On September 9, in Hoi An (Quang Nam), 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.
The Resort has zero plastic waste
At the ceremony, Mr. Tran Thai Do – Investor of Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort said: With the orientation of sustainable development, Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort has pursued the journey of environmental protection since the first day of construction. to today, by using environmentally friendly materials and by programs to reduce plastic waste at the hotel.
“To implement the plan, we have set specific criteria and solutions for each waste problem and applied them in a synchronous and proactive manner to ensure complete elimination of plastic waste at the hotel. .
From 2019 onwards, the resort’s annual amount of plastic waste was very large, about more than 54,000 plastic bottles, 10 tons of plastic waste. We have invested and replaced all plastic bottles with glass bottles; replace plastic utensils with bamboo and wood; replace plastic bags with paper bags or cloth bags; Encourage guests not to use single-use plastic items when traveling, contribute to the environmental treatment fund…
Therefore, 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.
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.
We hope that the positive results in the sustainable development journey will inspire and spread the message of environmental protection and sustainable tourism to society and the community” – Mr. Tran Thai Do shared.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hong – Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Nam province said: Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort is the first resort pioneering no plastic waste in the province and is a practical action in concretizing the Ministry of Standards and Technology. green tourism. 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 the province’s development orientation.
“In 2023, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and 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. At the end of the year, there will be inspection and evaluation to continue recognizing businesses that achieve the green tourism criteria set,” Mr. Hong said.
Plastic waste-free tourism in Vietnam
At the ceremony to announce “Hotel without plastic waste”, Mr. Vu The Binh – Chairman of Vietnam Tourism Association highly appreciated the efforts of Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort to actively and proactively respond to the call. of the Vietnam Tourism Association about joining hands to contribute to the goal of plastic-free tourism in Vietnam.
“The resort’s announcement ceremony of “Plastic-free hotel” today is a specific action of the business, which has great significance in creating a spillover effect for the tourism business community, not only in Hoi An but throughout the country about the determination to implement sustainable tourism development in Vietnam” – Mr. Vu The Binh said.
Mr. Vu The Binh also said that, based on the set of criteria “Hotels without plastic waste” successfully built and implemented by the Resort, the Vietnam Tourism Association will first research, complete and issue Immediately apply the rating to hotels that are members of the Vietnam Tourism Association, moving forward to lobby competent state agencies to officially issue 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 the 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 expects that through the activities of the Project “Reducing plastic waste in Vietnam’s tourism sector” it can send a strong message, calling for the efforts and joint contributions of people, businesses, communities and tourists for the goal: Plastic waste-free tourism in Vietnam” – Chairman of Vietnam Tourism Association shared.