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Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 would like to encourage all to “Let’s be plastic 🆓 & instead zero 0️⃣ plastic whenever we are travelling around”, whether you’re the travellers or the tourism players across the globe ğŸŒŽ

This sharing is relating to her earlier sharing via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/plastic-free/ from her attendance to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 ✅

She has read 📖 about the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has recently announced about the launch of a 🆕 online resource for increasing ⬆️ the sustainability of the tourism sector. This course named “Targeting Zero 0️⃣ Plastics in Tourism Businesses – with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is recently launched in conjunction with PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022 (PDMF) which held in Songkhla, Thailand 🇹🇭 from 2 to 4 Aug recently. SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has registered it, however due to work commitment, she was unable to attend it personally 😔

In March 2022, PATA actually already started a collaboration 🤝🏻 with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the goal of advising tourism & hospitality businesses on plastic waste reduction⬇️ To achieve this, PATA has developed this online course 👩🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻🧑🏻‍💻 to provide step-wise guidance on minimising the sourcing & consumption of single-use plastics as well as the importance for organisations to sign ✍🏻 the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge

The Pledge, which is a collaboration 🤝🏻 between UNESCO & Expedia Group, is open & applicable to all tourism businesses, regardless of their size or location. By signing ✍🏻 the Pledge, they will be joining a network 🌐 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 🆕 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 👨🏼‍💼

“The pandemic caused hardship in tourism destinations worldwide ğŸŒŽ, 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. We’re proud to make this contribution to plastic waste reduction ⬇️ 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 ⬇️ 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 ⬇️ 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 🧑🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻👩🏻‍💻 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.” 👍🏻

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

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

  1. What is the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge ❓⁉️
  2. What is the necessary process to implement a plastic waste reduction strategy ❓⁉️
  3. What are the concrete measures needed to reduce single-use plastics in my business❓⁉️
  4. How can local knowledge & products help fight plastic waste ❓⁉️
  5. How can I continue my journey towards plastic waste reduction ❓⁉️

Participants can receive an e-certificate 📜 if they achieve the minimum required score ie. 80% in the final quiz. Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has just completed & received her e-certificate 📜, then sharing here for all to also attending this useful informative online course 💪🏻🙌🏻👍🏻

Let’s start to access this online course 👨🏻‍💻👩🏻‍💻🧑🏻‍💻 via 🌐 https://crc.pata.org/courses/unesco/

Happy learning all & let’s “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses – with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” 👍🏻
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Zleep63 Hostel @ Bangkok, Thailand ğŸ‡¹ğŸ‡­

Are you a frequent shopping 🛒🛍 fan to Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭 ❓⁉️

If yes ✅, you are gonna be delighted 😃 with this blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝

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Why?❓⁉️

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is gonna recommending a comfy & cheap hostel 🏡 nearby Bangkok Don Mueang airport ✈️🛫🛬It’s really nearby‼️

Special thanks to the details received upon hostel booking confirmation & prompt useful reply to her queries about walking direction from the airport by the hostel staffJust a 🔟mins walking 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️ distance (approximately 700m) from the airport ✈️🛫🛬

Ohh…It’s also nearby the Bangkok train 🚂🛤 station, right opposite the airport ✈️🛫🛬 with a connecting bridge 🌉

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Actually this hostel 🏡 also will be extremely favourable 👍🏻 to backpackers / travellers ğŸŽ’ğŸ’¼with late airport/ train arrival 🌃🌌 Most of the time, cheaper fare for late night, midnight / early morning flights 🛫🛬Hmm…She has booked a bed 🛏 & stay for a night 🌃🌌 recently in a mixed dorm. She has a late arrival 🛬 to Bangkok 🇹🇭 & she needed to check-in for a connecting flight 🛫 the next day to Nakhon Phanom province from the same airport ✈️

Initially she had a thought of having an overnight 😴💤 at the airport ✈️🛫🛬 (not her 1️⃣st time as a travel lover ❤️). Then, she got this recommendation from 🌐 Booking.com, it’s within short walking 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️ distance & cheap ☺️ So, why not❓⁉️✅Moreover, no ❌ credit card 💳 details required for booking & free 🆓 cancellation with an informed dateline 🗓🕛 upon your booking confirmation✅ Awesome‼️😀

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Safe to walk 🚶🏻‍♀️at night 🌃🌌 from airport ✈️🛩❓⁉️

Sure, it’s actually pretty near after the direct connecting bridge / skywalk 🌉 from the airport ✈️🛫🛬

Anyway, safe precaution still require wherever & whenever we are. She walked 🚶🏻‍♀️slight quickly & be extra careful too. She was lucky 🍀 that the streets still busy & with bright lighting💡, there were many local residents around too👫👭👬 So she is not 💯% alone ✌🏻👌🏻

A small tips ~ Do book 👩🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻 your accommodation online under its travel & lifestyle through 🌐 https://www.airasiabig.com/ or its app 📲, then you will gain BIG points too, read 📖 more

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1️⃣st impression from her night arrival 🌃🏡

You may wonder still can check-in❓⁉️

Yes ✅, its with 24 hours front desk reception 🙋🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️

She loves ❤️ the home 🏡 feeling at arrival & felt welcome 🙏🏻 with the friendly hostel staff 💁🏻‍♀️named Ms Vanna (she is pretty 😍 ya)

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Yeah‼️ Her locker 🗄 for her backpack ğŸŽ’Â You may use a small padlock 🔐 at the locker if prefer for an additional protection. SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has used her small padlock 🔐 from her backpack ğŸŽ’ for it. Else the locker lock itself is sufficient tooA comfy bed 🛏 in a mixed dorm (she enjoys upper ⬆️ deck). Soft pillow ⬜️ , thin yet comfy blanket on a hard comfy mattress for her stay ✌🏻👍🏻😃

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Each bed 🛏 is provided with a electric ⚡️ plug point 🔌 & clothes 👚👖👗hanging area respectivelyBottom ⬇️ deck is provided with cloth curtains for privacy purposes, just so thoughtful 💭 Her dorm is with a shared shower 🚿 & bathroom 🚽 Not to worry, very clean ✅👍🏻

The entrance of this hostel 🏡 that gave her a warm & home feeling 🤗

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The shoes ğŸ‘žğŸ‘ŸğŸ‘  rack for its hostel guests 👭👬👫 to remove & keep their shoes ğŸ‘žğŸ‘ŸğŸ‘  before entering

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Then, beautiful 😍 walkway to enter with beautiful wall mural ğŸŽ¨ğŸ–Œ contributed by 1️⃣ of its hostel guests, Ms Vanna 💁🏻‍♀️ has invited SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 to do a wall mural ğŸŽ¨ğŸ–Œafter checked on her FB page too 😊

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Sure, why not❓⁉️ Will be back & stay tuned yaOhh…No ❌ breakfast ğŸ¥žğŸ³â˜•ï¸Â will be provided at hostel 🏡, she has walked 🚶🏻‍♀️to a food stall nearby the hostel 🏡, next to 7-11 which located very near to the hostel 🏡 Minimal English speaking, but body language & speak slowly helps

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A good 👍🏻 breakfast recommendation ✅ from Ms Vanna 💁🏻‍♀️, she enjoyed the mixed steamed chicken & fried chicken rice (must dip with the black homemade chili 🌶 sauce, yummy 😋🤤 ) with a cup of iced milk coffee 🥤 Just THB65 for all & her happy satisfied 😁 morning stomach afterIf walk 🚶🏻‍♀️slightly further, there are more restaurants, food street, stalls, shops, fresh market etc. Very convenience 👍🏻✌🏻

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Or you may use the hot ♨️ water 💦💧 facilities to make your own 3 in 1 coffee ☕️ & enjoy snacks ğŸªğŸ©ğŸ°ğŸ¥ªğŸŒ­ğŸž as your simple breakfast 😋 too (can buy from the nearby 7-11)

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You may consult the hostel reception if you need for baggage ğŸŽ’ğŸ’¼ğŸ‘œ storage after your check out. If your flight 🛫 departure from Suvarnabhumi airport, do inform the hostel reception for a free 🆓 shuttle 🚌🚍 ya 😀

Its 2️⃣nd floor open air balcony as smoking 🚬 area

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It offers a terrace & a shared lounge for its hostel guests 👭👫👬 to relax 😌☺️She has enjoyed her reading 📖 (a book recommended by Ms Vanna 💁🏻‍♀️), doodling ğŸ–‹ğŸ–ŠğŸ–ŒğŸŽ¨ time & surf net📱(free 🆓 wifi 📶 available) after check-out & while waited for her next flight departure 🛫Overall, she truly glad 😃 that she has opted a night stay 🛏😴💤 here, really a quiet & peaceful stay, perhaps the keep quiet notices 📌 around the hostel 🏡 helps as reminders to its guests 👫👭👬 Ohh ya…Some of the attractions available & within walking 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️ distance from this hostel 🏡

(i) Wat Don Mueang ⛩

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(ii) Fresh wet market 🛒

A good morning 🔅🔆 walk 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️before your breakfast 🍽🍴 to experience the local people’s daily life & culturesYou may pack your breakfast from this market & enjoy it at hostel 🏡 then

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Will be back to Zleep63 hostel 🏡 for her next Bangkok shopping 🛒🛍 tripsss for sure ✌🏻😃

Address📍: 17/128-129, Sonngprapa 1 Yeak 2, Donmuang, 10210 Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

Website🌐: https://www.booking.com/hotel/th/zleep63.html

More of attractions, food & hotel stay review 👩🏻‍💻📝 via SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s top contributor 👆🏻account 🌐https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawing

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Awesome Stay @ Nakhon Phanom, Thailand ğŸ‡¹ğŸ‡­

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 would like to share her awesome Mekong riverside 💦💧stay @ Nakhon Phanom, Thailand 🇹🇭 during her recent Mekong Tourism media trip 😀

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It’s Fortune View Khong Hotel 🏢 strategically located📍in the center of Nakhon Phanom province, Thailand 🇹🇭 , along the beautiful 😍 Mekong riverside & with a 24 hours front desk 💁🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♀️

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In this connection, this hotel features its hotel rooms with a private balcony for its guests 👭👬👫 to enjoy the peaceful nice 😍 view of Mekong river 💦💧

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 really loves her room view so so much 😍 😍, definitely exciting wake ups every morning 🔅🔆 during her stay

Hmm…She 👩🏻 wasn’t really pleased 😌 with its overly cold air-conditioned ❄️💨☃️ stay in its Superior room (24 sqm), even though she hid in the blanket, even until almost covered her head 👩🏻 during her sleepsss 😴💤

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The room with a flat-screen cable TV 📺 , a fridge & an en suite bathroom 🚽 🛁🚿 with free 🆓 toiletries provided 😊

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Ohh….The water heater 🚿💦💧not really working for her room during her 1⃣st night 🌃🌌 stay, she nearly caught a cool 😪 from her night cold shower ❄️💨☃️🚿💦💧 though. However, after informed the hotel reception💁🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♀️, the water heater 🚿💦💧slightly warmer then

Free 🆓 wifi 📶 available during her stay, really convenience for her to catch up her works 👩🏻‍💻📝 before/ after the forum at night 🌃🌌, as well as early morning 🔅🔆

It offers a laundry 👕👚 service, in-room dining 🍽/ room service, karaoke ğŸŽ¤ ğŸŽ¼, massage 💆🏻‍♀️💆🏻‍♂️ services etc.

Breakfast 🍳🥪☕ is provided for all its hotel guests 👭👬👫, starts 6am daily🔅🔆

You may opt to dine 🍽️🍴 either inside / outside its restaurant to enjoy the beautiful peaceful 😍 Mekong river view 💦💧during breakfast 🍳🥪☕

She loves the local cooking style omelette 🍳 served at breakfast, she made her own egg sandwiches 🥪😋

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Guess what❓⁉️

During her 1⃣st night stay 🌃🌌 here, she had an awesome 😋 Thai cuisine dinner 🍽️🍴at its View Khong restaurant with her new friends met for MTF2018 👭👬

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Hmm…A great meal 🍽️🍴😋 paired with Thai beer 🍻🍺 & great accompany for the night, cheers‼

There was a beer promotion with 3️⃣️ big bottles 🍻🍺of THB250 during her dining

It’s a comfy dining ambiance, as well as to enjoy the nice winds 🌬️🌊 from the Mekong river while dining 🍽️🍴

Hmm…What were the dishes ordered❓⁉️

According to her personal dining 🍽️🍴preference, anyway she loved & enjoyed them all😋

  • ✅ Deep fried whisker sheatfish 🐟 with garlic, must dip with its homemade spicy 🌶️ sauce, yummy‼😋
  • ✅ Deep fried minced pork 🐖🐷🐽with spicy 🌶️, very crispy yummy‼😋 Definitely a good pair with beer 🍻🍺
  • ✅ Pancake with oysters, eggs🥚& vegetables 🥗 served in hot plate
  • ✅ Hot spicy 🌶️ & sour clear fresh fish 🐟 soup 🍲 with chilies 🌶️ , mushrooms 🍄, lemongrass & lime juice 🍋

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Website🌐: http://fortunehotelgroup.com/index.php?route=page_home

FB: https://www.facebook.com/fortuneviewkhong

Ohh…She really missed her beautiful Mekong riverside walking🚶🏻‍♀️of the early morningsss 🔆🔅 during her stay 😄 Hmm…Lazy to walk🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️❓⁉ You may hire a bicycle 🚲 (with a minimal rent )from the hotel for a ride around the town

Do remember to enjoy some fresh breath in the morning 🔅🔆 at the Garden of Honour ğŸž, yes ✅, definitely a refreshing morning 🔅🔆 walk🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️

A 5️⃣mins walking 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️ distance to visit the Wat Maha That ⛩ (can be visited🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️at night 🌃🌌 after dinner 🍽️🍴) & Indo-China Market 🛒🛍

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Actually plenty of temples/ wats ⛩ ⛩ available for visit by slow walking🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️along the Mekong riverside. Quite a good exercise with nice sightseeing too

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Hmm…Just that most of the temples/ wats ⛩ ⛩ are not with English signages/ tourist information, including the name of each temple/ wat. So far, from her personal visiting experiences, she noted only Wat Maha That ⛩ & Wat Okat ⛩ are available in English. The rest are all with Thai/ Laos languages only 😔 Wish all can be enhanced by adding the English information soon for the benefits of foreign tourists 👫👭👬

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You can still walk🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️further to the famous Paya Sri Satta Nakarat ⛩🐉🐲, Chinese temple, as well as the weekend night market 🛒🛍 aka street walk🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️It starts Fri to Sun, 3️⃣️pm to 9️⃣️pm

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Ohh ya…You may ride a bicycle 🚲 to reach to Thai-Laos 3rd Friendship Bridge 🌉

She has missed her chance to visit the famous Wat That Phanom, will keep it for her next Nakhon Phanom visit then

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More of attractions, food & hotel stay review 👩🏻‍💻📝 via SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s top contributor 👆🏻account 🌐https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawing

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Plastic Free

Updated 8 Aug 2022 , 10.25am

Continued 🔛 from SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ‘s earlier blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝, from her recent attendance ✅ to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018), an awesome go green 💚, paperless & plastic free conference

Bravo 👏🏻👍🏻 for the great effort‼️She has learnt much more about being plastic free 🆓, not just during travels, but daily lifestyle too

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There are plenty of unfavourable 😌 cum shocking 😱 bad news being shared relating to the plastic damages to the environmental which contributed by mostly human being 👫👭👬, yes✅, being you & herself, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 Do check out this video clip via https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/10154815712271479/

She always a go green 💚 supporter, so she is really blessed 😇 that she has attended ✅ this go green 💚 conference & learnt a lot more about being plastic free, in fact zero 0️⃣ plastic

Some of the practical tips are being shared during the conference e.g. how to being plastic free 🆓 in daily lifestyle as well as a frequent traveller too

Let’s pledge ✋🏻 together gather to reducing ⬇️ single use plastic by our own self Hmm…Why not❓⁉️

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Do check out these videos about the plastics waste & polutions via https://www.facebook.com/plasticchangeinternational/videos/411324032598423/ & https://www.facebook.com/OurPlanetbyattn/videos/217359415760163/UzpfSTExOTA3NDEzNDU6MTAyMTY2NjQ5NjUzMTUxMzU/

There are 7️⃣Rs being shared in the forum,

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Then, she has googled 🌐 & read 📖 more about being plastic free 🆓 to be a more go green 💚 & tourism responsible traveller

Guess what❓⁉️

There is a campaign happening now ~ Plastic Free 🆓 July 🗓, let’s participate✅She has been practising less ⬇️ plastic usage in her travels, now she has learnt more about zero 0️⃣ plastic…yes✅, not just being plastic free 🆓

Hmm…July will be a good start, let’s continue after ya 🤗☺ More info via https://twitter.com/PlasticFreeJuly/status/1013224174813351937

From her research 🌐 & reading 📖, lots of stuff actually all of us, yes✅, you & herself ~ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 can do to contribute go green 💚 effort together gather by reducing ⬇️ the plastic usage respectively

Yes✅, she is believing in starting something small as each individual, then greater impact will achieve collectively then

Let’s refuse by saying NO ❌ to single use plastic & work together 👭👬👫 to try something small today by refusing straws & plastic bags‼️

So, some of the go green 💚 travel tips she wishes to suggest here to reduce ⬇️ single use plastic/ paper during trips or on the go,

1️⃣. Reuse/ Refuse: Bring along a reusable bag whenever on the go especially weekend shopping & say no ❌ to plastic bag packaging from your purchases. Suggest to opt for a foldable, then it can keep in clothes pocket/ bag on the go. This definitely reduce lots of single use plastic bags especially during shoppings

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2️⃣. Reuse/ Refuse: Love 💗 coffee ☕️ / tea🍵/ juices 🥤/ smoothies🍹? Bring your own reusable cup. This definitely reduce ⬇️ lots of single use paper cups & plastic cover lids (hot ♨️ drinks) / plastic cups (cold🥤drinks)

3️⃣. Reuse/ Rethink: To avoid dehydration during on the go/ travels? Do bring a reusable bottle/ flask whenever travelling, this definitely reduce ⬇️ your chance to buy bottle mineral water, can beverage, packet beverage etc.

4️⃣. Refuse/ Rethink/ Respect: Suggesting to conference/ forum not to use cover plastic badges

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Just a cardboard name tag is good 👍🏻 ~ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ‘s media tag from Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 attendance recently

5️⃣. Refuse/ Rethink/ Respect: Request for water 💦💧 to be served in glass bottle & cups from hotel 🏢/ hostel🏘/ guest house🏡 By requesting, you actually have sharing an alternative ways to them to reduce ⬇️ single use plastics. Or why not boil your own drinking water with the kettle provided in the hotel room?

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Amazing great effort!! Bravo to https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-borneo-post-sabah/20180210/281676845368494 & http://www.shangri-la.com/penang/rasasayangresort/press-room/press-releases/shangri-las-rasa-sayang-resort-and-spa-penang-unveils-bottling-plant/

6️⃣. Refuse: Say NO ❌ to straw when being serving with beverages in any stalls, shops, restaurants etc. You can still enjoy any beverage without straw or opted to buy a reusable straw made with bamboo / metal / pasta

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7️⃣. Reuse/ Rethink: If possible, choose to dine in 🍽🍴any stalls, shops, restaurants etc. instead of packing 🥡your meals. This will sure reduce ⬇️ single use of plastic containers, plastic folks, plastic spoons etc.

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8️⃣. Reuse/ Rethink: If really in the rush & require to pack 🥡 your meal, do bring along your reusable container, folk & spoon while packing your meals from stalls, shops, restaurants etc.

So, let’s start small as a go green 💚 & responsible individual cum traveller today to avoid landfill, reduce our eco-footprint & to protect our ocean 🌊 from anymore plastic pollution

SiennyLovesDrawing also would like to enjoy all whether travellers or Tourism Businesses/ Players to attend this free online course to learn more about Zero Plastics, read more via https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/08/08/targeting-zero-plastics-in-tourism-businesses/

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Mekong Tourism Forum 2018

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 really blessed 😇 that she was being selected ✅ & exclusively invited 📩📧💌 to join Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018) 🌏 which hosted by & in collaboration with,

  • The Thailand 🇹🇭 Ministry of Tourism & Sports
  • The Tourism Authority of Thailand 🇹🇭
  • The Provincial Government of Nakhon Phanom
  • The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)

Great thanks 🙏🏻 for trusting #siennylovesdrawing 👩🏻, really appreciate the opportunities given 😃

Domestic flight 🛫 boarding with Air Asia ❤️ from Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

Arrival at airport with warm welcome by MTF2018

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Then, checked-in to hotel 🏢 , it’s Fortune View Khong Hotel & with a lovely 😍 room view to Mekong river 💦💧

More of her recent Nakhon Phanom’s attractions, food & hotel stay review 👩🏻‍💻📝 via SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s top contributor 👆🏻account with  🌐 https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawing

Website🌐: http://fortunehotelgroup.com/index.php?route=page_home

FB: https://www.facebook.com/fortuneviewkhong

The 6️⃣ member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) i.e. Cambodia 🇰🇭 , China 🇨🇳 (Yunnan Province & Guangxi Autonomous Region), Laos 🇱🇦 , Myanmar 🇲🇲 , Thailand 🇹🇭 & Vietnam 🇻🇳

All have banded together 🤝 to jointly promote sub-regional tourism product development, market the GMS as a single travel destination & stage the annual MTF 😁👏🏻

3️⃣ main objectives to achieve via MTF 2018,

  • To raise ⬆️ the profile of the GMS as a single tourist destination📍
  • To provide an industry-wide platform for the public & private sectors to address sub-regional tourism issues 👍🏻
  • To expand marketing networks 🌐 & opportunities for promoting the GMS & pool collective resources to create intra-industry synergies 🤝

MTF 🌏 is an annual event for the travel industry professionals dedicated to putting the GMS on the global 🌍 travel map 🗺

MTF2018 🌏 was held from 26 June to 29 June 2018 at Nakhon Phanom province of Thailand 🇹🇭 Very green beautiful 💚😍 landscapes ğŸžğŸ—¾captured from flight ✈️🛩 Love much 💗💚

It’s situated at the Mekong River 💦💧, bordering to Lao PDR 🇱🇦, the city in North Eastern Thailand boosts Thai 🇹🇭, Lao 🇱🇦 & Vietnamese 🇻🇳 cultural influences, an important Buddhist sites, as well as modern infrastructure, convenient road 🚗🚕🚌🚐 & air 🛫 connectivity

MTF 2018 🌏 ’s theme is ~ “Transforming Travel, Transforming Lives” ~ inspired by Jeremy Smith🙋🏼‍♂️, editor of Travindy & author of the recent book 📒 “Transforming Travel” It aligns with the travelers 👫👭👬 today are seeking a more transformative & soul-enriching experiences

Of course tourism can be an important catalyst in changing the people’s lives for the better through the mutual understanding & acting more responsibly ✌🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Guess what❓⁉️

MTF 2018 🌏 with awesome Go Green 💚 ideas ~ it’s a plastic free 🆓 forum‼️

Upon registration 📝, she received her media badge 🔖 which made with cardboard (without the usual plastic card case) & a handmade lanyard by the local people from the villages. Ohh my…Really touching her heart 💗, it’s so beautifully 😍 handmade. Superb love ❤️ it‼️

So far, this is the most beautiful 😍 & meaningful ♻️💚 media tag 🔖 ever received by SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻

She has received from MTF 2018 🌏, 1️⃣ bamboo ğŸŽ‹ straw which made by Bamboo Lao ğŸŽ‹ğŸ‡±ğŸ‡¦ with aim to reduce ⬇️ the use of plastic straws during this forum 🌏

Of course to reduce ⬇️ plastic bags, MTF 2018 🌏 has distributed a traditional bag 💼 produced by the villages, this bag 💼 has became her handy travel companion to carry her ipad mini, phone 📱 , refillable bottle 💦💧etc. from this forum onwards 😃 Don’t you think it’s a lovely 😍 accessories to her #OOTD❓⁉️🤗

Hmm…A designed limited edition refillable water 💦💧 bottle (2️⃣nd year as she was told) to raise ⬆️ awareness of plastic free 🆓 for all its delegates 👭👬👫 However, all 500 bottles pending custom clearance & hence not able to distribute as supposed. So disappointed as she was so looking forward to receiving it from the forum & would love ❤️ to use it whenever she travels 🛫🚂🚌🚐🚗🚕🚊around ☺️😌 Gonna buy 1️⃣ herself to reduce single use plastics from her next travels ✌🏻😁

A mobile app 📲 designed in collaboration with ZipEvent to enhance the interactions between delegates 👫👭👬, forum programme details as well as Slido App for the delegates for interactive Q&A ❓during the forum 😊

Love ❤️ & enjoyed this paperless forum‼️😉

Bravo👏🏻 SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is a Go Green ✅♻️💚 supporter as always ✌🏻

There were 8️⃣ thematic strategy workshops hosted & all conducted in the 8️⃣ ethnic community villages around Nakhon Phanom 🇹🇭

Yeah‼️ She also got a limited-edition MTF 2018 shirt 👚from her village experience 😍 She just can’t wait to show off more of her village #OOTD 👚 in her next blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝 with you all

She really enjoyed these brilliant ideas‼️ By visiting & engaging with the local communities👭👬👫, she was able to interact with the local people as 1️⃣ of the many delegates. Vice versa the local people also able to interact with the many delegates from worldwide 🗺🌍 too

So, transforming travel transforming lives ✌🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Yeah‼️😲 She just can’t wait to share her travel journey learnt more in depth of local Thai 🇹🇭 cultures, especially gained from the MTF 2018 🌏 Thematic Village Experience, she has went for Eco Tourism at Tai Saek Village 🤩 i.e. 1️⃣ of the 8️⃣ ethic villages around Nakhon Phanom

Curious❓⁉️

Do stay tune for her next blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝 sharing about her memorable travel ğŸ›«ğŸŽ’ğŸ•¶ğŸ§¢ experiences gained❗️🤩

Ohh…MTF2019 will be held at Yunnan, let’s go😃

Website🌐: https://www.mekongtourism.org/events-2/mekong-tourism-forum/ & https://www.tourismthailand.org/About-Thailand/Destination/Nakhon-Phanom

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1215129295289734/

Updated 20.7.2018 2pm

Yeah‼ Just received the digital certificate of appreciation for SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 from this B2B trip👍🏻

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