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Bamboo Straws Poolside at Anantara Golden Triangle (Credit: unknown via Mark Thomson)

Anantara and AVANI Hotels & Resorts are proud to announce the decision to end the use of plastic drinking straws at all hotels and resorts in Asia from 1 January 2018. The first major hotel brands to announce a companywide decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region with a view to extend the roll out to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East by the end of the year.

In the serene mountainous region of Northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is working with a local artist, Khamchan Yano, who was shown by the village elders a fast growing wild bamboo, indigenous to the surrounds. Together they have perfected a way to keep the bamboo strong whilst also ensuring it is hygienic and reusable.

Read the full article on the initiative here.

By Mark Thomson on LinkedIn.


This report examines the current and potential market for summer mountain tourism. It aims to satisfy the expectations of these markets by providing the type of experiences and activities that best meets their needs while maintaining the environmental integrity of these mountain regions. In preserving the unique resources of the mountain regions, the nature of the market must be understood in order to predict and manage impacts.

by Phillipa Thomas, Petra Triandos and Roslyn Russell


Visitor Monitoring in Mountain Parks and Resorts: Summer Mountain Tourism, Victoria

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