PHIST 2020 to spotlight sustainability agenda amid pandemic

This year’s edition of PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), Asia’s largest sustainable travel and hospitality event, which will take on a virtual format in light of the Covid-19 situation, will spotlight how the industry is tackling sustainability issues in the midst of the pandemic.

Over 1,200 of the industry’s leading figures are expected to attend this online gathering – originally slated to take place in Phuket on September 7 – which will include keynote addresses, interactive sessions, educational workshops and a green exhibition.

Like the two previous editions of PHIST, the one-day event, organised by the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview and C9 Hotelworks, will drive the agenda for environmental action in a post-Covid-19 world.

Delegates will hear about the post-crisis efforts to prevent overtourism, the dynamic shift away from mass markets, strategies to conserve natural attractions, the quantification of green travel, farm-to-fork dining, rewilding, renewable energy, and more.

Running from 09.00 to 18.30, the free-to-join conference will include talks from trailblazing figures on the latest travel trends, educational masterclasses on renewable energy, post-Covid-19 hygiene, green meetings and corporate sustainability for small hotels.

Participants will also have digital networking opportunities with speakers, experts and other delegates. In addition, an interactive Virtual Green Groove exhibition showcasing eco-products and services from tech providers will be on show.

This year’s keynote speaker, Bill Bensley, the creative director at BENSLEY and the mastermind behind many of Asia’s most eclectic and eye-catching properties, will discuss the subject of sustainable hotels. He will be joined by the eminent marine biologist Thamrongnawasawat, president of the Phuket Hotels Association Anthony Lark, as well as the CEOs of two luxury hotel groups – Neil Jacobs of Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas and James Riley of Mandarin Oriental, among others.

To learn more about PHIST 2020 and to register for the event, please visit

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