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Sign the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge

Join UNESCO, Expedia Group and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in showing the world our support for the environment, local culture and resilient communities

We all can become more
sustainable by:
Supporting the reduction and elimination of single-use plastic
Supporting local culture and communities

Get inspired

As we prepare for a post-COVID world, the need for the hospitality industry to stand out as an example of sustainable and caring practises is greater than ever. Those hotels that can show that they care about the wellbeing of their guests will lead the way as tourism recovers. Fortunately, there are plenty of little things you can do to support your local community and environment in a visible, impactful way. Many will not increase your costs and some might even reduce them, helping you to save money and the planet at the same time. Take a look at these articles for some inspiration.

10 ways to support local communities and cultures

The communities and cultures of Thailand are an important part of what makes the country such a popular destination. Whatever support individual hotels can give to the people that live around them helps bring tourism that enhances the nation, rather than harming it.

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10 hotel essentials you can source locally

There are many little things you need to run a hotel. By sourcing them locally, you are not only supporting local businesses, but also minimising your property's carbon footprint. At the same time, you will also add a uniquely local flavor to your hotel's look.

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10 easy ways to reduce plastic waste in your hotel

The environmental harm caused by single-use plastics far outweighs the limited benefit it provides to your guests. By replacing them with more sustainable alternatives you can not only save the planet, but money, too. It is also a very visible way for you support the environment.

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The Sustainable Tourism Pledge aims to promote responsible practices, community resilience and heritage conservation. While it is being piloted in Thailand, the intention is to change the nature and impact of global tourism.

Hotels can either be a major cause of tourism's environmental harm or they can be examples of outstanding green practices and forces for positive change in the community. All it takes is a few simple commitments.

Making your hotel more sustainable and environmentally friendly need not be an expensive or complicated process. Every little action makes a difference if enough hotels follow the same example.

Hotels and properties that have taken the pledge

Making sustainable tourism a reality needs all of us to do our part. These hotels in Thailand are already doing theirs.

  • The Sukosol Group has been a pioneer in sustainable hospitality since 1975, when the Siam Bayshore Resort opened in Pattaya under the management of the well-known Ms Kamala Sukosol. Ms Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Ms Kamala‚Äôs daughter and an icon in her own right, heads...

  • The Zeavola Resort on Koh Phi Phi Don opened in 2008, with experienced hotel manager Florian Hallermann taking the reins. Right from day one, sustainability was an absolute priority, particularly since the tiny island where the beautiful resort resides has such a fragile ecosystem.

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