Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism 2019 (PHIST)

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Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa

333 Patak Road

Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100


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PHIST is an innovative event rallying the hotel industry and its stakeholders to discuss environmental sustainability and community benefit

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PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) 2019 is an innovative event rallying the hotel industry and its stakeholders to discuss both environmental sustainability and social impact and governance.

This FREE-to-attend conference day will feature an exhibition area, showcasing over 60 sustainability products and services exhibitors, and offer attendees a mix of short expert panels and thematic discussions, covering topics including destination development, ocean health and impacts, hotel sustainability governance, community tourism, and global trends on sustainability. Speakers include a mix of industry experts from both local and international organizations.



9 am onwards Registration

9 am – 5 pm Green Groove Exhibition; a showcase of over 60 exhibitors, showcasing sustainability products, services, and solutions

10:00 am – 11:45 am Green Workshops

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Main panel sessions

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Green Networking Cocktails


Morning Session Workshops (10 am – 12:30 pm)

There are 4 timings for the workshops

• Session 1: 10:00 am - 10:45 am

• Session 2: 11:00 am - 11:45 am

• Session 3: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

• Session Play: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop A and B are repeated in both sessions 1 and 2.Choose only one workshop for each session. Play Session is targeted at children and youth.


SESSION 1: 10 AM -10:45 AM

Workshop A: Plastic Reduction – Keeping the Momentum Going

The war with single-use plastic continues. Many company initiatives include removing plastic bags and straws, but the initiative will go further than just these measures. In the long run, businesses will have to change and innovate product-design models and find alternatives to their plastic materials.

• Marissa Jablonski, USAID FFP Environmental Advisor

• Maggie Lee, WWF, Market Transformation Manager (TBC)

Workshop B: The Hotel Green Champion

This workshop will be the first of its kind to bring together Sustainability Champions and Committees from different hotels and hotel companies to share best practices, discuss and work together to solve challenges and build camaraderie across global sustainability teams.

• Jeannie Kwok, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Hilton

• Franck Droin, Hotel Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

• Pimjai Doungnate, Sustainability and Quality Assurance Manager, Six Senses

Workshop C: Hotels in Collaboration by Phuket Hotel Association

This interactive workshop shares some of the current eco projects and endeavors of the Phuket Hotel Association and facilitates a conversation in both the private sector and the hotel industry on how to make a significant reduction on our environmental impact.

• Jayne MacDougall, Director of Risk Management, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort and Environment Working Group, Phuket Hotels Association


SESSION 2: 11 AM - 11:45 AM

Workshop A: Plastic Reduction – Keeping the Momentum Going (Repeated in Session 1)

Workshop B: The Hotel Green Champion (Repeated in Session 1)

Workshop D: What’s in the Walls? A Green Safe Place for Hotel Development Professionals

This workshop will bring together hotel professionals in development, feasibility, asset management, owner relations, and owner representatives to learn about this topic of “sustainability” and how it can be discussed in their respective roles, without having to deal with tree huggers.

• Gert Noordzy, Managing Director, Northside Consulting

• Jeffery Smith, Vice President, Sustainability, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

• Kavi Kirpalani, Manager, Feasibility APAC, The Standard Hotels


SESSION 3: 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Workshop E: Design and Construction

This workshop will showcase best practices in green design where participants would hear from technical experts, green designers and receive tangible recommendations.

• Armelle Le Bihan, Founder & Director, Green Building Consulting and Engineer

• John Farrell, Co-founder and Managing Director, XCo2

• Hakan Akgün, Vice President - Engineering, Sustainability and Security, Rosewood Hotel Group

Workshop F: Social Enterprises

What are social enterprises and what is their role in sustainability? This workshop speaks to social enterprises in both youth and environmental space to understand more about their opportunity and how hotels and tourism can play a role in supporting them.

• Mandar Parasnis, Global ESG Lead & Senior Environmental Specialist, Environment, Social and Governance Department, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

• Arthur Choo, Founder, Beat’aBox Group

• Patrick Davis, General Manager, Soap Cycling

Workshop G: Selling Green Meeting

This interactive workshop is about hoteliers selling events and meeting in a sustainable and green way. This includes strategies to reduce carbon footprint and food waste prevention

• Pat Satkhum, Senior Manager, MICE Capabilities – Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)



Workshop H: The Next Generation

This interactive workshop is about building future sustainability leaders. All youths are welcome to join in this workshop.

• Timothy King, Director of EdVenture and MnK Events, MnK Resorts & Hospitality



3 pm – 5 pm The Tribe has spoken – a PHIST Bump for the Planet

The tribe gathers for PHIST 2019 kick-off with drumming by United World College students. Join over 1,000 people to set a Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous fist bumps in one minute. Footage will be recorded by drones for a commitment to protecting the planet and sustaining island tourism.

Opening speeches and keynote addresses:

• Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

• Eric Ricaurte, Founder & CEO, Greenview

CEO Interview on plastic

Leaders come together for an in-depth talk on plastic:

• David Keen, Chief Executive, QUO

• Guy Heywood, COO, Six Senses


Everyone has a sustainability story to share. Let's hear some of these stories and what messages they want to bring to the world in 60 seconds.

• David Barrett, Consultant, The Slate

Sustainability as a Marketing Strategy

Time has witnessed the different phases of the marketing strategy. Out of which, sustainability is the key issue which has emerged in marketing strategy over time. This session discusses the evolution of sustainability in marketing strategy and lastly, to discuss the future of sustainability marketing strategy.

• Sharry Sun, Global Head of Brand, Travelzoo

• Raini Hamdi, Asia Editor, Skift

Collaboration Across the Sector

With an ever-increasing list of sustainability concerns, collaboration seems like the way to go. In today’s world, collaboration is a buzz word in sustainability but how does one prevent sustainability collaborations from failing? What are the successes and challenges of buddying up?

• Charlie Blocker, Founder & CEO - IC Partners Limited

• Ang Choo Pin, Senior Director Government, and Corporate Affairs, Asia Expedia

Little Green Book: Little Hotels can be Green too!

Smaller hotels tend the feel that there are budget constraints and their impact on sustainability is limited. Hear from a hotel who is saying smaller hotels can make a difference and hear how they do it.

• Florian Hellerman, General Manager, Zealova Resort

Looking into the trends of SEA islands

Popular mass tourism resort markets like Boracay in the Philippines was closed for six months for major clean-up and now open on a test basis with limited tourism allowed. Thailand’s Maya Beach, on the island of Koh Phi Phi, was closed for six months and this was extended indefinitely to preserve wildlife. What will SEA islands see more in the next coming months?

• Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director, Asia Pacific, STR


How are personal living and commercial spaces inspired by nature? How are design changing the way we view the places we live?

• Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn, Director, Horwath HTL


Island Life – Hotel Associations ‘In the Same Boat’

Many islands depend on tourism as the main source of income for the local community. What are some of the challenges faced?

• Patricia Ghamami, General Manager, Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua and Environmental Committee Chair, Bali Hotels Association

• Cyndy Tan Jarabata, CEO & President, Tajara Hospitality

• Singapore Hotels Association (TBC)

Youth: Hearing from the Youth of Phuket

The future of our nation depends on our bright, young minds and we want to hear from them.

• Anthony Lark, President, Phuket Hotels Association / Managing Director and General Manager, Trisara Phuket

• Marisa Sukosol, Chair, Environment Committee Thai Hotels Association / Executive Vice President, Sukosol Group

Green Networking Cocktails

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