PATTAYA, 15 June 2018: Thailand Travel Mart, hosted in Pattaya this week, turned out be a littler greener that critics would have imagined.
TAT officials said the TTM was able to reduce its carbon footprint as well as cut paper and plastic consumption at the show venue.
Unlike other regional shows, the TTM does not have a daily newspaper and this in itself saves considerable daily paper waste.
There is evidence of push back against trade show dailies due to the massive waste involved when there are acceptable alternatives such as digital dailies that are forwarded to subscribers’ mobile phones or devices.
Travel corporations are taking up the torch of sustainability and campaigning to reduce waste. One of the popular slogan “Think Green Keep it on the Screen” often the footnote of emails, may have inspired TAT’s conference department to ditch the “paper travel show directory for a digital one.
TAT also shredded all paper garbage collected at the close of the each trade show day so it can be recycled more efficiently.
Delegates were also encouraged to bring along their own beach bags to reduce throwaway bags.
Commenting on a greener TTM, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said: “TAT is very committed to developing an understanding of environmental mindfulness among Thai and foreign tourists and encouraging all to join us in the development of Thailand’s tourism to sustainability.”