Southeast Asia’s hospitality leaders step into the ring to fight for sustainability at PHIST 5

PHUKET, THAILAND – PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), Southeast Asia’s largest and best responsible travel and hospitality forum, is back on Monday 26e September will deal a fatal blow to unsustainable tourism in Southeast Asia! Returning as a live, in-person gathering, this fast-paced event addressed key topics impacting the region and supporting the green recovery of hotels and tourism operators from the global pandemic.

Hosted at ACES, Angsana Laguna Phuket, the theme for this year’s PHIST was Muay Thai, the high energy and culturally rich sport of Thai boxing, which has achieved worldwide fame and popularity and represents the battle for preserve authentic art, heritage and tradition. Muay Thai fighters from Australia, Brazil, Thailand and the United States faced off in the main hall of ACES on Monday in a series of “great fights”.

Following these physical battles, keynote speakers delivered verbal blows by providing unique insights into critical issues facing the industry including community tourism, green operations, ocean health, destination management , post-COVID trends and more. This included the “Rumble in the Jungle” – seven verbal fights between two speakers, culminating in a heavyweight battle.

A series of expert-led workshops focused on practical topics such as “Green finance for hotels”, “Zero waste” and “Materials for sustainable tourism”, and a Green Expo featured a comprehensive selection of innovative and environmentally friendly products from around 30 exhibitors. Finally, delegates were able to discuss the day’s events with evening networking cocktails.

Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks and Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of PHIST, said: “We are thrilled that PHIST has returned this week as a live, face-to-face event. The disrupted global pandemic all aspects of our lives, but perhaps if it had a positive outcome, it forced the world to live, work and think more sustainably. At PHIST 5, we’ve delved into the most important trends affecting the industry and provided practical, actionable solutions that hoteliers and business owners can use to boost their operations during these challenging times – and sustain them for years to come. come.

Bjorn Courage, Chairman of the Phuket Hotel Association, commented: “Last year, even when many companies were struggling to stay above water, we saw the travel industry come together at our virtual forum to advance the cause of sustainability. This week, as 500 delegates from across Southeast Asia met in person at PHIST 5, we were able to share more ideas and deliver on our promises. Collaboration is key – when people come together, great things can happen. What we have decided at PHIST can generate positive benefits for your company and the whole region. It was great to see everyone jump in the ring and get involved!

Hope Uy, General Manager of South Palms Resort in Panglao, said: Islands such as Panglao and Phuket feel environmental and social problems even more acutely than other destinations. Freshwater, waste disposal, coral bleaching; they are not just concepts – they impact our daily lives and operations. The only sustainable solution is to work hand in hand with communities and create a circular economy. I was thrilled to meet like-minded people at PHIST 5 to share our experiences and come up with workable solutions.

Kevin Deisser, CEO and Founder of Invest Islands, added: “In a diverse archipelago like Indonesia, preserving the integrity of island life is at the heart of everything that happens. Every development we undertake must have a positive impact on local people and, if undertaken in the right way, will bring long-term benefits to all parties. In Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, indigenous peoples have already established highly sustainable lifestyles. As outsiders, tourism providers and promoters need to work with and learn from islanders.

Eric Ricaurte, Founder and CEO of Greenview, concluded: “Before the pandemic, the mentalities of travelers were already changing. Today, with travel and tourism at a crossroads, people want more authentic experiences that connect them to their destination of choice. Our PHIST workshops have been designed to create best practices for hotels that will not only strengthen their sustainability goals, but also bring them closer to the local community. Tourism plays a central role in the development of the islands, so it is essential that we act responsibly.

An exciting new feature at this year’s PHIST was the inaugural award for “Sustainable Design Innovation”, which was presented to Patrick Keane, founder of Enter Projects. Founded in 2005, Enter Projects has created a myriad of award-winning projects and continues to earn worldwide recognition for its eco-planning, architecture and interior services.

A collaboration between the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview and C9 Hotelworks, with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AmCham), QUO, Creative Concept AV, Delivering Asia Communications, Banpu NEXT, Indorama Ventures, Junkyard Theater Phuket, GIZ, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Blue Tree Phuket, XCO2, ZeroWater Thailand, Revolution X, AustCham Thailand, Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Thaiger, Travel Daily, Teak Timber Phuket, Mbs Thai, Cocktails & Co, Wine on Tap, FullMoon Brewery and Kombuchawow.

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Exhibitors: Royal Phuket Marina, Reddonatura India Private Limited, Sentinel Solution (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Development Management Group Co., Ltd., Ecolab LTD, Reef Repair, OKLIN (THAILAND) CO., LTD, Hoteliers.Guru, CREATIVE MOVE COMPANY LIMITED, Green Footprint Solutions Ltd, PHUKET TEINTHONG, EHL Hospitality Business School, Good Drop Water, SensorFlow, Sustainable Maikhao, SOS, Zero water, Seeds of Change, Hobart Thailand, Smarter Energy Solution, Diversey Hygiene (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Sunsear Phuket, Banpu NEXT Co., Ltd., Blue Tree and BAAN SAIJAI CO., LTD.

About PHIST 2022

The Fifth Annual PHIST 2022; Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism, to be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 at ACES Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort. PHIST is an innovative event bringing together the hospitality industry and its stakeholders to discuss environmental sustainability and community benefits. The last in-person PHIST event in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic attracted over 1000 delegates and this year we estimate a similar number: with strategic partners such as TAT ​​(Tourism Authority of Thailand) and TCEB (Thailand Convention and Events Bureau) and other stakeholders also organizing tandem affiliate events and meetings.

The event will bring together regional public and private sector experts from dozens of organizations and is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, intended to synergize global expertise with Thai stakeholders. Co-hosted by Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview and C9 Hotelworks; The Phuket Hotels Association is a non-profit organization with over 80 member hotels and resorts, ranging from small boutique hotels to large international luxury chains that have partnered to promote Phuket as a destination, as well as a number of important activities, each with its own working group of hotel general managers overseeing the following: environment and sustainability; Education and destination marketing.

About the Phuket Hotel Association

The Phuket Hotels Association is a non-profit organization comprising a wide range of hotels. Our goal is to promote a comprehensive and vibrant image of Phuket to travelers around the world by celebrating the diversity of Phuket’s natural resources and vibrant culture, while providing scholarships, environmental initiatives and other activities. communities to help nurture and grow Phuket’s position as one of the world’s most desirable destinations.

Members of the Phuket Hotel Association are:

Absolute Twin Sands Resort, Amanpuri, Amari Phuket, Amatara Resort & Wellness, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, Anantara Maikhao Phuket Villas, Anantara Vacation Club Maikhao Phuket, Andara Resort & Villas, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Burasari Resort Phuket, Cape Sienna Hotels & Villas, Centara Grand Beach Resort, Club Med Phuket, COMO Point Yamu, Dewa Nai Yang, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Vacations Auberge Maikhao, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Patong, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, Impiana Resort Patong, InterContinental Phuket Resort, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Rocks, Keemala, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Manathai Surin Phuket , Millennium Resort Patong Phuket, Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket, Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Paresa Resort, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Merlin Beach, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Nai Yang Beach, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, Ramada Plaza Chaofa, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Rosewood Phuket, SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, Serenity Resort and Residences, Splash Beach Resort, Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach, Thanyapura Sports Hotel, The Bell Pool Villa Resort, The Boathouse Phuket, The Clover Hotel Patong, The Nai Harn Phuket, The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, The Nature Phuket, The Pavilions Phuket, The Slate, The Surin, The Village Coconut Island, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, Trisara, Twinpalms MontAzure, Twinpalms Phuket, U Zenmaya Phuket, Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket.

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