JW Marriott Phuket In collaboration with Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Celebrated Songkran Festival

Phuket, Thailand – 13 April, 2018: Hundreds of people gathered on JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s Mai Khao Beachfront on Friday April 13, to release 55 1-year Green turtles into the Andaman Sea as part of celebrations to mark the Thai New Year also known as Songkran Festival and to wish the participants longevity.

55 Green Turtles were released to the Andaman Sea as a significant sign of the Songkran Festival at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s beachfront. (group photo from left to right position)
Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Deputy Director General of Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation
Khun Kanokkrittika Kritwutthikorn, Director of TAT Phuket Office
Mr. Olivier Le Quinquis, General Manager of Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach & Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club
Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor
Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of Phuket Marine Biological Center
Mr. Pongchat Chuehorm, Head of The Khao Pra Teaw Wildlife Center
Mr. Adul Chuthong, Chief Talang District
Captain Putthiporn Swatsut, Director of Communications Division, Third Naval Area Command
The 9th annual Mai Khao Marine Turtles Release Ceremony presided by Phuket Governor, Mr. Norraphat Plodthong at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Happy Songkran from all of us at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

In this occasion, Mr. Olivier Le Quinquis, General Manager of Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach & Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club welcomed participants and guests of honour among; Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor alongside with Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Deputy Director General of Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; Khun Kanokkrittika Kritwutthikorn, Director of TAT Phuket Office; Captain Putthiporn Swatsut, Director of Communications Division, Third Naval Area Command; Mr. Witoon Dechpramuanpol, Superintendent of Sirinat National Park and Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of Phuket Marine Biological Center.

The 55 Green Turtles released during Songkran festival were raised from eggs, hatched and collected by the Third Naval Area Command from Similan 1 island and was nurtured by Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) and Sea Turtles Conservation Center, Phang Nga Naval Base.

All monies raised through donations during the event, went towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

Songkran Celebrations included “Turtles Merit Releases” ceremony, beginning with the cultural long drum procession and sprinkling scented water on Buddha statue; pouring water over the palms of elders’ hands for blessing; participating fun-filled water activities and Thai traditional games in the hotel’s garden.

For more information about the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, please contact The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, via email info@maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org or call +66 076 338 000 ext. 3309. https://www.facebook.com/maikhaomarineturtlefoundation

24 Years of Wildlife Conservation Marked at Laguna Phuket Sea Turtle Conservation 2018

40 young sea turtles were released into the tranquil waters of the Andaman Sea to begin their lifetime ocean odysseys at Laguna Phuket’s 24th annual sea turtle release in the morning of Sunday, 1 April on Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) beachfront in Phuket, Thailand.

Led by Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor, the beach ceremony was part of Laguna Phuket’s on-going environmental partnership with Phuket Marine Biological Centre and the 3rd Area Naval Command, Royal Thai Navy to help the plight of endangered sea turtles.

Proceeds from sea turtle release tickets and other activities including merchandise sales at the event will be put towards the Centre’s sea turtles conservation programmes. To date, 2,105 sea turtles have been released by Laguna Phuket and 7 million Baht raised since 1994.

Over the course of 24 years, more than 4,500 people have participated in the initiative. The half-day activities include a visit to sea turtles nursery ponds, rescue ponds and sea turtle conservation trail where participants, mostly families with young children, were being briefed on the importance of wildlife conservation.

“Our ultimate goal is to actively engage, educate and inspire our guests, associates, community members and the general public that we all play a vital role in sea turtles and eco-system protection,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, SAVP of Laguna Phuket,

“We hope that this experience will encourage the young generations to be lifelong advocates of wildlife conservation and environmental preservation.” he concluded.

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) can live for up to 60 years and spend their lives roaming the world’s oceans. Only the females ever come ashore again to nest. For more information, visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR

New Life for 55 Marine Turtles During Songkran Festival

Phuket, Thailand – 2 April, 2018: The Mai Khao Marine Turtles Foundation in collaboration with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and its partners, will be hosting the 9th annual Mai Khao Marine Turtles Release Ceremony, which is scheduled during the Songkran Festival on April 13, from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm. Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor together with Ms. Kanokkritika Kritwuttikorn, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, TAT Phuket Office and representatives from its business partners will be a guest of honour and be part of the Thai New Year celebration.

Furthermore, the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation also has organized the exclusive Turtle release programs on April 15 from 9 am – 10 am together with IUCN. The event is supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Taking place on the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s beachfront, the 9th Mai Khao Marine Turtles release ceremony will see 55 new batches of rehabilitated green turtles introduced their natural life in the Andaman Sea, where they belong. Sea turtles represent longevity in Thai culture and releasing animals to nature is believed to bring good luck to the participant.
Phuket residents and hotel guests are invited to join what promises to be a fun, family-oriented and inspirational experience. In doing so they will be helping to protect the area’s endangered turtle population.

Every THB 5,000 raised through donations and additional money raised during the event will go towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

For more information about the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, please contact The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, via email info@maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org or call +66 076 338 000 ext. 3309. https://www.facebook.com/maikhaomarineturtlefoundation

Renaissance Phuket supports worldwide earth hour movement for the environment by going dark for one hour

Phuket, Thailand – March 26, 2018 – Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa went dark for one hour on March 24 to shine a light on climate action in support of Earth Hour 2018. The hotel joined millions around the world in turning off its lights at 8:30 p.m. local time to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created the annual global environmental awareness event 11 years ago to emphasize the threat of climate change.

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa participated by turning off non-essential lights, lighting candles at the bar, playing unplugged music, and serving complimentary green drinks from 8.30 pm. – 9.30 pm. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa will also participate in Marriott International’s drive to raise funds.

“It’s a privilege for us to support Earth Hour because it echoes Marriott International’s global focus on the environment” said Denise Naguib, Vice President of Sustainability and Supplier Diversity. “Today, business plays a critical role in taking on our world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, including climate change. Earth Hour reflects a philosophy we aim to practice year-round through our sustainability & social impact platform, Serve 360.”

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa is located at 555 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket, Thailand,
t. (66) 76-363-999. Online: www.renaissancephuket, twitter.com/renphuket.

Spirit to Serve at Thab Pla Village, Mangrove Reforestation in Phan Nga

Spirit to serve at mangrove reforestation in Thab Pla, Phan Nga province has continued for this year on it’s 1st quarter on March 8th. With collaboration of Marriott members in Phuket, there are more members joining due to their hotel ’s expansion. A group of 120 members from 9 Marriott Hotels were gathered to this event including the media. There were JW Marriott Phuket, JW Marriott Khao Lak, Renaissance Phuket, Marriott Vacation Club Phuket Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Merlin Beach, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, The Naka Island Resort and Spa Phuket and The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa Phuket.

For the fact of quarterly plantation, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) expected to plug 4,000 of young mangroves each time in order to expand and complete each zone per visit. The volunteers will be instructed by IUCN’s representative, planting the Mangrove and has their basic knowledge of how mangrove trees support us in the future. The plugging one mangrove, we place them 1.5 meter on spacing between each of them. To complete 1 rai (1600sqm), the 700 trees estimated to cover the area. This means each quarter, we will expand 5.7 rai (9,120 sqm). However weather forecast and tide time are important during the visit. The goal of year 2018 is to continue planting to cover 43 rai of Thab Pla Villag. This is no too far to compete as this project has started since 2016 and the team plan to see their cover all area in the end quarter.

Switched Lights Off at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Phuket, Thailand – 24 March, 2018: Lights were switched off all around the world in support of protecting the planet and #connect2Earth campaign of Earth Hour, a worldwide movement organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa joined forces again and participated in this campaign by switching off lights at the resort for an hour at 8:30 p.m. local time.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa turned off exterior signage lighting and non-essential interior lighting in appropriate public areas from 8.30 – 9.30 pm.

Guests enjoyed the unplug live music by our resident band and lit candles in the symbolic lights-off “Earth Hour 60+” together at Out of the Blue Drink Bar
Bartender created special cocktails ‘Protect The Planet’ for this occasion.
Bartender created special cocktails ‘Connect 2 Earth’ for this occasion.
Marriott Associates and IUCN Together for Mangrove Reforest in Phang Nga Province

PHUKET, THAILAND – 15 March 2018 – JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa team along with 108 representatives from Southern Marriott in collaboration with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), took part in ‘Mangrove Planting 2018’, at Baan Tab Pla, Phang Nga Province, and planted 4,000 mangrove saplings. As part of our Marriott’s “Serve 360: Doing Good In Every Direction.” – global commitment to sustainability and environmental strategy. This year, we plan to plant 20,000 mangrove saplings in Phang Nga, Rayong, Samut Sakorn and Samui. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa continues to support our local communities through mangrove reforestation.

Ms. Khanisthanee Kanhdanisdha (1st left, green), Director of Human Resources along with hotel associates of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa together with representatives from Southern Marriott in collaboration with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) planted 4,000 mangrove in Baan Tab Pla, Phang Nga Province
Ms. Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa