PHIST 2020 Virtual Event

This year’s Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST 2020) event is breaking down borders and going virtual.

On Tuesday 15 September, Asia’s largest and most innovative movement to bring sustainability to the region’s hospitality and tourism industry will take place in a single day, online format. With over 1,200 expected to participate, this will be the third year for this high-energy event.

Event starts from 9am – 6pm (Bangkok Time)
Green Groove Exhibition : Meet the most beneficial and useful options for hotels to preserve the natural environment and reduce unnecessary waste in Phuket and beyond.

Program & Speaker

9.00-09.55 AM        Sustainable Hotels and Resorts with XCO2 : A ‘How to’ for New and Existing properties. A look inside some of the “plug and play” solutions in the market, including case studies and best practices from hotels.  Learn about solutions to improve sustainability, technical insights for solar, water management and other systems. Also remove some of the mystery from green hotel certifications
John Farrell, Director, XCO2
Matt Carlisle, Operations Manager, XCO2

10.00-10.55 AM      Circular Economy by United Nations & Marine Discovery Center by SHR : What does “circular economy” really mean? What are the best practices? How does this apply to Southeast Asia and what actions can hotels take? This session will enlighten the audience to the advent of the circular economy in practical terms and will give insight on the Marine & Maldives Discovery Centres at CROSSROADS Maldives which has taken a natural history view and integrated the underwater history of the island nation in a unique initiative.
Dirk De Cuyper, CEO, S Hotels & Resorts Public Company Limited
Maggie Lee, Programme Management Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

11.00 -11.55 AM      Sustainable Events and Meetings by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) : Events should be sustainable. Even when online. This session will give practical examples for how hotels can hold sustainable events and meetings.
Pat Satkhum, Senior Manager, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) 

12.00 -12.55 PM     LUNCH : Farm-To-Fork, A Practical Guide for Hotels and Restaurants : Michelin meets farm-to-table in this series of personal discussions with some of Thailand’s leading culinary figures who are taking a fresh, local, and back to basics approach to eating well.   The farm-to-table, farm-to-fork movement is exploding across the globe.  Learn how and what to do in this in-depth series of talks from this extraordinary cast of kitchen talent who have gotten out of the box and out into the farm.
Chef BoBo.lan
Jimmy Orphorst, Chef, PRU,
James Noble, Co-Founder, Origin
Jason Friedman, Founder, JM Friedman & CO.
David Johnson, CEO, Delivering Asia Communications (Moderator)

13.00 – 13.55 PM   Corporate Sustainability for Up and Coming Hotel Groups : At some point, every hotel company needs to manage sustainability across its portfolio and corporate teams. Large chains have been doing this for years with well-structured and branded programs, but this session will focus on how smaller, growing hotel chains in Asia do it for dozens of hotels, not thousands.
Douglas Martel, CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group
Matawee (Nim) Mujchapan, Operations Manager – Environment & Sustainability, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Iris Lam, Director of F&B – Design & Sustainable Development, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

The main event starts at 2 pm onward

Opening and Keynote : It Takes An Island
Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
Eric Ricaurte, Founder, Greenview

Rewilding : A Walk on the Wild Wild Side :  A conversation with one of hotel design’s most notable disruptors.
Bill Bensley,  Creative Director, BENSLEY, interviewed by Anthony Lark, President Phuket Hotels Association

CEOs Talk – 1 on 1 :  The New Green Stay : Leading a sustainable hotel chain in the face of global challenges is not a walk in the park. How does a global hotel group lead, remain competitive, and maintain a sense of equilibrium?
Neil Jacobs, CEO Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spars
Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

CEOs Talk – 1 on 1 : An Unexpected Sustainability Champion
James Riley, CEO Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Eric Ricaurte, Founder, Greenview

From Hotel Banker to Youth NGO
Andrew (Andy) Stein, Founder, The Orphaned Starfish Foundation interviewed by David Johnson, CEO, Delivering Asia Communications

Interview – Conserving Thailand’s Natural Attractions
Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat,  Kasetsart University
Marisa SukosolThai Hotel Association

Stacking Up Green Hotels : Stacking up green hotels – we are all eager to hear about market recovery. And while that is happening more quickly in some places in Southeast Asia than others, how about the environmental recovery from less tourism? Hear from the expert on market trends.
Jesper Palmqvist Asia Pacific Area Director, STR

Interview – OTAs – Full Green Ahead
David Keen, CEO, QUO interviews Ang Pin Choo, Senior Director Government and Corporate Affairs, Asia, Expedia Group

A Life Without Walls – Walking The Talk : Get outside, experience nature and reconnect with our environment. Covid-19 has given travelers and hotels a chance to rethink their values. Listen to someone who lives the lifestyle they promote and take a few minutes to walk in their footsteps.
Anneke van Waesberghe, Co-Founder, Escape Nomade

Climate Change for the Next Generation
Esther and  Janice Lao

Green Planet Learning Hub : There is no vaccine to solve our current environmental debacle. Education has to be a core value of teaching the lessons of sustainability to the next generation. Take an opportunity to see how a small group of hotels and businesses are looking to the future and investing in education.
Jayne MacDougall, Director of Risk Management, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort and Environment Working Group, Phuket Hotels Association
Claudine Nagiah, Sustainability Director, Blue Tree Phuket

My Generation : Step inside the mind of the millennial and find out what they think about green, their values and how their path may change course in a forward-looking think piece.
Benjamin OhHorwath HTL