Sustainable travel and hospitality event PHIST goes virtual

Thailand: Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST) is moving its two-day event on 7 September 2020 to a digital platform, with a single day schedule from 9-6:30pm.

The free-to-join conference will see Asia’s top travel professionals come together to discuss the industry’s path towards a cleaner future. 

Delegates will hear about the post-crisis efforts to prevent over-tourism, the shift away from mass markets, strategies to conserve natural attractions, the quantification of green travel, farm-to-fork dining, rewilding, and more. 

The event will include keynote addresses, interactive sessions, educational workshops, and a green exhibition showcasing eco products and services from tech providers. Over 1200 attendees are expected to join virtually.

This year’s keynote speaker is Bill Bensley, creative director at BENSLEY, who will discuss the subject of sustainable hotels. Other notable names include marine biologist Dr. Thamrongnawasawat, who helped to save Thailand’s Maya Bay from ecological disaster; Neil Jacobs of Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas; and James Riley of Mandarin Oriental, president of the Phuket Hotels Association Anthony Lark, plus many others.

PHIST cofounder, Bill Barnett, commented: “This time last year, nobody could have imagined the situation we now find ourselves in. COVID-19 has turned the industry on its head, but every crisis creates opportunities and this situation could spur a revolution in sustainable travel.

He added: “Making PHIST a virtual event has allowed us to break down geographic barriers and actually attract a larger audience. One of the most heart-warming aspects of the lockdown was seeing how quickly the environment regenerated without people. This shows us clearly what can be achieved, and maybe it was the wake-up call the world needed. At PHIST 2020, we will see how travel industry is rising to the challenge and using green solutions to solve our manmade problems.”

PHIST 2020 is organised by the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview and C9 Hotelworks, with support from the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand, QUO and Delivering Asia Communications.

This year, participants are also being encouraged to donate during registration to the Phuket Hotels Association’s Green Planet Learning Hub initiative, which will teach environmental practices to over 5,000 Thai schoolchildren per year.

To learn more about PHIST 2020 and to register your place, please click here.

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