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The fourth annual Asian-based sustainability-focused learning event PHIST 2021 will take place in a dynamic virtual setting on 28th October. Organized in Phuket, Thailand with speakers from across the region. PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) has established itself as a leading forum in Asia for sustainable tourism, environmental education for hotels as well as advocacy in best practices and education. This year’s theme is ‘A Learning Event for Hotels, Tourism, and Travel’ and will be on Thursday 28th October, 3:00 pm Bangkok Time | 4:00 pm Singapore/Hong Kong.

To register free for the event CLICK

This special, high-velocity main event is a one-hour plus is a series of candid virtual conversations with leading sustainability experts. Expect a deep dive into present-day trends and learn how the impact of the ongoing pandemic and beyond will undoubtedly change the travel and tourism universe we have come to know. What we now know in a Covid-19 world is that we must learn to navigate our daily lives in an entirely new way.

PHIST 2021 is an ongoing special event collaboration between the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview, and C9 Hotelworks, with support from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham), The Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (TSCC), British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), Horwath HTL, QUO, Creative Concept AV, and Delivering Asia Communications (DAC).

You can sign up now for this not-to-be-missed special event for hoteliers, travel and tourism businesses, hotel owners, developers and operators, environmental product suppliers, NGOs, hospitality students, and media.

On the day before PHIST 2021, we will be presenting four, one-hour, topical-focused environmental masterclasses that will be available free online.

Speakers

Co-Hosts

  • Eric Ricaute – Founder, Greenview
  • Bill Barnett – Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

Wednesday 27 October

ONLINE MASTERCLASSES

To sign up for any of the four (4) free online masterclasses on Wednesday 27th, please click on the links below to register –

9am – 10am: Waste Management (Recycling Practices)
Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OxkYDJLDRbGcMGdSt-S0Pw                                   

SPEAKER

  • Brandi Toliver, US Embassy Bangkok Science Fellow

11am – 12pm: Biting into Sustainable Seafood
Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WeuVCSFCTpSF0kjibW8_DQ

Everyone wants sustainable seafood, but it’s tricky to define and procure. This session will provide an overview to understanding how sustainable seafood is defined, the progress and outlook on improving traceability of it, how to look for sustainable seafood, how to prove it, and what to seek or avoid in Southeast Asia.

SPEAKER

  • Maggie Lee, Asia Pacific Lead, Global Seafood Traceability, World Wide Fund For Nature

2pm – 3pm: Net Zero (India / London Offices – Greenview)
Net-Zero for the Hotel Industry
Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2vwRTpdNTXay6GMTk772iw

The buzz of 2021 in sustainability is net-zero. Buzz because of the commitments, but also because of the confusion in what net-zero means in general and for the hotel industry. This session will provide an overview of net-zero concepts, how it applies to a hotel and hotel company, actions to take toward a net-zero pathway, and the latest update on the Hotel Industry Net-Zero Methodology that will be launched that week, a joint collaboration between the WTTC, PATA, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, and Greenview with an advisory group of twenty-five hotel companies.

SPEAKERS

  • Olivia Ruggles-Brise, Director, Greenview
  • Sahil Aggarwal, Senior Analyst, Greenview

3pm – 4pm: Single-Use Plastic Prevention

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cv-8SjQ-SdugsdGbPhEeVA

The Collaborative Actions for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia (CAP SEA) project is helping to address the plastic crisis in Southeast Asia by focusing on upstream approaches (such as re-use, recycled content targets, design for recycling and ecodesign) and embedding those in broader Circular Economy Strategy Advice to the governments of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Activities include policy advice on circular economy and extended producer responsibility (EPR) approaches (Malaysia only), capacity development for key stakeholders, pilot activities and support for innovative business models tackling single-use plastic prevention.

SPEAKERS

  • Wijarn Simachaya, President of Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) / Former Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Napaporn Yuberk, Advisor/National Coordinator-Thailand (GIZ)
  • Christoffer Brick, Project Leader, GIZ
  • Jayne MacDougall, Consultant CAP-SEA Pilot Project for Prevention of Single-Use Plastic in Phuket

 

Veteran Asia-Pacific hotelier Neil Palmer has been named Chief Operating Officer of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Palmer is best known as a stalwart executive at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Meanwhile, Neil Jacobs continues in his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Former Six Senses COO Guy Heywood has moved to boutique chain Habitas Hotels.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has named Tony Pedroni as their Thailand Area General Manager.

Leah Matters has been appointed as General Manager of the Outrigger Koh Samui and Sergey Kutuzov, Area Director – Sales and Marketing,

The move comes on the acquisition and reflagging of three Manathai properties in Southern Thailand. Phuket and Khao Lak will reopen in mid-December and Koh Samui in Q2 of next year.

The resort island of Phuket’s proof of concept Sandbox advantage looks to dramatically change come October. Since the first of July island hotels have experienced considerably higher occupancy levels and much-needed revenue from international arrivals. This has been Sandbox generated, and travelers, not necessarily tourists. Bangkokians fleeing the red zone situation have also aided in demand.

With the Thai government now looking to reopen the country’s capital gateway on 15th October to overseas travelers, Phuket no longer will be the only way back into the country for fully vaccinated travelers who do not want to quarantine.

Other markets that can potentially access direct international flights such as Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Pattaya (U-Tapao) are expected to follow in the steps of Bangkok.

With the Bangkok outbreak, many Phuket hotels have also seen an uplift in long-stay guests who are both Thai’s and foreigners, who have fled the urban crisis.  Mid-October will likely see most return back to the city.

Hotels have seen lower forward bookings in September (no surprise here has it and May are the two slowest months of the year for occupancy) and October is a shoulder month leading into the traditional high winter season.

With the Phuket Sandbox marginalized by the reopening of the country, hoteliers will have to contend with a much more competitive marketplace. The domestic segment that had been growing pre-travel restriction is the logical starting point so Phuket hotels have to adapt and address this segment.

Coming into the end of the year as hotels start to finalize their annual business plans, the reality of the situation is that it makes more sense to use rolling forecasts and a more dynamic approach to old school annual plans as things have, and will change quickly.

The legacy of Phuket hotels having parallel sales and marketing offices both at the property and in Bangkok is arcane and having in-house teams locally, led by their GM’s work through strategies makes considerably more sense.

Phuket is a tourism market that is highly leveraged (say 50-60%) in broad terms on the wholesale market. In the absence of mass tourism, hotels will have to adjust to innovative ways to reach FIT travelers and induce demand.

On a broader scope, the biggest worry is that Phuket has experienced a rapid ascent in volume markets like Russia, India, and others before the pandemic. In the last 18 months, the global travel market has become more competitive and the question remains can the island regain loyalty.

Looking at Vietnam and Phu Quoc reopening in October, leisure travel will become a very competitive landscape and the destination must improve its brand, infrastructure, and services to regain its position.

We continue to look closely at Mainland China where travelers have flocked to Hainan in what is arguably the largest leisure market in the pandemic travel world. China’s resort destinations will no doubt want to compete more actively with Phuket in the future so it’s not a given that the island’s number one mass market will remain intact.

Arguably, there is the question of pent-up demand, and in our opinion that will happen quickly, but for hotels, the new mantra is to leave the business plan upon the dusty shelf, look at social media, niche segments, and other fast to market channels, and don’t rely on the Sandbox past October to generate the same numbers it has been. Expect the unexpected the rest of 2021 is our forecast.

We’d like to take a moment to remember Zeavola General Manager Florian Hallermann. Florian tragically died in a hiking accident in Ko Phi Phi.

He was a familiar face in Greater Phuket hospitality circles for many years and well-loved in Ko Phi Phi, which was his last posting.

Looking back at the start of our PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) event series, he was a great advocate and champion of the environment.

His inspiring leadership and contribution to the community is best remembered in the book Zeavola’s Little Green Book (CLICK To Read).

To sum it all up. Florian led by example and his focus on sustainability and giving back are a strong tribute to his character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Register now for tomorrow’s special online event Bangkok – Get Up, Stand  Up, Critical Insight for Thai Tourism and Hotels. The event is organized by C9 Hotelworks together with Delivering Asia Communications, Horwath HTL and AMCHAM Thailand.

Bangkok is a global tourism giant and its tourism and hotel sectors are lead indicators in the country’s economic wellbeing. Now, as in never before is the time for an in-depth candid discussion on where we are now and what comes next. Join the conversation and listen to how hotels are responding to business trading issues, staff management, restaurant and bar closures and travel restrictions.

Our speakers are key hospitality industry players in Bangkok and represent the view directly from the ground.  See relevant market data from STR, Horwath HTL and JLL. Talk about cost measures, continuing liquidity issues and how and when the situation might change.

This is part of a continuing series of virtual hospitality events from Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks which is intended to create forward looking conversations, promote a critical rethink of the industry and offer learnings for the hotel industry. This special session is in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AMCHAM) and Horwath HTL.

Sign up now for this not to be missed event special event for hoteliers, hotel owners and developers, operators, travel and tourism businesses and industry media.

Speakers

Stephan Vanden Auweele – Chief Hospitality Group Officer, Asset World Corporation (AWC)

Jesper Palmqvist – Area Director – Asia Pacific, STR

Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn – Director-Thailand, Horwath HTL

Chakkrit Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya – Executive Vice President, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Trevor MacKenzie – Managing Director, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide

Peter Weibel – Regional Director,  Sales & Marketing, Tour East (Thailand)

Charles Blocker – CEO, IC Partners Limited

Co-Moderators

Bill Barnett – Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

David Johnson – CEO, Delivering Asia Communications

A LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT: Thursday 26th August, 3:00 pm Bangkok Time | 4:00 pm Singapore/Hong Kong

Register for free

C9 Hotelworks has released its new Phuket Hotel Market Update – Mid Year Edition 2021.

International visitors are an important foundation in driving tourism growth in Phuket. According to the Airports of Thailand, international passenger arrivals increased for ten consecutive years to reach a record of 5.3 million in 2019 before decreasing by 80% to 1.1 million in 2020 due to travel restrictions under the COVID-19 pandemic. While this year total passenger arrivals between January to July dropped to 0.4 million from 1.9 million passengers in 2020.

In FY2020, the market-wide ADR was propped up by the government’s ‘We Travel Together’ program. However, the Bangkok travel restrictions have effectively negated the domestic market and made the island reliant on Sandbox travelers. This has pushed market-wide demand into double digits, though rates have dropped.

Phuket became the first province in Thailand to welcome back international visitors without quarantine requirements. Based on the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the reopening of Phuket quadrupled its room night demand in July, with further gains registered in August.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, 67% of pipeline projects have been delayed, mostly to 2023-24. The West Coast remains the most popular development area, led by Kamala, Patong, and Layan. Despite the ongoing COVID impact on hotel owners, only two significant transactions of hotels occurred this year, though more are expected over the next 12-18 months.

To read and download C9 Hotelworks Phuket Hotel Update Mid-Year Edition 2021 CLICK

 

Sign up now for a special online event with a focus on Bangkok’s hotel and travel sector on Thursday 26th August at 3:00 pm Thai time.

Bangkok is a global tourism giant and its tourism and hotel sectors are lead indicators in the country’s economic wellbeing. Now, as in never before is the time for an in-depth candid discussion on where we are now and what comes next. Join the conversation and listen to how hotels are responding to business trading issues, staff management, restaurant and bar closures and travel restrictions.

Our speakers are key hospitality industry players in Bangkok and represent the view directly from the ground.  See relevant market data from STR, Horwath HTL and JLL.  Talk about cost measures, continuing liquidity issues and how and when the situation might change.

This is part of a continuing series of virtual hospitality events from Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks which is intended to create forward looking conversations, promote a critical rethink of the industry and offer learnings for the hotel industry. This special session is in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AMCHAM) and Horwath HTL.

Sign up now for this not to be missed event special event for hoteliers, hotel owners and developers, operators, travel and tourism businesses and industry media.

Speakers

  • Stephan Vanden Auweele – Chief Hospitality Group Officer, Asset World Corporation (AWC)
  • Jesper Palmqvist – Area Director, Asia Pacific, STR
  • Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn – Director-Thailand, Horwath HTL
  • Chakkrit Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya – Executive Vice President, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
  • Trevor MacKenzie – Managing Director, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide
  • Peter Weibel – Regional Director, Sales & Marketing, Tour East (Thailand)
  • Charles Blocker – CEO, IC Partners Limited

Co-Moderators

  • Bill Barnett – Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
  • David Johnson – CEO, Delivering Asia Communications

Register for free

C9 Hotelworks has released their new Hua Hin Hotel Market Update.

Get insights into Thailand’s hottest accommodation market over the past 16 months and what’s coming in terms of new hotels and infrastructure. While family-friendly branded hotels are hot, will the airport expansion allow the destination to come into the mainstream?

Read and download the full report