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Hotels urged to cut plastic use

THAILAND: Incentives have been offered to encourage local hotel operators to use less plastic and join the Thai Hotels Plastic-Free Project.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 08:55AM


Volunteers collect rubbish on Koh Chang in Trat province. Hotels have been enlisted to reduce plastic waste. Photo: Bangkok Post

Volunteers collect rubbish on Koh Chang in Trat province. Hotels have been enlisted to reduce plastic waste. Photo: Bangkok Post

The project has worked cooperatively with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai Hotels Association (THA) towards the objectives of preserving the environment and promoting sustainable tourism in the long run.

The THA is one of several tourism-related bodies that signed a memorandum of understanding with the TAT last July to reduce single-use plastic materials by 50% by 2020 under a campaign called ‘National Cleaning Declaration’.

To attract hotels to the campaign, some incentives have been outlined. Those hotels that achieve the criteria will receive perks such as placement in international tourism trade shows and roadshows organised by the TAT overseas, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

Moreover, the names of the hotels will be published and promoted through public relations media of the TAT and the THA, and the certification can be used for other environmental assessment standards.

THA president Supawan Tanomkieatipume said that under the Thai Hotels Plastic-Free Project there are several requirements for hotels to follow, such as reducing the use of plastic containers and replacing them with locally made biodegradable products instead.

Other key conditions include cutting the use of plastic bottles and drinking straws in hotels and using a cooler to provide drinking water for guests or participants in the seminar room.

The idea is to handle plastic materials at all stages, from use in restaurants and hotels to plastic rubbish awaiting disposal.

Furthermore, building awareness of reduced plastic use among hotel workers, clients and owners will be carried out.

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Mrs Supawan said legal hotel operators can apply for the project from now to Dec 31. More details are available at www.thaihotels.org.

Mr Yuthasak voiced confidence that the project could help reduce plastic waste at hotel properties and tourism destinations, and that tourism service providers could use the campaign as a selling point because many tourists, especially Europeans, are concerned about environmental protection.

Thailand has huge amounts of plastic waste. The country’s 66 million people use two plastic bags a day on average, according to the Plastics Institute of Thailand.

In one year, Thais use 9,750 plastic cups, 8,000 plastic bottles and 5,000 plastic straws, the institute said.

Thailand received about 38 million foreign visitors last year and aims to receive 40.5 million this year.

Mrs Supawan said the waiver of the B2,000 fee for visa on arrival for 21 nations until the end of April will boost arrivals for next month to 3.8 million, up from 3.5 million last year.

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Jor12 | 25 January 2019 - 10:21:58

That would be because there are only two commentators who are unable to properly read and comprehend things, thus are unable give a measured intelligent responce and if you dont like being corrected then too bad.

Kurt | 24 January 2019 - 10:25:08

KJ, wrong! I not refer to S'pore as it is the only country in the world worth considering. There are many more countries. However, it is more fair to compare one asian country with another ( almost neighbour). And if Thailand 0.0 looks/study for a number of matters a bit more/copy Singapore 4.0, it in future also can become a 4.0 country.  ( education, environment, corruption).

Rorri_2 | 24 January 2019 - 05:21:25

"as you repeatedly refer to the place as if it's the only country in the world worth considering," more crap from the irrelevant few, onlt 2 people mentioned Singapore, in this article, and wow, it's only those who always criticize others, both comment irrelevant as Kurt did NOT mention Singapore, just as well most readers have the intelligence to understand, though I suspect Dek...

Jor12 | 23 January 2019 - 16:20:37

All you have to do is comprehend the comment "...You always speak about Singapore..." as you repeatedly refer to the place as if it's the only country in the world worth considering, so the comment is indeed relevant and is also poignant.

Kurt | 23 January 2019 - 10:49:28

Khun P.  As you well know, S'pore is not always a 'role model'. No country is. I didn't mention Singapore. Your reaction is not relevant.

Rorri_2 | 23 January 2019 - 05:18:09

Kurt, Australia has also moved in that direction, the use of "single" use plastic bags has been banned.

Pascale | 22 January 2019 - 21:58:17

"So? Why not here?" K,the answer is easy. You always speak about Singapore should be  a role model for Thailand. Maybe in this case Thailand listened to your usual crap and therefore still handing out plastic bags as they do in Singapore.

Jor12 | 22 January 2019 - 19:31:24

You clearly haven't been keeping up  with the news. 

Nasa12 | 22 January 2019 - 18:02:17

Yes 100% right Kurt. 

Kurt | 22 January 2019 - 10:41:22

Hotels, nice initiatives, however just a drop on a hot plate. A much more positive environmental impact it will have when all Tesco-Lotus, 7-Eleven, 24 Hour supermarkets in Thailand stop plastic bag providing. In many european countries you go to shop with your own bag, because you know you not get plastic bags. So? Why not here?

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