(Fatherland) – On the morning of September 9, in Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort officially announced that the hotel no longer has plastic waste released into the environment and no more single-use plastic items.
Mr. Tran Thai Do, Investor of Silk Sense Resort, said that with the orientation of sustainable development, Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort has pursued the “Sustainable Development Journey” from the first day of construction until today, by using environmentally friendly materials and with programs to reduce plastic waste at the Resort.
“To implement the plan, we have set specific criteria and solutions for each waste problem and applied it synchronously and actively to ensure complete elimination of plastic waste at the hotel. “Currently, we have thoroughly reduced plastic waste, so the Resort has no more plastic waste released into the environment and no more single-use plastic items,” Mr. Do said.
According to Mr. Do, this action not only protects the environment but also opens up great opportunities for sustainable tourism.
“We believe that demonstrating social responsibility and creating a sustainable business model not only attracts responsible tourists but also contributes to creating a green brand for Vietnam’s tourism industry,” said the owner of Silk Sense Resort.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hong, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Nam province said: This is the first resort pioneering zero plastic waste and is a practical action in concretizing the set of tourism criteria. green calendar. At the same time, this is also a pilot model for tourism businesses in general as well as resorts and hotels in the area to orient their tourism products and develop green tourism as their development orientation development of the province.
“In 2023, we, together with the Quang Nam Tourism Association, will continue to propagate and encourage all accompanying businesses to implement the Green Tourism Criteria. This year, 20 businesses have registered to implement Green tourism criteria set. And at the end of this year, there will be inspection and evaluation to continue recognizing businesses that achieve the green tourism criteria set,” Mr. Hong said.
“In the coming time, we will continue to promote communication work, training and create a number of mechanisms and policies to create favorable conditions for businesses to build new products that must meet meet green tourism criteria,” said Director of Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
According to Mr. Vu The Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, the announcement ceremony of “Zero plastic Resort” is a specific action of the business, with great significance in creating a spillover effect for the community. tourism businesses not only in Hoi An but across the country about their determination to implement sustainable tourism development in Vietnam.
Based on the set of criteria “Hotel without plastic waste” developed and successfully implemented by the resort, the Vietnam Tourism Association will immediately research, complete and issue it immediately to apply assessment for Hotels that are members of the Vietnam Tourism Association are moving to lobby competent state agencies to officially promulgate it for application throughout the tourism industry.
Currently, with sponsorship from the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP/GEF-SGP), the Vietnam Tourism Association is actively implementing the Project “Reducing plastic waste in the tourism sector.” Vietnam”, implemented in 2023-2024. The project aims to promote activities to reduce plastic waste in the tourism sector, contributing to environmental protection and sustainable development of the tourism industry.
The project will also focus on activities to raise awareness of all levels, industries, businesses, people, and tourists about the harmful effects of plastic waste and a sense of responsibility in reducing plastic waste. At the same time, piloting solutions and initiatives to reduce plastic waste at a number of hotels, restaurants, travel businesses, and tourist attractions in Ninh Binh and Quang Nam provinces.
An important content of this project that will be implemented is the development and pilot application of a set of criteria for recognizing plastic-free tourism businesses, contributing to replicating management practices to reduce plastic waste. of business.
“The Vietnam Tourism Association hopes that through the activities of the Project “Reducing plastic waste in Vietnam’s tourism sector” it can send a strong message, calling for efforts and joint contributions. of people, businesses, communities and tourists for the goal: Plastic waste-free tourism in Vietnam,” Mr. Vu The Binh shared.
The Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association said that although Hoi An has been implementing initiatives and campaigns to protect the environment very early. However, through the Covid-19 pandemic, efforts to protect the environment will be affected as society devotes resources to epidemic prevention. The Vietnam Tourism Association hopes that the implementation of the RTN Reduction project in the tourism sector will contribute to continuing to support environmental protection efforts and help Hoi An maintain its position as a leading destination in implementing implementing environmental protection measures in Vietnam.