Phuket, Thailand, 22 August, 2017 – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, recently undertook a CSR activity aimed at teaching culinary skills to local children.
The hotel’s kitchen team traveled to Yaowawit School in Phuket to help young students learn basic cooking skills, such as handling kitchen equipment and creating simple recipes. The goal of this project was to build the children’s culinary confidence and help them learn new skills that will benefit their lives in the future.
It also provided an introduction to a possible future culinary career, helping to sustain demand for hospitality professionals in Phuket and Thailand’s southern provinces in the coming years.
This CSR initiative forms part of Marriott’s core brand values, which sees every hotel “Give Back to the Community”.
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Bangkok, Thailand. 4 May 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group, led by President and CEO, Mr. Peter Henley (centre), congratulates students of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab who won the Best Design, Inspiring Design and Creative Design Awards as part of its Arts for the Planet 2017 project. The four winning teams received trophies and scholarships worth a total of 110,000 THB from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation at the award ceremony and exhibition event.
The event was part of the Arts for The Planet 2017 project, which aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste. For the project, ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with the Scrap Lab of the Faculty of Architecture at Kasetsart University and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The Scrap Lab incorporated the project into its educational curriculum.
Students who participated the Scrap Lab course received the opportunity to learn about issues relating to waste management, and were involved in hands-on activities such as cleaning up a canal, before going on to explore the design ideas and processes. They then experiment a process of developing products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab, and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from upcycling ocean debris.
ONYX Hospitality Group acknowledges the support of sponsors including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, who provided funds to the students participating in the project in order to support product development. To help the students supplement their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, senior leaders from the three corporate sponsors also provide factory visits and coaching support to the students for development of their product designs and prototypes.
Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 were selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony.
The Best Design Award was presented to Mr. Piphat Thongta and Ms. Chawanlapa Darachart for their creations titled “Beep Beep”. The students transformed a combination of leftover sponge, synthetic rattan, dacron, wood and aluminium from a furniture factory and mixed them with concrete to create plant pots and candle light holders which were all presented in practical and visually appealing packaging. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 40,000 THB.
The Inspiring Design Award was presented to Mr. Seksit Pakdee and Mr. Guillaume Bichon for their creation titled “Fantasteak”. The students have created a chair, a desk lamp and a photo frame using recycled plastic boards from Tlejourn, left over bottle corks from their university cafeteria, teak and leather scraps from the sponsors’ factories. They credit Lego for the inspiration behind their creation. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 30,000 THB.
The Creative Design Awards were presented to two teams of students. The first team, consisting of Ms. Nutkritta Nilkamhaeng and Ms. Lucie Lauwerier, created “From the bin to the sky”, a product made from leftover rope braid scrap from a furniture factory and straws from the university cafeteria into do-it-yourself kites in various shapes. The second team, consisting of Ms. Marie Le Gouellec and Ms. Pattanayu Thongloi, received the award for their product called “Metisse” which are practical wall partitions developed from scrap rubber sheets and foil papers. Both teams of students has received trophies and a scholarship worth 20,000 THB.
About Arts for the Planet 2017
Arts for The Planet 2017 is a project of ONYX Hospitality Group in collaboration with Scrap Lab of Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Architecture, and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The project aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and aims to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste.
The Arts for The Planet project has been incorporated as part of the Scrap Lab course for a period of 14 weeks from January to May 2017. Registered students receive the opportunity of learning about the potential of usually overlooked waste materials, and are offered guidance on how to transform such materials into practical products, particularly those used by hotels on a regular basis. The project also aims to showcase how a partnership between the business and educational sectors could offer environmental, societal and economic benefits.
During the course and the project, students learnt about overall environmental issues, including waste production and management, and participated in a clean-up activity at a canal in Bangplee district, before going on to explore the design of ideas and processes, and then the development of products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts. These experts include Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design, as well as the founder of KU’s Scrap Lab; and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from
upcycling ocean debris.
ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with its sponsors, including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, to provide funds to the students participating in the Arts for The Planet project to support product developmental processes. To help the students bridge their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, the three business partners provide assistance and consultancy to the students as they develop their designs and production processes.
After a period of 14 weeks, eight teams from Kasetsart University’s architectural school will present their innovative ideas on transforming waste factory materials into practical applications and products. Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 will be selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation.
Background information: ONYX Hospitality Group partners for Arts for The Planet 2017
Kiat Siam Leatherware
Kiat Siam Leatherware is a specialist in producing the finest quality leatherware products, custom designed to meet clients’ special requirements. With more than 30 years experience in producing quality leather products, the company’s expert craftsmen are committed to meet the most demanding of requirements. The company’s products such as amenities boxes, tissue boxes, menu covers and register blotters have become essential items used in many hotels, restaurants and even limousines across Thailand and internationally. For more information, visit www.kiatsiam.com
With over 50 years of experience, Hawaii Thai has grown into Thailand’s largest producer and exporter of wicker furniture, operating from a production base located in an area of over 80 rais (31.6 acres) in Prachinburi Province. This plant is well equipped with the highest manufacturing facilities to cater to the needs of both domestic and international customers. The company produces furniture and furnishing products for hotels, homes and residences and takes pride in functionality and elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.hawaiithai.com
Extensive Research Polymers (ERP)
ERP is the manufacturer of high quality rubber parts and compound for industries including automotive and home appliances. The company has been established at Samutprakarn province since 1991 with rubber compound as a core business. In 2004, the ERP factory moved from Samutprakarn province to Chonburi province to expand its capacity and improve process. The company also operates its own laboratory to test and develop products to meet clients’ speciﬁcations. For more information, visit http://erppolymers.com
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is proud to be help support the NAT Association, an inspirational local charity working towards a brighter future for underprivileged children in Thailand.
The NAT Association is a French charity which was founded in 2005 by Elisabeth and Jean-Claude Zana in loving memory of their daughter, Natacha Zana, who lost her life when the tsunami hit Phi Phi Island in 2004. The charity began by providing immediate help for the many children orphaned by the natural disaster. Its primary goal is to support poor children through education and it went on to establish the Natacha Primary School and Nursery in Ban Kuankojan, Krabi. Today, the schools employ one Thai Principal and nine Thai teachers who provide education for 120 young students. Thanks to generous donations, the NAT Association continues to ensure that Thai youngsters in need receive a good education and have the chance to fulfil their potential.
A leading luxury brand under AccorHotels, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has pledged to support PLANET 21, an exciting initiative which embraces 21 commitments in favour of sustainable development, health, nature, carbon reduction, innovation, local development, employment and dialogue for the wellbeing of our world. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility for local development, on 17th March,2017 at 18.30 Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is going to hold the performance Thai traditional dance show by school children at the Maya Garden also service beverage corner for guest who joined the show, All of benefit from the service will give to NAT Association for support children in need.
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is renowned for its luxurious rooms and suites, gourmet restaurants, outstanding facilities, and gracious Thai hospitality. Set in a lush tropical garden with the largest free-form swimming pool in Asia, and a few steps from the beach, the resort is the perfect choice for talk-of-the-town weddings, banquets or events. Guests can also enjoy world-class facilities that include four restaurants serving Thai and international cuisines, a fully equipped fitness centre complete with steam room and sauna, a tranquil spa, an exclusive 9-hole golf course, and a Kids Club.
For further information about NAT Association and Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, please contact H6184-MK1@SOFITEL.COM
Laguna Phuket launched its newest “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” earlier this year as a charity event with a mission of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” and children of Phuket as beneficiary. Scheduled to take place at the resort’s various scenic locations during Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March this year, the inaugural Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is a 3-day charity food festival with live music, entertainment and celebrity chef Audra Morrice and stars appearances. The Festival is aimed to heighten Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO, launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up to support Phuket orphanages, as well as to create yet another lifestyle destination event within Laguna Phuket resort complex in celebration of its 30th Anniversary in 2017.
Ringing in the mood of festivities on 3 March, various Laguna Phuket’s resorts will whip up sumptuous music & pop-up dinners.
On 4 March, the Festival held at Canal Village from 11am – 8pm by the tranquil lagoons will feature ‘live’ culinary demonstrations by Australia reality cooking competition MasterChef Asia Judge Chef Audra Morrice, pop-up concept food booths serving tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine, food truck and dining garden accompanied by vibrant professional musical performances including bands’ performances by aspiring youths. The entry is free, and everyone invited.
The Festival’s star-studded Charity Gala Dinner with auctions will be held on 4 March at the resort’s grand Latitude Marquee with celebrity stars’ appearance such as Fivera, Jazziam, Black ‘n’ Blue, Gam, Dome, etc., priced at THB 3,000 per person or THB 28,000 for a table of ten. The Laguna Phuket Charity Super Sunday Brunch on 5 March will take place at the contemporary XANA Beach Club, priced at THB 1,950 nett per person and THB 2,900 nett per person with free-flow beverages.
The Festival is also planned as a platform to launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary this year with an objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages.
Proceeds from the Festival together with Laguna Phuket contribution will go to “Children First Fund” and monthly contribution of food and necessities will be given to Children First Fund’s program partners – the 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 orphans and underprivileged children.
Laguna Phuket expects that the fund raised from the Festival will fruitfully support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages for at least one full year.
The resort also hopes that its newly launched ‘Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’ will become another permanent installation on Phuket tourism’s calendar” like its famous annual marathon and triathlon events.
Laguna Phuket Kindergarten students awarded two gold medals from the 2016 Artistic Dexterity. There were 51 entrants at this year’s competition. This annual event was held by the Primary Education Area Office at Phuket Kindergarten School on September 24, 2016.