TTTĐ – 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.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Vu The Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association emphasized that the announcement ceremony of “Zero plastic waste” is a specific action of the business, with great significance for creating spreading to the tourism business community not only in Hoi An but throughout the country about the determination to implement sustainable tourism development in Vietnam.
Mr. Binh added that, with sponsorship from the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP/GEF-SGP), the Vietnam Tourism Association is currently actively implementing the project “Reducing plastic waste”. in the field of Vietnamese tourism”, implementation period is two years (2023-2024).
Also according to Mr. Binh, the project “Reducing plastic waste in Vietnam’s tourism sector” will focus on activities to raise awareness of all levels, industries, businesses, people, and tourists about the impacts of plastic waste in Vietnam. harmful effects of plastic waste and a sense of responsibility in reducing plastic waste. At the same time, the project piloted solutions and initiatives to reduce plastic waste at a number of hotels, restaurants, travel businesses, and tourist attractions in the two provinces of Ninh Binh and Quang Nam.
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 (VITA) hopes that through the project’s activities, it can send a strong message, calling for the efforts and joint contributions of people, businesses, communities and tourists. for the goal of plastic-free tourism in Vietnam.
The Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association said that although Hoi An has been implementing initiatives and campaigns to protect the environment from a very early age. However, through the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental protection efforts have been affected because society has devoted resources to epidemic prevention.
Accordingly, VITA hopes that the implementation of the project to reduce plastic waste in the tourism sector will contribute to continuing to support efforts to protect the environment and help Hoi An maintain its position as a leading destination in implementing environmental protection measures in Vietnam.
“Based on the set of criteria for zero plastic waste Resort” successfully developed and implemented by the resort, VITA will immediately research, complete and issue them immediately to apply the assessment to hotels that are VITA members, moving forward to lobby competent State agencies to officially promulgate it for application throughout the tourism industry,” Mr. Binh added.
According to Mr. Tran Thai Do, Investor of Silk Sense Resort, with the orientation of sustainable development, Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort has pursued the “Environmental protection journey” from the first day of construction until today, by using environmentally friendly materials and using plastic waste reduction programs at the hotel.
To implement the plan, the business has 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, the unit has thoroughly reduced plastic waste, so the resort no longer has 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”, Mr. Tran Thai Do shared.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hong, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Nam province, said that this is the first resort pioneering no plastic waste and is a practical action in concretizing the set of green tourism criteria. At the same time, this is also a pilot model for tourism businesses in general as well as resorts and hotels in the province to orient their tourism products and develop Green Tourism as their development orientation. development of the province.
Recently, the implementation of the Green Tourism Criteria Set in Quang Nam province has achieved initial results, contributing to raising awareness of the tourism business community, people, especially tourists in implementing the Set of Green Tourism Criteria. green tourism criteria.
In 2023, Quang Nam Tourism industry will continue to propagate and encourage all accompanying businesses to implement the Green Tourism Criteria; There have been 20 businesses registered to implement the set of green tourism criteria. It is expected that at the end of the year there will be inspection and evaluation to continue recognizing businesses that achieve the set of green tourism criteria.
In addition, Quang Nam 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 to achieve. green tourism criteria.
It is known that Silk Sense river resort Hoi An is the first business to declare no to plastic waste. Starting from 2019, on average per year, the business has reduced 54,000 plastic bottles, reducing 10 tons of waste into the environment