Greenview CEO Eric Ricaurte.