The notion that sustainability is about products has hit the wall, and the sharp pivot to ESG, which not only addresses the environment but social aspects and governance is the new mantra,” said PHIST co-founder and co-organizer Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks.
Organised by the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview and C9 Hotelworks, with support from the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand, QUO and Delivering Asia Communications, PHIST 5 is a free-to-attend full-day forum that features highly informative sessions and networking opportunities. Workshops will be hosted on subjects such as “Green Finance for Hotels”, “Zero Waste Hotels” and “Materials for Sustainable Tourism”.
“PHIST is really highlighting sustainability with this year’s event, and the entire all-day conference is set to be insightful, informative and of course, high-energy,” said Bjorn Courage, President of Phuket Hotels Association.
Eric Ricaurte, founder & CEO of Greenview, commented: “Travel and tourism play a paramount role in sustainable development, and hotels are evolving their best practices to create more sustainable solutions for their properties and local communities.
This year’s agenda will focus on destination development, ocean health, hotel sustainability, community tourism, and global trends on sustainability.
Approximately 30 green exhibitors are also expected to attend PHIST 5, which includes workshops, green product expos, inspiring talks, and a chance to get in the ring and discuss a wide range of environmental and social sustainability topics.
The main event of this year’s PHIST is “Rumble in the Jungle”, six bouts with two speakers on a single subject, culminating in a battle of the heavyweights. Our workshops are designed to discuss and implement best practices for hotels that will strengthen their sustainability objectives and bring them closer to the local community.” The notion of sustainability has pivoted in recent years to focus on solutions that address not only environmental issues but also social aspects and governance. Over 1,000 participants, including senior executives and keynote speakers, will gather in Phuket on Monday 26th September 2022 to tackle the most important sustainability issues impacting the industry today.
PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), Southeast Asia’s biggest and best sustainable tourism forum, is back as a live, in-person event! Like previous editions of PHIST, this year’s event aims to challenge the status quo and bring practical, actionable solutions for tourism operators. Experts from local and international organisations will come together to highlight the most important issues facing the industry and local communities. Engaging and energetic, these bouts will highlight environmental sustainability, social impact and governance.
“A core focus at the upcoming PHIST 5 is about people and culture. Now, with travel and tourism at a crossroads, people want more local and ‘slow life’ experiences connecting them with their chosen destination. “We at Phuket Hotels Association look forward to welcoming a mix of local and international experts for meaningful discussions. The event is brought to you by sponsors aligned with their sustainability goals, including BanpuNEXT, Indorama Ventures, Blue Tree Phuket, GIZ, QUO, Delivering Asia Communications, XC02, Teak Timber Phuket, Dusit College Bangkok, Laguna Management Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket and Thaiger. Community impact is the new mantra, according to PHIST co-founder and co-organiser Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks.
“Prior to the pandemic, mindsets were changing. Running from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, this high-energy event is free to enter and open to the public. Plus, it is fantastic that the event is back in person!”
Attendance is complimentary, but pre-registration is required. Only those with a confirmed Eventbrite QR code and proof of at least two COVID vaccinations will be allowed entry. Registered delegates are also requested to follow SHA guidelines.
To register for this unmissable event, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/phuket-