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Sustainability Challenges in Southeast Asia

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, Management, Operations, Planet, Private Sector, Southeast, Water
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Sustainability challenges in Southeast Asia

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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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Human Rights and the Hotel Industry

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Human Rights, Manual, People and Places, Private Sector, Southeast
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This Know How Guide is a high-level introduction to human rights for the hotel industry – what human rights are, the context of the hotel industry, steps to implement the UN Guiding Principles and resources for further reading.

It is primarily written for Corporate Responsibility Managers in hotel companies, though it may also be of interest to individual properties. Please download the full guide to see further reading and appendixes. International Tourism Partnership would like to thank Carnstone Partners LLP for their assistance reviewing this Guide.

What are human rights?

Human rights are fundamental principles and standards that aim to secure dignity, freedom and equality for all people. The Universal Declaration on Human Rights of 1948 sets out 30 fundamental human rights. This, together with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols, form the International Bill of Rights.

Human rights underpin everything we do, from the way staff are treated, their working conditions, to how guests are treated, in the supply chain and how goods and services for the hotel are produced, in the communities where a hotel is based and in the way a hotel or hotel business is run. Many issues are inter-related, e.g. water is not just an environmental issue: access to water is a human rights issue.

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Regional Economic Integration of Laos into ASEAN, Trade and Entrepreneurship Development (RELATED)

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Strengthening capacities to make the most out of regional economic integration

Together with key stakeholders of the public and private sector, the RELATED project aims to support Laos to realise the benefits and mitigate the risks of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) that is to be established in 2015. The project covers three main dimensions: contributing to the improvement of the regulatory environment for
regional trade and investment, assisting the government in managing the integration process and supporting the private sector to benefit from the AEC.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Intensifying Efforts to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Tourism Industry

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Development Partnership with the Private Sector Supports the Code in Thailand

Tourism plays a significant role in driving economic growth in developing countries. However, an increasing number of tourists influence the sex tourism business. Although the travel sector is not directly responsible for the sexual abuse of children in the tourist trade, the tourism industry has a key role to play in combating the sexual exploitation of minors. It is important to raise awareness of this issue, one that few venture to address.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Tourism as Part of Integrated Development Planning and Nature Conservation in Vietnam

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Location: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

Partners: PNKB National Park, Tourism Administration Office of Quang Binh DoCST, Provincial People’s Committee

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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This report proposes a model and survey instrument for assessing a destination’s competitiveness in the tourism market. The conceptualisation work and instrument, called the Destination Competitiveness Inventory (DCI), were derived as a result of field trips to Singapore, Japan and China to assess the competitiveness of Australia as  a holiday destination from those three origin markets.

by Roger March

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Marketing-Oriented Tool to Assess Destination Competitiveness

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Alila Villas Soori is a beachfront five-star resort located along the southwest coast of Bali, within the Tabanan Regency, one of the island’s most fertile and picturesque regions. One of the primary goals of the owner and developer was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and constructed in an ecologically sensitive manner.

by EarthCheck Pty Ltd

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Alila Villas Uluwatu’s environmental goals.

by Alila Hotels & Resorts

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