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Thailand resort manager launches Eco Blueprint for Tropical Resorts
Florian Hallermann, General Manager of the Zeavola Resort on Phi Phi Island in southern Thailand, has launched a new downloadable PDF book to show hoteliers how to run a beach resort based on green practices, staff unity and guests’ cultural understanding.
Zeavola’s Little Green Book is written as a practical manual, cultural primer, and inspirational guide to running a 53-villa resort in an age of environmental accountability and cultural sensitivity.
The 42-page downloadable PDF shows how Hallermann and his 130 dedicated staff have built an ecologically responsible and culturally sympathetic luxury resort on a spectacularly beautiful headland on a remote island location in the inner Andaman Sea.
Over the last 11 years Hallermann has led by example and cultivated the primacy of learning, adapting, understanding and respecting the environment and Thai culture. He has nurtured loyalty, unity, sharing and, in effect, family cohesion among staff.
The Austrian is not shy on sharing details on breakthrough results achieved by the Reddonatura wet waste composter, Chaipattana water aerator, the Enviroswim ES3 swimming pool water purifier and the garden shredder.
The Enviroswim ES3 freshwater system is an Australian designed and manufactured pool sanitiser which was the 2018 SPASA Winner of Sustainable product of the year for being an innovative product which simultaneously uses three processes; electronic oxidising, ionisation and ultrasonics to annihilate bacteria, fungi, and viruses from pools. Other clients of the Enviroswim ES3 freshwater systeminclude Gwingana wellness retreat and spa on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Hallermann acknowledges the transformative results achieved by implementing practices recommended by creative engineers and consultants such as Alexander Auer and Alexandre Tsuk of #refillmybottle, among others.
The result has seen Hallermann reduce laundry water consumption by 4000 litres a day, stopped the one-way use of 120,000 plastic bottles annually, saved 260kg of plastic food packaging a year, and made dozens more environmental improvements across Zeavola's hotel operations.
Hallermann also tips his hat to inspirational partners such as underwater photographer and environmentalist York Hovest, Stefany Seipp at Green Pearls, the PADI team at his resort, and Adrian Grenier of the Lonely Whale Foundation. The latter has declared war on single-use straws with his campaign #stopsucking.
The Little Green Book contains insights on Thai culture, local sea gypsies, and how guests can give back to the host community while on a beach holiday.
For an in-depth interview on what motivates Hallermann go to the Green Pearls website here.
The inspirational and practical Zeavola's Little Green Book is available as a download for THB140 (US$5) here with all proceeds being reinvested in green projects at the resort.
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10th May 2019 - PATA reports on food waste in Asia’s tourism industry
19th February 2019 - Thailand Beach Resort and Marine Discovery Centre encourage eco-sensitive adventures
16th October 2017 - Eco-friendly Banyan Tree resort to open in Singapore’s Mandai wildlife precinct
1st February 2016 - Guests help gather Turtle Data at Ramada Eco Beach Resort
12th October 2015 - GSTC and Asian Ecotourism Network Sign Memorandum of Understanding
12th February 2015 - Zeavola Resort wins sustainability accolade at international hotel awards
1st February 2014 - UN Resolution recognises ecotourism as key to sustainable development
9th January 2014 - Zeavola resort’s clean sweap of beaches leaves Phi Phi green and pristine
4th October 2013 - Conference to explore ecotourism and global tourism megatrends
13th September 2012 - Ecotourism the key driver of tourism yield in the Asia-Pacific
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