Phuket hoteliers and community volunteers come together to remove 3 tons of trash from island beaches
This incredible island-wide effort, organized by the Phuket Hotels Association in partnership with the Thai Hotels Association, the Patong Hotel Association and the Phuket Tourist Association, was the largest coordinated coastal clean-up ever on the island. .
Phuket, Thailand – Over 500 hotel, resort and community volunteers across Phuket gathered this month to remove 3 tonnes of trash from the island’s coast, as part of a major two-day activity to mark the Phuket day green and the International coastal cleaning (CCI).
This incredible island-wide effort, which was organized by the Phuket Hotel Association in partnership with the THai Hotel Association, Patong Hotel Association and Phuket Tourism Association, was the largest coordinated coastal cleanup ever conducted on the island. Taking place on Tuesday September 14 and Wednesday September 15, 2021, it encompassed 25 separate sites across the island – up from 16 last year – including beaches, mangroves and underwater ecosystems.
“We are very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful place as Phuket, but we can never take this for granted. Following the unprecedented challenges of the past two years, it was wonderful to start welcoming international travelers again on July 1, following the launch of the Phuket Sandbox. Their absence made us realize how much our destination thrives thanks to tourism. The vast majority of our clients choose to come to Phuket because of its breathtaking natural beauty, so to secure the long term future of our island – and the planet – we must all do our part to take care of it. the environment “, noted Anthony lark, president of the Phuket Hotel Association.
“It was wonderful to see so many people coming together for Phuket Green Day and this year’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). I want to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment. By working hand in hand with the local community and taking care of the island, we can ensure that our beloved Phuket remains one of the world’s top destinations for generations to come ”, he added.
Phuket Green Day is an annual event organized by the Phuket Hotels Association, to coincide with the ICC, a global coastal cleaning event launched by Ocean Conservancy. Since the launch of the ICC, more than 16 million volunteers have collected more than 154,000 tonnes of garbage from the coasts of more than 100 countries around the world.