Awarding & Showcasing Best Practices in Waste Reduction in the Thai Travel and Tourism Industry

Food Waste-Free Champion

Best practice: Sivatel Bangkok Hotel started its food waste reduction initiatives in 2017. First, the hotel began collaborating with local farms to source organic, fresh ingredients and sourcing more frequently to reduce spoilage. Sivatel also created a rooftop garden, where food waste is used as a fertiliser, and implemented a Zero Food Waste Cooking Policy, to maximise the use of all ingredients, such as using bones for making soups and broths. More recently, Sivatel's team started working with black soldier fly worms, extremely efficient and low-impact decomposers of organic waste.

Alisara Sivayathorn
CEO, Sivatel Bangkok Hotel

Plastic Waste-Free Champion

Best practice: Seeing the amount of single-use plastics in their operations and the growing negative impact of these materials on the environment, in 2018, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort established a Green Team Committee to develop a zero-plastic strategy. The strategy has led to many impressive results, including the elimination of all single-use plastic straws, stirrers, take-out boxes, toothbrushes, razors, combs and packaging; the replacement of plastic water bottles with refilling stations, glass bottles and reusable cups; and the reduction of plastic waste also in their supply chain.

Kanokwan Homcha-aim
Cluster Naturalist, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

PATA and the EU SWITCH ASIA Tourlink Project are committed to increasing the sustainability of the Thai tourism value chain. Having published the Food and Plastic Waste Reduction Standards and successfully completed the in-person workshops for businesses in Phuket and Chiang Mai in 2022, PATA is now actively seeking best practices on food and plastic waste reduction in the Thai tourism industry.

Who can join?

If you are a tourism business based in Thailand

If you have an inspiring, effective initiative or strategy to reduce food or plastic waste with positive results

Accommodation providers


Tour operators

Transportation providers

Activity providers


The Thai Tourism businesses with the most relevant, impactful and interesting best practice on food and plastic waste reduction will be invited to the PATA Travel Mart 2023 in October, with costs covered, to present their best practice at the PTM Forum where they will also receive the award.

Benefits of Participating:

Why participate?

Recognition of your efforts

Promotion and visibility


Key dates:

Call for Entries:

Submission Deadline:

August 2, 2023

Winner Announcement: 

Mid September

September 8, 2023

Awards Ceremony:

October 5, 2023

Award Categories

The judging committee will select one winner for a food waste reduction best practice and one winner for a plastic waste reduction best practice. Each business can apply for one or both categories.

Food Waste Reduction

Plastic Waste Reduction


PATA Waste Free Champion 2023 is proudly supported by: