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Going Green: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon achieves Gold Green Globe status

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Guests enjoying the resort’s electric tuk-tuk

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket has become a certified Green Globe Gold member in 2017 having recently received the coveted eco-sustainable certification for the sixth consecutive year, achieving some of the best rankings in Southeast Asia.

“We are very proud of our achievements in sustainable operations at the resort and of our partnership with Green Globe,” said Nick Porter, General Manager.

“The resort is committed to promoting sustainability as reflected in our management principles and daily practices. It is our goal to reduce negative environmental impact at all levels, and encourage our partners, guests and team members to do the same.”

Several activities have been put in place to reduce the resort’s carbon footprint and encourage everyone to be more mindful of the environment, such as several recycling stations located throughout the hotel.

The resort also recently introduced its organic vegetable garden to guests who have booked a Thai Cooking Class at the resort. Thirty minutes prior to the cooking class guests visit the garden with the chef, and choose the vegetables and spices they will use in their food preparation during the class.

In partnership with the National Park Office in Phuket, the resort has planted and preserved in its garden a rare breed of white palm trees, found only in Phuket and known to be on the verge of extinction. These trees are now part of the resort’s Eco-Trail project, which highlights different varieties of flowers and plants available throughout the garden for guests to see.

A fleet of electric tuk-tuks to transport guests around the resort are also available, as well as hybrid cars when picking up guests from the airport. Sustainable maintenance of the 52-rai lush garden is assisted by its own natural wastewater treatment plant, which provides 65% of the daily water consumption in the gardens.

The resort is also committed to working closely with local charitable community organisations. It has partnered with SOS Children Village Phuket, which is home to more than 130 children of all ages. Established after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, this orphanage receives and provides donations of school supplies, food and toys for the children. The resort also regularly invites children to the property to give them a glimpse into the hospitality industry. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is also offering them internship opportunities and potential employment after they complete secondary education.

“Having achieved our sixth certification from Green Globe is a great honour, and a testament to the dedication of our team in all areas”, said Porter.

“We look forward to implementing even more sustainable practices in our operational processes in the coming years.”

Going Green: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon achieves Gold Green Globe status | News by The Thaiger

Mr. Treepop Paojeen, Director of Engineering, Mrs. Sumittra Janusorn, Executive Housekeeper and Mr. Olivier Chavy, Chief Executive Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resort pose with the Green Globe Gold Award.

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Up to 5,900 jobs to go as Hong Kong carrier Cathay Dragon shuts down

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is set to close its subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, with the loss of up to 5,900 jobs. The carrier has become yet another casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic that has decimated the aviation business and the global economy as a whole. The Bangkok Post reports that 5,300 jobs are expected to go in Hong Kong, with a further 600 axed overseas, accounting for 17% of Cathay’s employees. Cathay Dragon, previously known as Dragonair, primarily operated short-haul routes within Asia, including direct flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok and Phuket.

Cathay Pacific bosses have hammered out a HK$2.2 billion restructuring plan that involves thousands of job cuts, pilots and cabin crew having to sign cheaper contracts, and total closure of its subsidiary carrier. The South China Morning Post describes the plan as, “life or death”, reporting cuts to a total of 8,500 jobs across the group. The parent airline is understood to be applying for approval to incorporate Cathay Dragon’s routes into the Cathay Pacific network, as well as that of its low-cost carrier, HK Express.

Cathay Pacific CEO, Augustus Tang, says the restructuring plan is essential to Cathay’s future survival as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic show no sign of abating.

“The global pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on aviation and the hard truth is we must fundamentally restructure the Group to survive. We have to do this to protect as many jobs as possible and meet our responsibilities to the Hong Kong aviation hub and our customers.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post| South China Morning Post

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Police accuse anonymous social media users of inciting looting during protests

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A spokesman for the Thai police says the Digital Economy and Society Ministry has asked for action to be taken against 58 social media accounts accused of encouraging looting at anti-government protests. Siriwat Deepor says the anonymous Twitter accounts are pointing to political demonstrations in other countries where looting occurs and property is destroyed.

“Chats in Twitter are claiming this kind of action (looting) occurs during rallies abroad. They are persuading participants to destroy government and private property at rally sites to raise the level of protest. We are concerned over this behaviour and would like to warn people who attend rallies not to become a tool of the bad guys who are trying to provoke these actions. Besides violating the emergency decree, such offences constitute theft, robbery, or causing loss of property under the Criminal Code.”

He adds that some responsible social media users warn against such actions and continue to advocate for peaceful protest as a way to achieve their objectives.

“We would like to thank you for your mindfulness in warning each other as a precautionary measure against third-party or malicious intervention.”

Siriwat adds that anyone caught using social media to incite violence at political rallies will be prosecuted for violation of the Computer Crimes Act and the emergency decree. His warning comes after police denied there were plans to block access to online platforms or media outlets.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai hotels to offer 1,000 baht discounts for expats

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To stimulate domestic tourism and help revive the economy after the pandemic, hotels plan to offer expats a 1,000 baht discount on rooms until the end of the year. A debt moratorium, put in place to help businesses hurt by the pandemic, is ending this month and hotels need a boost.

The Thai Hotels Association, or THA, says they will offer the discount on 5,000 room nights. Expats will need to show their passport. The discount is valid until December 31. THA president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi says the new campaign supports the hotel industry during the tough economic situation. With a ban on international tourists over the past 7 months, many hotel rooms have been empty.

Even though Thailand is reopening borders to foreign visitors on the new Special Tourist Visa, the amount of international tourists expected to come in over the next month or so is a tiny fraction of the number of tourists arriving this time last year.

To reach out to foreigners who are already in the country, Thai hotels partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for the Expat Travel Bonus program, offering travel, accommodation and other deals at events in Bangkok.

With the debt moratorium ending this month, Marisa says most hotels have restructured their debt with creditors. She says banks are trying to avoid nonperforming loans, which are loans more than 90 days overdue.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, occupancy rates have fallen drastically and many hotels temporarily closed. Marisa says it’s still necessary to continue with the stimulus campaign. She adds that the association is urging hotels not to raise the room rates or quote unfair prices to expats.

Thaiger Tip: Check whatever room rate you’re being offered under this new program with one of the online travel websites – bookings.com, aged.co, hotels.com, etc. Many of the hotels are already offering big discounts through the online booking portals.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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