Asia’s largest sustainability forum opens at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, with expert and next-gen speakers, launch of the Great Big Green Hotel Guide and Thai rapper winning Green Beat 60 video competition.

PHIST 2019, Asia’s largest travel and tourism sustainability event, opens in Phuket today, as Southeast Asia’s hospitality industry comes together in a spirit of collaboration to tackle the critical environmental issues facing resort destinations across the region.

A year on from the inaugural edition of PHIST, the event is catching fire. A record attendance of 1,000 delegates will attend this year’s full-day event, which is being held Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. PHIST is the brainchild of the Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks and Greenview.

Dedicated to generating fresh ideas and fostering a spirit of cooperation, the action-packed forum includes a series of expert panels and discussions covering a range of vital topics, including destination management, development, ocean health, over-tourism, hotel operations and community tourism. There will also be a series of practical workshops for green champions, hotel developers and social enterprises and more, plus an exhibition area showcasing green solutions, allowing hoteliers to interact with eco-suppliers.

PHIST2019-Great Big Green Hotel Guide

Speakers include local and international experts, including Raini Hamdi, Asia Editor, Skift; Sharry Sun, Global Head of Brand, Travelzoo; Jesper Palmqvist, STR’s Area Director for Asia Pacific; Ang Choo Pin, Expedia’s Senior Director of Government & Corporate Affairs; Guy Heywood, Chief Operating Officer, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas; and Franck Droin, Hotel Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

This year’s PHIST will also celebrate the launch of the Great Big Green Hotel Guide, an important collaboration between the 74 members of the Phuket Hotels Association. Featuring real-life examples of environmental best practices and case studies, this guide will serve as a practical user manual for hotels in resort destinations all across Asia.