PHIST 2019 to Take Place at Hilton
Phuket Arcadia Resort on 23 September
The Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism
conference will this
year take place at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa on 23
Organised by the Phuket Hotels Association, C9
PHIST is a free-to-attend one-day conference that aims to attract
approximately 1,000 delegates, including more than 70 of Phuket’s
leading hotels, retailers and other key stakeholders from across
the region, to discuss critical environmental issues and devise
ways of tackling them head-on.
PHIST 2019 will be attended by Kanokkrittika
Kritwutthikorn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Director for
Phuket, who will provide an overview of how the TAT is aiming to
ensure the island’s long-term future by targeting more high-end,
“The recent drop in arrivals to Phuket shows
just how damaging the boom and bust of mass tourism can be,” said
Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks. “More
than 15,000 new hotel rooms are set to enter the market over the
next five years, but who will fill them? Phuket, like all island
destinations, needs to develop a sustainable tourism industry that
works for the island, is immune to global economic volatility, and
ensures the preservation of the island’s natural resources for
generations to come. We are delighted to partner with the TAT at
PHIST 2019 to help create a viable future for Phuket.”
Last year, the Phuket Hotels Association’s 71
hotels agreed to remove single-use plastic water bottles from
their properties. This has resulted in a 51% reduction in 2019,
and over 4.4 million bottles saved.
PHIST 2019 will also aim to engage the next
generation with a series of children’s workshops and activities.
The forum will also feature the final of Green Beat 60, a
film-making contest that invites eco warriors of all ages to have
their say on critical issues.
“At PHIST 2019, we want to push sustainability
to the top of the agenda by tackling the key issue facing Asia’s
island destination: the shift from mass tourism to a more
sustainable future. We want all visitors to be able to experience
our wonderful destinations, but this must be achieved without
negatively impacting the environment,” said
President of Phuket Hotels Association.