Arnfinn Oines, Corporate Conscience for Soneva Resorts, talks to us about what he sees as some of the main sustainability challenges in Southeast Asia.
What do you do when there are no proper municipal waste facilities or public water available? For Soneva, this was the reality when the company developed its resort Soneva Kiri 7-8 years ago in Thailand. And the challenge is something many hotel developers face in Southeast Asia, even in the more developed countries like Thailand.
Lack of municipal water
Water is a significant issue for any resort. It is used in all areas of operations, including showers, toilets, dishwashing, laundry and swimming pools. Having access to clean water is paramount. It can also be very costly if there is not easily accessible municipal water.
Municipal water is of course available in larger cities and main tourist areas, but even in popular destination like Samui and Phuket in Thailand municipal water is not available across the island. Phuket, a major destination with 5 million annual visitors, has plenty of water on the island stored in old tin mines. However, the local government does not have enough water to supply the whole island.
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