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Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to encourage all to “Let’s be plastic ๐Ÿ†“ & instead zero 0๏ธโƒฃ plastic whenever we are travelling around”, whether you’re the travellers or the tourism players across the globe ๐ŸŒŽ

This sharing is relating to her earlier sharing via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/plastic-free/ from her attendance to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 โœ…

She has read ๐Ÿ“– about the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has recently announced about the launch of a ๐Ÿ†• online resource for increasing โฌ†๏ธ the sustainability of the tourism sector. This course named “Targeting Zero 0๏ธโƒฃ Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is recently launched in conjunction with PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022 (PDMF) which held in Songkhla, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ from 2 to 4 Aug recently. SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has registered it, however due to work commitment, she was unable to attend it personally ๐Ÿ˜”

In March 2022, PATA actually already started a collaboration ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the goal of advising tourism & hospitality businesses on plastic waste reductionโฌ‡๏ธ To achieve this, PATA has developed this online course ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป to provide step-wise guidance on minimising the sourcing & consumption of single-use plastics as well as the importance for organisations to sign โœ๐Ÿป the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge

The Pledge, which is a collaboration ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป between UNESCO & Expedia Group, is open & applicable to all tourism businesses, regardless of their size or location. By signing โœ๐Ÿป the Pledge, they will be joining a network ๐ŸŒ of leading tourism & hospitality businesses that are helping their destinations in the development of sustainable tourism. “The Sustainable Travel Pledge is particularly timely as we work to build a ๐Ÿ†• kind of tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, by inviting local tourism stakeholders to commit to inclusive & sustainable measures”, said Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

“The pandemic caused hardship in tourism destinations worldwide ๐ŸŒŽ, but also led to severe setbacks in our fight against plastic waste”, said PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera. “Now is the time to take action & strive for a more sustainable tourism & hospitality industry. Weโ€™re proud to make this contribution to plastic waste reduction โฌ‡๏ธ efforts.”

The amount of plastics we currently produce, consume and dispose of is unsustainable, and tourism activities and hospitality businesses do contribute largely to this issue. In the Mediterranean, for example, marine litter increases up to 40% during tourist peak season (One Planet, 2021) & this poses a threat to tourism destinations themselves

As put by Ang Choo Pin, Managing Director Asia, Expedia Group, “It is essential for hotels, restaurants, tour operators & all other tourism businesses to reduce โฌ‡๏ธ the amount of plastics they generate & dispose of the unavoidable plastics responsibly if they wish to protect the very assets they rely on to attract customers”

Reducing โฌ‡๏ธ single-use plastics in tourism & hospitality businesses provides not only an opportunity to protect the destination’s ecosystems but also to support the local community & economy, as it is advocated throughout the online course ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป This is because sourcing local products & using local resources & services in tourism offerings & activities reduces reliance on international supply chains as well as economic leakages. Moreover, local artisanal products are more likely to be made of natural, renewable materials than mass-produced ones

“The course developed by PATA is an incredible resource for businesses to understand the relationships between communities, culture & environmental protection through plastic waste reduction”, says Dr. Hanh Duong Bich, Program Specialist and Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Office in Bangkok. “It gives great guidance and examples on how businesses can help fight plastic waste & at the same time promote local heritage & strengthen local supply chains.” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The course “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is open-sourced & available โœ… to all

The self-paced course is available open-sourced in 2๏ธโƒฃ languages, English & Thai. It covers the following topics;

  1. What is the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge โ“โ‰๏ธ
  2. What is the necessary process to implement a plastic waste reduction strategy โ“โ‰๏ธ
  3. What are the concrete measures needed to reduce single-use plastics in my businessโ“โ‰๏ธ
  4. How can local knowledge & products help fight plastic waste โ“โ‰๏ธ
  5. How can I continue my journey towards plastic waste reduction โ“โ‰๏ธ

Participants can receive an e-certificate ๐Ÿ“œ if they achieve the minimum required score ie. 80% in the final quiz. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has just completed & received her e-certificate ๐Ÿ“œ, then sharing here for all to also attending this useful informative online course ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Let’s start to access this online course ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป via ๐ŸŒ https://crc.pata.org/courses/unesco/

Happy learning all & let’s “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Hotel Stay with Favehotel Nagoya Batam, Indonesia

Yeah!! Congrats to the ๐Ÿ†• opening of Favehotel Nagoya Batam ๐Ÿจ at Batam Island, Indonesia ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ, a popular island destination near Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ this 13 July 2022. SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was invited as a media member to witness its opening ceremony & also stayed in for 2๏ธโƒฃ nights. So, she is gonna sharing in this blog post about her awesome cozy comfy hotel stay in fave room of this ๐Ÿ†• hotel

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During the opening ceremony, all invited guests from Batam Island ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ & Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ were being welcome with traditional dances, Silat Melayu, welcome speeches by the relevant authorised hotel management & tourism board members ie. Mr Norbert Vas, the Vice President Business Development Archipelago International; Mr Yanuwar, Dedy Setyawan, the General Manager of Favehotel; Ibu Kusrini from Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kota Batam & Mr Edi Sutrisno from Batam Tourism Promotion Board

Do check out this FB video by Favehotel Nagoya Batam via ๐Ÿ“นย  https://www.facebook.com/favehotelNagoyaBatam/videos/1556947984707662/ & SiennyLovesDrawing’s TikTok clip ๐Ÿ“น captured from this happening new hotel opening ceremony

This ๐Ÿ†• hotel actually formed part of the expanded portfolio of Archipelago International, the Southeast Asiaโ€™s largest privately-owned & independent hotel management group. It’s being designed with budget-conscious families & long stay guests in mind, it offers each oversize hotel room with a balcony & as a salute to nearby neighborhood country, Singapore, it features a traditional Kopitiam named Nagoya Thamrin Kopitiam for the dining ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ convenience of all its hotel guests, you can even try the Bak Kut Teh, Indonesian style here ya ๐Ÿ˜€ This is the foodie reason that SiennyLovesDrawing gonna be back for a hotel stay at this Favehotel Nagoya Batam, yeah!!

There are 117 rooms in total with 2๏ธโƒฃ room types ie. Fave rooms & Fab rooms (Suite with Google Assistant facilities, absolutely a great convenient for both leisure & business travellers)

From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป’s nice comfy hotel stay experience ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป in its fave room for 2๏ธโƒฃ nights, this ๐Ÿ†• hotel offers total comfort with its clean, spacious, fully air-conditioned room, balcony with scenic city views, complimentary high-speed WiFi ๐Ÿ“ถ & Google speaker in room, room amenities, tea/coffee โ˜• making facilities, in-room safe, wall-mounted 43โ€ TV with 40 channels available, clean crisp linen, mattress toppers, hot shower ๐Ÿšฟ, electrical sockets, open wardrobe with hangers & luggage rack

Do check out her happy hotel stay TikTok clip ๐Ÿ“น captured in fave room of this new hotel

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Yes โœ…, this ๐Ÿ†• hotel with its modern facilities & stylish design with functionality to offer all its hotel guests a great value & comfort suited for both business & leisure domestic & foreign travelers

It’s strategic & conveniently located ๐Ÿ“ in the main business area of Batam Island ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ. It’s with easy access ie. less than 30mins car ๐Ÿš— ride to the Hang Nadim International Airport โœˆ๏ธ, Batam Center Ferry โ›ด๏ธ Terminal & Harbour Bay

This recent trip to Batam, SiennyLovesDrawing & her travelmates has departed with Dolphin fast ferry of approximately 40mins from Tanjung Pengelih jetty, Johor, Malaysia. A comfy pleasant ferry ride with comfy pleasant ferry ride, do check out her ferry ride TikTok clip captured via https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7119733091496643867

Given its strategic location, all its hotel guests will benefit from a myriad of facilities & services right on the doorsteps of this hotel, including an attractive restaurant alley, a myriad of shopping & a modern fresh market

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In this connection, it’s also perfect spot for all travelers wanting enjoy shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ›’ at the largest shopping malls in Batam ie. Grand Batam Mall, Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, BCS Mall & Lucky Plaza

This hotel also nearby Vihara Budhi Bhakti, the oldest monastery ๐Ÿ›• in Batam which built in the 1970s & was inaugurated in 1986. Not just that, it also near the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, the largest Buddhist temple โ›ฉ๏ธ in Southeast Asia with a vegetarian food eatery. The hotel guests also can visit the Museum Batam Raja Ali Haji to learn & explre various historical items & photos of Batam Island history. Do stay tuned for her next blog post about the things to do in Batam Island

Highly recommended for all to enjoy a clean, cozy & comfy hotel stay ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป with Favehotel Nagoya Batam in your upcoming travels to Batam Island, Indonesia ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

SiennyLovesDrawing will definitely check out this Favehotel again in her next travels to Batam Island, see ya โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’• Do check out her FB album posted via ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/siennylovesdrawing/posts/pfbid023QLLGNS1iCzJXXQh9yyjfoyMMYARhsDNFJ3YoUeXJNVTz7wZ3eBVjcwmxfUTUfxel

Ohh ya…During her recent hotel stay here, she also attended the Kampong Food Fiesta 2022 held here,ย  do read more of her happy foodie tasting story via https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/07/15/kampong-food-fiesta-2022-at-batam-indonesia/

Address๐Ÿ“: https://maps.app.goo.gl/r5QWUoVcEFNib6aQ6

Website ๐ŸŒ: https://www.favehotels.com/en/hotel/view/151/favehotel-nagoya—batam

Kampong Food Fiesta 2022 at Batam Island, Indonesia

Hey all, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to sharing a good news to all foodies , food lovers ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป about the local food culinary bazaar that she has personally attended @ ๐Ÿ“ Batam, Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

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There were approximately 40 culinary stalls gathered @ ๐Ÿ“ Aston Nagoya Batam & Favehotel Nagoya Batam ๐Ÿจ It’s the Kampong Food Fiesta 2022 ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Yes โœ…, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was there personally with her travel mates on the 1๏ธโƒฃst day of this food fiesta. Then, continue the 2๏ธโƒฃnd day again. Do check out her TikTok clip captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ

Interestingโ“โ‰๏ธ 

Yes โœ…, as the name suggested, there were a good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป variety of village-specific gastronomy available ie. Bakso, meat balls, somai, pecel, rujak, various soto, rawon, fried foods, mendowan & many more

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

The best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป is ๐Ÿ†“ admission, yes โœ…, NO entrance fee required. You just be present & enjoy the foods served here. Ohh yeahโ€ผ๏ธGuaranteed as some of her travel mates have commented that the foods were delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคค & definitely will not drain your pocket, all foods with reasonable price, yeahโ€ผ๏ธ

So, what are you waiting forโ“โ‰๏ธ

This fiesta is ongoing till 17 July 2022, a varieties of best activities await you at Kampong Food Fiesta 2022

Let’s bring along your family members, besties, neighbours, colleagues, friends etc. to dropping by this yummy food fiesta if you’re in Batam Island ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Or you’re travelling this weekend. There were many performances, live bands, petting zoo, Kuda Lumping, live painting, Zumba, Malay kustik, Silat , coloring competitions to Indian Joget & many more during the fiesta ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป .

Do check out her Kuda Lumping performance TikTok clip captured for sharing via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7120389577998667035

So, some of the foods that SiennyLovesDrawing personally tasted from this Kampong Food Fiesta as below,

Bakso

It’s an Indonesian meatball. It’s pronunciation from Hokkien ่‚‰้…ฅ ie. Bah-soอ˜, then its Indonesian name Bakso, with a silent “k”This popular street food dish is very popular in Malang, Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ & is said to be Chinese in origin. This is why the texture is so similar to fish & beef balls youโ€™ll find in Chinese cuisine

Ohh ya…Depending on the type of meatballs used, it might be called Bakso Ayam (Chicken meatballs), Bakso sapi (Beef meatballs) or Bakso babi (Pork meatballs) etc.When served with noodles & broth, the dish is bakso noodles

Personally SiennyLovesDrawing prefers to enjoy just the chewy bakso of any meat with sweet sauce & a little spicy sambal. Alternatively, she will enjoy a bakso noodles bowl at times ๐Ÿœ Read more via ๐ŸŒ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakso

Batagor

It’s an abbreviation from Ba for Bakso (meatballs), Ta for Tahu (ie. Tofu), Gor for goreng (Deep-fried) ~ A popular street food in Bandung, Sunda region of West Java, Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Also said to be an adaptation of the Chinese Indonesian “Siu Mai”. Tofu & wonton skins are usually stuffed with fish or meat paste & then steamed & coat with batter & deep-fried, then served with spicy sweet peanut ๐Ÿฅœ sauce

It’s truly yummy addictive to enjoy all with the peanut sauce dipping ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Read more via ๐ŸŒ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batagor

Lumpia

It’s 1๏ธโƒฃ of the various types of spring rolls commonly found in Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ , also Philippine ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ. Lumpia are made of thin paper-like or crepe-like pastry skin with enveloping savory or sweet fillings

It’s often served as an appetizer or snack & might be served deep fried or fresh

SiennyLovesDrawing tried the one with beef & vegetables in it from this fiesta & it’s crispy juicy to enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Read more via ๐ŸŒ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumpia

Telur Gulung (Egg rolls)

It’s a variation of fried egg where an egg ๐Ÿฅš is fried & then rolled using a skewer which is usually made from bamboo wood or stick ๐Ÿฆฏ

As the egg ๐Ÿฅš (Whisk egg) is cooking, quickly use the โ€˜satay stickโ€™ & spin the stick around so that it collects the egg around the stick

The cooked & fried rolled egg on stick, will be placed on a cup ๐Ÿฅก ready to be served along with the sauces

Come on, come on… SiennyLovesDrawing really enjoyed herself here with a sip a drink & enjoy its special local foods here

See you all, let’s all meet up to enjoy local Indonesian foods here ya ๐Ÿ˜

Ohh ya…You all may opt to stay in this ๐Ÿ†• hotel named Favehotel Nagoya Batam @ Aston Thamrin City

It was just recently launched & SiennyLovesDrawing has witnessed its ๐Ÿ†• opening ceremony here on 13 July 2022 & being invited to stay in for 2๏ธโƒฃ nights here

It’s a nice hotel , though 2 stars, it’s well equipped with all the necessities & comfy convenience to all its hotel guests. Highly recommended it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Do check out her happy staycation FB album posted via ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒ  https://www.facebook.com/siennylovesdrawing/posts/458991012710535 & her TikTok clip captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ

She will be sharing more of her recent Batam Island travel experience , do stay tuned for her upcoming blog post ya โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Kq7L55vahctMajVRA

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.favehotels.com/en/hotel/rooms/151/favehotel-nagoya

FB ๐ŸŒ : https://www.facebook.com/favehotelNagoyaBatam/

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