Three Thai Finalists in Wild Asia's 2008 Responsible
BANGKOK, 23 September, 2008 -- There are three Thai finalists
in the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards for 2008. They are:
Six Senses Hideaway at Phang Nga in the luxury and boutique
category, Faasai Resort and Spa in Chanthaburi
in the budget category, and Andaman Discoveries in Phang Nga
in the community-run home-stay category.
There are eight finalists altogether in the awards
which were open to contestants throughout Asia. The other five
finalists are from India, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Indonesia.
This is the third year that Wild Asia has held the
awards, which recognize tourism operators who are committed to
following the principles of Responsible Tourism.
Over 40 candidates filled out Wild Asia's self-assessment
checklist. The criteria for choosing the finalists centers on
three core principles related to economic, environmental and social
objectives. These include protection of the environment, conservation
of water and electricity, efficient waste disposal, support for
the local community, treatment of staff and education for visitors.
All the finalists will be visited by a fact-finding team from
Wild Asia that will check on-site operations, talk to staff and
guests and visit local businesses and attractions promoted by
operators in surrounding areas. This allows Wild Asia to gain
a better understanding of the resort property, how it is run and
its impacts in the area.
A member of the Wild Asia Fact Finder team Rick
Gregory, who visited the Faasai Resort and Spa in August, said
the objective of the awards is to encourage responsible practices
in the tourism industry. He said the publicity and examples from
the awards would give travelers an opportunity to distinguish
between good operators and less responsible ones.
"Travelers are very intelligent, they know
what they're looking for, so nobody can just claim to be green,
people have to see that a hotel is green.
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