Blue town turns green

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

CHEFCHAOUEN, Morocco, 15 November 2017: Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour — green.

Chefchaouen — known locally as Chaouen — wants to become a model for sustainable development at a time when the northwest African kingdom has shone a spotlight on its commitment to the environment and a greener future.

Take Aziz, a local council employee in his forties. He whizzes silently around town on an electric bicycle doing his job as an inspector of building sites. Read more

Who’s the greenest of them all?

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 13 November 2017: Laos has for years positioned itself as a preferred eco-tourism, or green destination, when compared with its neighbours.

Now there is support for the argument that the country is greener than all of its neighbours, courtesy of the Korea Herald.

It points out that when you calculate land covered by forest, Laos has the highest percentage in Asia at a remarkable 92.7%. Read more

Marina Bay greens its seafood supply

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE  31 October 2017: Marina Bay Sands is working with a World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore project by supporting for four aquaculture farms in Malaysia.

WWF attempts to raise sustainability standards within Asia’s hospitality industry, starting with ocean conservation and a supply of fish from farms rather than ocean catches.

Through the partnership, Marina Bay Sands aims to have 50% of its total seafood by volume responsibly sourced by 2020. Read more

More travellers ready to go green

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

AMSTERDAM, 20 April 2017: To mark Earth Day, 22 April,, has released findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report that indicate more travellers are prepared to book green travel products and services.

In a year that the United Nation’s has designated as  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this new research points to some promising signs when it comes to eco-considerations weighed by both travellers and accommodation providers. Read more

Cambodia pursues green and clean policy

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 1 March 2017: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the country’s hospitality sector to increase the use of locally grown produce at tourist destinations to improve rural economies.

Emphasising the country’s green tourism policy, the PM told local media that cleanness and greenness were trends that needed to be adopted for the benefit of the economy and a clean tourism environment.

He called for a Green Belt to be established at the country’s main tourist areas to supply holidaymakers with local produce, instead of importing them from neighbouring countries. Read more

TAT paints Chiang Rai green

July 14, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 July 2016: Chiang Rai province has been designated a business model for sustainable tourism development in 2017, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Yuthasak Supasorn.

He made the comment on Chiang Rai’s status at a media briefing, earlier this week, on TAT’s 2016 to 2017 marketing activity plan.

A core element of the plan is a policy shift to position Thailand as a ‘Smart Tourism’ destination where ‘value for experience’ creates higher yield than previously realised under its ‘value for money’ campaigns in the past. Read more

MTF: A natter and a nod in Nook Ville

July 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

SIHANOUKVILLE, 13 July 2016: The jury maybe out on the relevance of the Mekong Tourism Forum as far as day-to-day tourism is concerned, but the 200-strong turnout at last week’s forum indicated this annual event remains a popular platform for travel policy makers.

Experts, consultants, tourism officials from the six countries that make up the Greater Mekong Sub-region bloc and a smattering of non-government organisations crammed into the convention hall at Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanoukville, for a three-day talk-fest on “tourism strategy”, 5 to 7 July.

To some attendees it was overkill, or to be more precise an overexposure to a labyrinth of tourism theory and strategy communicated in a manner that encouraged slumber. Read more

Green and clean message

February 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 23 February 2016: Cambodia will campaign for green and clean tourism to move tourism up the quality scale a few notches.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Information, Tourism, and Environment ministries will work with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia and the private sector to educate citizens about the need to have a clean environment and provide quality tourism services.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon was quoted saying the plan would present a green and clean campaign to the public to encourage a transformation in thinking and to upgrade the quality of tourism content. Read more

Greening hotel keeping

June 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015: Judging by the turnout at Monday’s Green Hotel Supplier and Consumer Conference, hoteliers are keen to be green especially when they are buying services and products.

Around 130 hoteliers attended the event joined by more than 70 suppliers.

Sponsored by the Green Leaf Foundation, Human Resources Management Club and the Thai Hotels Association the event was hosted at Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok.

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Green to gain business

March 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 6 March 2015: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay is hitching a ride on so-called green initiatives to boost its events-related business.

Is it genuine? Who knows, but the hotel claims its Green Meeting packages save electricity (meeting rooms that use natural daylight, LED lighting and climate control air-conditioning for events for up to 600 delegates.

It also brags ISO 14001 certification and a recent award, Champion of the Singapore Environment Council, 2014, under the Kimberly Clark Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards in the service category.

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