Asian Resorts Go Forward in Being Green

October 3, 2019

Today, as the global tourism industry faces increasing scrutiny, Asian vacation chains that claim sustainability is their core value must be frustrated.

Brands that thrive in Asia, such as Six Senses, Banyan Tree, Como and Amanresorts, are working hard to eliminate disposable plastics, reduce waste, give back to the community, promote ecotourism and take the lead in all other areas to do a good job.

This fact is often forgotten in the glare of large-scale hotel developments in the region and related issues such as traffic congestion, pollution and tourist safety.

As we report in the report below, the Six Sense Group has completely shaken off the plastics industry and may be the only chain in the world that requires owners to set aside a percentage of their income for the Sustainability Fund.

Phuket is leading a new campaign to make Asia’s tourist islands more sustainable. No wonder. According to a recent study by travel insurance company Columbus Direct, Phuket is the most densely populated destination in the world with 5,090 visitors per square mile. In contrast, the second densely populated city of Palma de Mallorca, with its tourism industry, has 2,918 visitors per square mile per day.

There are more than 9 million visitors a year in Phuket, with 25,452 visitors hanging out on the streets and beaches every day. Although the number of tourists in Bangkok is the largest in the world, more than 20 million, due to its size, the Thai capital only receives 91 tourists per square mile.

Founded two years ago, the Phuket Hotels Association has created Asia’s largest annual travel and tourism sustainability gathering, and the second event last week attracted around 1,000 delegates. This includes not only hotel general managers, but also general staff and students to attract young people to participate in green discussions.

Unlike the gloomy sustainability forum, the Phuket Island Sustainable Travel Hotel, co-hosted by C9 Hotelworks and Greenview, has recently created a happy atmosphere that has made it a serious topic and has won newcomers.

The association also released the Green Hotel Guide, which introduces best practices from 56 of the 74 members and can help the hotel take the first step.

The resort is an important part of the Asian tourism industry. Phuket hotels are a good thing, and other islands such as Bali and Boracay have anchor events to learn from each other.

Also in this issue, please read our continued introduction to the unsustainable business of the Thomas Cook Group and the unsustainable vision of the Indonesian authorities on Komodo Island.