Work is set to begin this October on a new facility dedicated to the protection and conservation of Phuket's endangered sea turtles.
The creatures face multiple threats from commercial fishing, consuming or becoming entangled in ocean litter and being hit by speedboats.
The Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Centre will be open about Songkran next year, and its aim is to halt the retreat of turtles from the region and to save the ones that need special help.
The centre will be at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on land donated by the resort and its owning company, Minor Corporation, for the project.
The Marriott will be the first resort in the Asia-Pacific to have such a facility situated on site.
Resort guests and the public will be able to see and interact with the turtles, including being able to feed them, clean their tanks and learn about their life cycle, as well as help clean the beach and plant coral in the area.
Construction of the facility will begin as soon as the water system plans and Green Energy power system are completed, and the design and concept are finalised.
JW Marriott Phuket's newly appointed General Manager, Oriol Montal, says: ''Marriott international have a powerful commitment to the global environment and the local communities in which we do business.
''Building a Marriott property brings with it key social economic drivers and impacts on the local environment, which we manage proactively and positively.
''As JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa continues to be the leaders in environmental stewardship we have been actively developing an integrated coastal management plan with our environmental partners.
''JW Marriott Phuket & the Minor Corporation are donating the land to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation for the Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Centre and together with its partner the Phuket Marine Biological Centre we are confident that this will help sustain the ecological future of turtles by building a dedicated turtle Shelter for injured marine sea turtles that need a home.
''I look forward to an exciting year ahead and welcoming the injured turtles to their new home, and to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Fun Run on September 14 this year.''