PHUKET, 7 September 2017: The Phuket Hotels Association is encouraging locals and tourists to value the beauty of Phuket’s beaches and surrounding Andaman seas through a “Hearts with Hands, Keep Phuket Clean beach clean up event Saturday 16 September.
This is the second clean-up initiative to be launched this month; the other focusing on Samet Island, in the Gulf of Thailand sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The Phuket Hotels Association’s Environmental & Sustainability Working Group launched the island wide initiative in support of the International Coastal Clean Up Campaign, which will see millions of volunteers across the globe unite to fight ocean pollution.
The Phuket event is fully supported and endorsed by the local government along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and member hotels are championing individual beaches by sponsoring equipment and supplies for volunteers. To keep thirsty helpers hydrated on the day, sustainable water supplier, Generation Water, will provide environmentally friendly drinking water from a series of special beach stations minus plastic bottles.
The association’s president, Anthony Lark, will be joined by Phuket’s Governor, Norraphat Plodthong and the director of Tourism Authority Thailand Phuket Office, Kanokkittika Kritwutikon to officially open the event at Karon Beach where the clean up is being overseen by staff from Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket and Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa hotels.
“We are focused on three main areas,” said Lark in an explanation of the project. “Phuket branding, local education and environmental protection. By cleaning up our beaches we are promoting Phuket as a global beach destination brand, we are also educating local communities, tourists and island businesses on the need to take care of the island’s natural assets.”
Plastic is choking the world’s seas and putting marine life in danger. Some 46,000 items of debris now occupy every square mile of ocean and plastic residue was found in 62% of all sea birds and 100% of sea turtle species tested after their demise.
The Phuket Hotels Association recognises the need for action and is lobbying local community groups, schools, residents, expatriates and tourists to join forces and clean up garbage from the beaches around the island before it reaches the sea.
However more needs to done to halt the flow of plastic before it gets to oceans.
The hotel association should take its campaign to the next level and lobby for a ban of plastic bottle water first among its member hotels and then encourage authorities to take measures to reduce the use of plastic bags at retail sales outlets, shopping malls and supermarkets.
To learn more visit www.phukethotelsassociation.com