World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

PHUKET, THAILAND – 26 September 2017 – In celebration of World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017, JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Marriott Thailand Business Council will host a showcase of their award winning Sustainable Tourism Practices, “Best CSR – Social Impact Partnership” at the 2017 Rockefeller Social Impact Awards, curated by The Resource Alliance.

The highlight of the event, to be held at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa in Mai Khao sub-district, will be an awareness-raising event on sustainable seafood , the special black crab dish that will be served for dinner on World Tourism Day itself. The crabs used in this specially-prepared dish are sustainably sourced from the Pu Dam community as they are wild caught from Klong Au Ta Pao mangrove forest, located 5km from JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa. The crabs – only those bigger than 150 grams – are caught using low impact gear and boats without engines.

Marriott has been purchasing black crabs and other sustainable seafood from the Pu Dam community since 2014.
“We take great care and effort when it comes to where our fish and seafood is sourced from, and we always choose sustainable options. We believe in doing our bit for the environment, and also want to support and improve the livelihoods of coastal-resources dependent communities,” said Chef Dietmar Spitzer, Executive Chef for JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.

The World Tourism Day event will also include an “Ancient Wild” black crab cooking class, where guests will learn how to make authentic Phuket dishes with Tanasub Trisub AKA Chef Tham, a local chef, alongside handicraft activities at the Mai Khao Women’s Community Group Bracelet project.

The event will also feature other unique sustainable tourism initiatives such as the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Shelter and Education Center, a local non-governmental organization and IUCN Member organization. There will also be a premiere screening of “Black Crab Community”, a short documentary film produced and directed by social impact film director Mr. Alan Compton.

Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong, directors from Tourism Authority of Thailand, local media, representativesfrom IUCN and the Pu Dam community will be at the resort to celebrate the special day.

The importance of sustainable seafood is picking up real momentum as the world’s fisheries are in great danger of collapsing due to overfishing. Increasing demand for seafood and advances in technology have led to overfishing practices, causing species to become endangered, as well as intensive and poorly regulated aquaculture, which directly impacts nearby ecosystems. Purchasing and consuming sustainable seafood is a fundamental step in protecting our oceans and ensuring that future generations can still rely on fisheries in the future.

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 partnership contributes to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production, SDG Goal 14 on conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, and SDG Goal 17 on global partnership for sustainable development.

“In order for sustainable development to work, all sectors of society need to work together. This partnership truly embodies just that as we have the private sector – represented by international hotel chain Marriott, the local communities – represented by the Pu Dam community and the public sector – represented by IUCN, working together towards a common goal of protecting our oceans,” said Petch Manopawitr, Thailand Programme Coordinator and Deputy, Indo-Burma Group, 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.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Hunting and gathering livelihood of Mud Crab Community, Mai Khao, Phuket.
World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Fishing has been a livelihood that has been passed on for generations. Fishers live close to the shore and anchor their boats in canals. Mangrove forests are a natural shelter to protect boats and properties from storms as well as produce food.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
The livelihood of the mud crab village relies heavily on the harvest of mud crabs. Mud crabs are the most mangrove-dependent of sourced seafood. Small-scale fishermen catch mud crabs in mangrove estuaries. This sweet-meat crustacean is a highly valuable resource for local economies. The mud crab spends its whole life cycle in and around mangrove forests.
World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Crab traps which have been leaving overnight are collected by Mr. Aoom, with his uncle, Mr. Loan rowing at the back of the boat with help from his cousin Mr. Chame along Au Ta Pao canal, Phuket.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
A dish of stir-fried Black Crab with yellow curry is carefully cooked before being served to hotel guests. To ensuring the safety, quality and freshness of seafood products, Marriott Chefs source raw ingredients daily from local small-scale artisan fishers. This promotes sustainable and low impact fisheries, and reduces by-catch species and ecological footprints. To support a healthy ocean, eating species lower down the food chain (crabs, squid, oyster, mackerel, sardines, mussels) which are managed and caught responsibly are encouraged.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
The fact that in the fishing culture, men work at sea while most women stay at home and manage the household and take care of children which means men contribute significantly to family’s income. To provide additional income, IUCN and Marriott work together to develop and identify opportunities for sourcing of sustainable souvenirs and gifts from local communities.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Marriott Welcome Bracelet – gift for hotel guests
Marriott hotels have sourced welcome bracelets from local women artisans, the Mai Khao Handicraft Group. The Marriott welcome bracelet connects the hotel, community and guests. Housewives gather to weave bracelets during their free time. Several thousand of the bracelets have been given to guests of the nearby hotels. To raise awareness of marine and coastal resources conservation, the bracelet is decorated with iconic marine species shape varied by hotel’s location.
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach gets active in local community with “Run To Give”

Phuket, Thailand, 24 September 2017 – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has joined forces with its neighbor, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, to organize the “Run To Give” – a charitable event that forms part of Marriott International’s Take Care campaign.

The run, which took place on Sunday, 24th September 2017, was made even more significant this year as it featured well-known athletic stars including Elle Brooks, Thanyapura’s brand ambassador triathlete; Ekkarat Phanthip, head triathlon coach; and Marcela Soto, a nutritionist and Muay Thai boxing champion.

The aim of the event was to raise funds for charity, to reinforce Marriott International’s focus on developing community relations and enhancing its core values of putting people first.

“Not only is this event a first for us, as Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach only recently opened, but it also further underscores Marriott’s brand commitments as part of the Take Care campaign. We want to ensure that our operations and associates continue to drive positive sustainable social benefits within the local community,” said David Ippersiel, the resort’s General Manager.

Run to Give is actually a series of events organized in various communities in which Marriott International properties operate. Each event is unique to its location, and the funds raised from every run go towards local charities to ensure a maximum local impact.

Initiated by Marriott International in Phuket, this year’s “Run To Give” took part at 5:00am on Sunday morning at the Bang Wad Reservoir and Dam in Kathu, Phuket.

Angsana Laguna Phuket and sister hotels in Laguna Phuket achieve “Earthcheck Silver” certification

Thailand, September 2017 – EarthCheck, the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism organization has certified Angsana Laguna Phuket and six other business units – Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Angsana Vacation Club, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Banyan Tree Spa and Laguna Golf Phuket with the Silver EarthCheck Certification for the 3rd consecutive year.

The achievement is a recognition of Laguna Phuket’s sustainability efforts in Thailand. To continue achieving the EarthCheck Silver Certification, businesses are required to maintain a strong sustainable policy and implement an environmental action plan for proper monitoring and measurements on key performance areas.

Angsana Laguna Phuket, offering vibrant rooms and villas on Bangtao beach, Phuket, first joined EarthCheck in 2012 through the initiative of the Banyan Tree Group to maintain its commitment to sustainable operations to the highest level – building a better society for all while integrating green practices into the operations.

Building on existing sustainability campaigns Angsana Laguna Phuket has put in place a number of initiatives to engage guests, associates and the local community, such as guest room and office energy conservation, recycling of materials, maintenance of an organic farm, supporting local orphanages and elderly homes and regular tree planting with minimum of 2,000 trees per resort per year and beach cleaning activities.

“Receiving the EarthCheck Silver Certification for the 3rd year running is proof that Angsana Laguna Phuket has taken a prominent role in energy conservation. It is a great example of an organization that is committed to environmental sustainability. The team and I are keen and motivated to consistently maintain this performance in order to achieve the Gold Certification, not only to continue promoting environmentally friendly practices; but also to remind us that it is the core responsibility of each business unit to protect the environment we operate in” said Ms Figen Bulut, Hotel Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run (5Km & 10 Km) on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October at Central Festival (2nd Floor, Bank Zone) from 11am – 8.30pm. First 100 entries, post on social media with hashtag #LPTCharityFunRun, get free gift! Registration also available online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com until 13 November.

LPT Charity Fun Run entry fee is THB 500 for 5Km and THB 650 for 10Km. Laguna Phuket will take THB 100 from your entry fee and give to Kao Project, a charity run by Mr. Athiwara Khongmalai (Khun Toon Bodyslam) to raise fund for hospitals in Thailand. Laguna Phuket will add another THB 100 on top of each entry to double the fund (THB 100 from entry fee + THB 100 from Laguna Phuket = THB 200 per one runner donated to Kao Project).

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place during 18-19 November; Saturday 18 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K & 10K) and Sunday 19 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon race day (Swim 1.8K, Bike 50K and Run 12 K.)

More info at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run

Angsana Laguna Phuket CSR Activity | International Coastal Cleanup Day

“Keep Phuket Clean by our hearts and hands” is an organised beach cleanup event initiated by the Phuket Hotels Association’s Environmental & Sustainability Working Group members’ and is supported by the Phuket Governor and Tourism Authority Thailand.

The sister hotels of Laguna Phuket starts with Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket , Banyan Tree Phuket and Cassia Phuket collaborated with government, local schools and university representatives work hands in hands for clearing all debris left from the heavy rain.

After waste separation knowledge sharing and fun games from our co-partner hotel “Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket” , we had separated all debris into 4 categories as below:

Waste Category Quantity (Kg)
– Biodegradable 128.6
– General 45.8
– Recycle 50.3
– Hazardous 2.1
Total Collected Waste 226.8

Angsana Laguna Phuket CSR Activity | International Coastal Cleanup Day

Angsana Laguna Phuket CSR Activity | International Coastal Cleanup Day

Angsana Laguna Phuket CSR Activity | International Coastal Cleanup Day

Kata Beach Clean-Up to celebrate the World Clean-Up Day

Phuket: On September 16, The Kata Sea Breeze Resort, Patra Mansion, The SIS Kata Phuket from the AKSARA Collection, in collaboration with Clean the Beach Boot Camp organized a fitness and clean-up activities at Kata Beach to celebrate the World Clean-Up Day, speech opening by Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong.

Kata Beach Clean-Up to celebrate the World Clean-Up Day in collaboration of AKSARA Collection and Clean the Beach Boot Camp

Kata Beach Clean-Up to celebrate the World Clean-Up Day in collaboration of AKSARA Collection and Clean the Beach Boot Camp

The annual World Clean-up Day is celebrated on the third week of September. The AKSARA Collection led Khun Phanrawa Phattaraworanee, and Mr. Matthew C. Hindmarch, together with Clean the Beach Boot Camp headed by Mr. Krix Luther and Student of Prince of Songklah Phuket University led by Mr.Collin Gallagher saw the significance of the event and initiated a clean-up activity held on September 16, 2017 at the Kata Beach.

The Kata Beach is a destination for tourists who like to surf, exercise, and appreciate the beauty of nature. The sole purpose of this activity is to maintain the cleanliness and purity of the Kata coast line, as well as to bring awareness to foreign and local tourists in preserving the beauty and cleanliness of the Kata Beach. Furthermore, there will be a beach work-out activity before the cleaning activity begins.

Phuket Ready to Host 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon This November

On 13 September, at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Norapat Plodthong at Phuket City Hall, the progress of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) organization, this year comprising an inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November and 24th annual LPT on Sunday 19 November, was previewed by government officials as well as members of the press.

The race, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”. Interested triathletes and fun runners are encouraged to register for both “24th LPT” and “1st LPT Charity Fun Run” on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October at Central Festival Phuket or online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

The enduring appeal and unique race distance of Laguna Phuket Triathlon attract entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide. Weeks leading to the race, once again, see athletes and visitors descend to Phuket island to train, practice on course and take interval rest to get ready for the race on Sunday 19 November which is expected to be exciting. With athlete’s followers and supporters also traveling to Phuket, the race is expected to generate more than 74 million baht spending in tourism segment for the island

“I am pleased that 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will once again attract athletes from around the world to Phuket Province,” said Prapa Hemmin, Event Director, represented Laguna Phuket at the press session, “We are expecting more than 1,200 athletes to join the race this year, plus another 1,000 to participate in the Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November. Registration opens for both events at www.lagunaphukettri.com until 13 November,” she concluded.

Like every year, Laguna Phuket will also be fundraising for Laguna Phuket Foundation during LPT. Athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s sports events are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes such as Community Learning Centre, Mobile Learning Centre, Seedlings Phuket Social-Enterprise Restaurant, Children First Fund and etc. Athletes can make donations via online event registration and at the donation booth at the event.

For more info, visit www.lagunaphukettri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri

The 13th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run Across The Sea & Mini Marathon 2017

Phuket – 5 September 2017: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in collaboration with Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its foundation partners will host its annual fundraising sports event, the 13th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run across the Sea and Mini Marathon 2017, which will be taking place on Sunday October 8th, 2017, from 5.30 am – 7.30 am, at the Phuket Gateway.

On this occasion, Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Governor of Phuket, will be the honored guest and preside on the race day. The event is a fun and family oriented affair with open for all ages and public. The race starts and finishes at a spectacular Phuket Gateway and encompass the surrounding beauty of Had Sai Kaew beach, T. Baan Ta Chat Chai and the village and the mini marathon 10.2 km will run across the iconic Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga province back and forth.

Rise with the Sun, Run for Conservation of Sea Turtles Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Gears Up for The 13th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run Across The Sea & Mini Marathon 2017

There are 2.5km family run, 5.3km normal or VIP run and a 10.2km mini marathon. For both, overall fun run 5.3km and 10.2Km – male and female category, trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st to 5th place finishers.

All registered runners will also receive a running shirt and medal, and there will be numerous trophies for the hotel and running club with the most participants, the heaviest, oldest and youngest runners, the best fancy outfit and much more.

The entry fee is 350 Baht per person for normal 5.3km and 1,500 Baht for VIP 5.30 km (guaranteed trophy) ; 350 Baht per person for mini marathon 10.2km category and THB 1,200 per family (2 adults and maximum 2 children aged under 12 years old) for family run category.

The money raised will go towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems for the wellbeing of the sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

For online booking and registration is available from July 17 – 20 September 2017, log on to www.maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org

Or walk-in registration at The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s during 21 – 30th September, from 10 am to 5 pm, call +66 (0) 76 338 000 ext. 3309 or email to maikhaoturtlefoundation@gmail.com

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors, associates, volunteers and participants.

The annual Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon – while also aiming to encourage in people a healthy lifestyle – is a collaborative effort by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to raise funds and awareness of the conservation work done by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and its “The Injured Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program” to rescue, rehabilitate and release (recovered) injured turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.

Phuket’s endangered sea turtles – which use Mai Khao Beach as a nesting ground – are facing multiple threats, their numbers having severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year, while many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean.

Amanpuri Victorious at “Thanyapura 7 Soccer Charity” Competition

PHUKET, THAILAND – Amanpuri walked away as winners of the “Thanyapura 7 Soccer Charity” Competition, a fundraising event for Yaowawit School, Kapong on the 25th of August. Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort was the first runner-up while Trisara took second place.

A total of 24 Phuket hotels and companies gathered to compete in the friendly football match. The tournament took place at Thanyapura’s FIFA Standard Football Pitch and raised 84,000 baht for Yaowawit School, Kapong from following organisations:

Yaowawit School is a public-private homestay school for children from underprivileged families, located in the rainforest of Phang Nga Province, 135 km from Phuket. Founded by the “Children’s World Academy Foundation” registered in Germany and Thailand, the school was inaugurated with the blessing of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in April 2006. The goal of this non-profit organisation is to help children reach their full potential and break them out of the poverty cycle by providing them with quality education. The school was founded by German philanthropist Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg in 2005. Yaowawit has partnered up with Marriott International’s “Marriott Thailand Business Council” to run the Yaowawit Pre-Vocational Hospitality Academy and Yaowawit Lodge.