Photo of the day: PHIST continues its fight for sustainability

From left: Invest Islands'Kevin Deisser; Phuket Hotels Association's Bjorn Courage; South Palms Resort's Hope Uy; and Greenview's Eric Ricaurte

The fifth annual PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) forum was held on September 26 at the ACES Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort, where 500 delegates from across South-east Asia met in person.

The theme of this year’s PHIST was Muay Thai, the high-energy, culturally-rich sport of Thai boxing. Muay Thai fighters from Australia, Brazil, Thailand and the US faced off in the main hall of ACES on Monday in a series of “super fights”.

From left: Invest Islands’Kevin Deisser; Phuket Hotels Association’s Bjorn Courage; South Palms Resort’s Hope Uy; and Greenview’s Eric Ricaurte

Following these physical battles, keynote speakers delivered verbal blows as they provided unique insights on the critical issues facing the industry, including community tourism, green operations, ocean health, destination management, post-Covid trends and more.

There was also a series of expert-led workshops focused on practical subjects such as Green Finance for Hotels, Zero Waste and Materials for Sustainable Tourism, and a Green Expo presented a selection of innovative, eco-friendly products from approximately 30 exhibitors.

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