The event, in conjunction with National Tree Day, comprised of members of the Royal Thai Embassy, including Thailand's Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Ms. Busadee Santipitaks, TAT Sydney and a large group of enthusiastic volunteers.
"It is wonderful to see how passionate and dedicated the Koala Clancy Foundation has been to protect and create a habitat for koalas," said Ambassador Ms. Busadee Santipitaks. "The event resonates with Thailand's continuing efforts to help restore elephant rainforest habitat in Thailand. Furthermore, the latest efforts to offset carbon emissions is the Bangkok governor's campaign to plant one million trees in Bangkok during the next four years."
TAT Director Suladda Sarutilavan expanded on Thailand's sustainability goals, explaining the Kingdom's Bio-Circular-Green economy model, and what that means for the future of tourism in Thailand, with initiatives to support the development of more sustainable hotels, conscious dining, and community-based tourism. TAT recently launched the 7 Greens campaign: Green Heart, Green Logistics, Green Attraction, Green Activity, Green Community, Green Service, Green Plus which encourages resorts and tourism operators to adopt, step by step, more sustainable strategies for the future.
Funding for the planting came from a City of Greater Geelong Environmental Sustainability Grant and the TAT in 2021 and from the TAT in collaboration with Minor Hotels in 2022. Minor Hotels has long embraced sustainable pioneering efforts in Thailand to better the lives of captive elephants through Anantara's Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. The company's Group Director of Sustainability concluded: "It's fantastic to see Thailand's famous hospitality crossing international borders, not only to continue to build relationships but to also share sustainable practices that better the lives of indigenous wildlife across the globe."
Source: Minor Hotel Group