PHUKET, THAILAND – 29 September 2017 – World Tourism Day 2017 was marked in Phuket for the first time ever on 27 September, 2017 with a range of activities that promoted the theme of “Sustainable Tourism” organized by Marriott Thailand Business Council together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
World Tourism Day, an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is now in its 37th year and is aimed at promoting responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism.
Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong addressed the dignitary at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa where the world tourism day press conference about sustainable tourism was held. The Phuket Governor and participants was then dropped by at Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, enjoyed the highlight local Black Crab dishes, and visited the black crab (Pu Dam) community at Mai Khao Moo 3
The World Tourism Day Press conference event also was an opportunity to present a showcase of their award winning Sustainable Tourism Practices,
a premiere screening of “Black Crab Community”, a short documentary film produced and directed by social impact film director Mr. Alan Compton.
Throughout the month of October, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa presents ‘The Phuket Crabs Speciality’ to raise an awareness on sustainable seafood at its Thai restaurant, Ginja Taste. The highlight menu includes Steamed blue or black crab with herb and dip, Crispy golden soft crab shell with tamarind sauce and fried shallot, Cook blue or black crab with red curry and coconut milk sauce and more.
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IUCN and Marriott have been in partnership since 2013, and have worked together to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Rayong. To date, the partnership has restored over 16 hectares of mangrove forests, purchased over 5.5 million Baht worth of sustainable seafood and handicraft from local communities and contributed to improving the livelihoods of over 70 families. Over 9 million Baht has also been raised through the dollars for deeds programme to support conservation activities implemented by IUCN.
The Pu Dam community, where black crabs are sourced for JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa restaurants, was previously supported by Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a regional grant-making facility spanning 11 countries across Asia and the Indian Ocean. With MFF’s support, capacity-building programmes on community waste management and coastal resource management were launched and mangrove areas were restored as part of a community reforestation initiative.