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Evason Phuket and Bon Island: one of seven contenders for the award

Phuket Resorts Aim for Balance with Nature

Monday, February 21, 2011
SEVEN Phuket resorts are aiming to earn a certificate from the Phuket Natural Resources and Environment Department for good environmental standards.

With so much of Phuket's future depending on striking a balance between nature and tourism, what resorts do and how they manage their environment is a key to sustainable survival.

The seven are: five-star establishments Evason Phuket and Bon Island (where a boatload of Rohingya refugees recently landed at neighboring Laem Ka beach in Rawai) and Anantara Phuket Villas at Mai Khao; four-stars Centara Kata Resort, Royal Phuket City in - yes, you guessed it - Phuket City and Amari Coral Beach, on Patong's southern headland; plus three-stars Deevana Patong Resort and Spa and Thara Patong Beach Resort.

Five star, four star or three stars, the standards are high. Staffers from the Phuket Natural resources and Environment department will begin their assessment in March.

What the resorts will have to demonstrate is their commitment. Under examination will be the location of each resort, the management of the environment, the maintenance of local wisdom and culture, and the participation with local communities.
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And what about many project never finished around all Phuket? Just take a boat tour from Ao Po and get a look at the islands around and Cape Panwa.. Is this a balance between nature and tourism? And what about the increasing on the traffic, or the water pollution? Or in the number of the boat in the sea around? Doesn't have Phuket enough tourists coming yet? Or they wanna cement everywhere?
How is possible that nobody can learn from Spain, Tunisia, Red Sea or Bali???
When the crisis will come, won't be possible to go back...

Posted by Dave on February 21, 2011 22:54

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Royal Phuket City is vying for an environmental award? For what? Watering the potted palms in its lobby? I smell a rat.

Posted by Sam W on February 22, 2011 08:44

Editor Comment:

We don't have any special knowledge of the awards but city resorts/hotels should be just as concerned about water waste, recycling and the environment as resorts by the sea, shouldn't they?


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