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PHIST 2019 to Take Place at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort on 23 September

The Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST) conference will this year take place at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa on 23 September 2019.

Organised by the Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks and Greenview, PHIST is a free-to-attend one-day conference that aims to attract approximately 1,000 delegates, including more than 70 of Phukets 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 Thailands Director for Phuket, who will provide an overview of how the TAT is aiming to ensure the islands long-term future by targeting more high-end, eco-conscious travellers.

Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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 islands 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 Associations 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 childrens 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 Asias 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 Anthony Lark, President of Phuket Hotels Association.

Exclusive HD Video Interviews from PHIST 2018

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Sustainable Tourism - PHIST Interview. What could the World Wide Fund for Nature, or WWF as it is more commonly known, possibly have in common with the hotel industry? In this exclusive interview with Maggie Lee, Market Transformation Manager at WWF Singapore, we ask Maggie about this, and much more.

The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was one of the very first major resorts to open on Mai Khao Beach on the north west coast of Phuket island, and this year celebrates its 16th anniversary. In the interview, filmed in a Royal Suite on 25 September 2018, we discuss which are the top five markets for the hotel and how that differs between green (low) season and the peak November - May season.

Exclusive HD Video interview with Mr. Bruno Cristol, General Manager of the multi-award winning Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel in Singapore. Often voted the best airport hotel in the world by frequent travellers, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Bruno on 28 September 2018 to ask him about the Crowne Plaza's green credentials.

Boracay is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The island has been a powerful magnet for both local and foreign tourists for many years, first mainly with backpackers and partygoers, but in recent years some luxury hotels have opened changing the demographics of the island's visitor arrivals.

Exclusive HD video interview with Eric Ricaurte, Founder & CEO of Greenview. In this interview, filmed at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on 25 September 2018, we ask Eric for his thoughts on the inaugural PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) forum which was held at the resort on 24 September.

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, General Manager of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.In this interview filmed at the resort on Mai Khao beach in the north of Phuket, we ask Mr. Sutter about the different sustainable initiatives the resort is undertaking and what plans they have for the future.

In this interview filmed in the morning of 24 September 2018 before PHIST got underway, Steven Howard asks Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association, to tell us more about PHIST, how its success will be measured, why the event has been created, and whether they have ambitions for PHIST to become an annual event that attracts an even greater number of delegates from the Asia Pacific region, and if the dates for 2019 have already been decided. All that and much, much more in the video and podcast.

Diving in Phuket, Thailand - PHIST Interview with Sea Bees' Karen Lewis. Exclusive HD video interview with Karen Lewis, Sea Bees' Dive Centre Manager at the JW Marriott on Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, Thailand. In this interview, filmed sat on the beach on 23 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Karen about diving in the area. We discuss how diving in the green / rainy season differs from diving in the peak season, and what marine life divers can expect to see.

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