Thailand’s famous hospitality lends a helping hand for koalas in Australia

Thai Ambassador H.E. Busadee Santipitaks (centre), TAT Sydney and a large group of enthusiastic volunteers join to build relationships and share sustainable practices that better the lives of indigenous wildlife across the globe.

Minor Hotels recently joined hands with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Royal Thai Embassy and the Koala Clancy Foundation in planting 1000 trees to help restore vital koala habitats in regional Australia.

The event, in conjunction with National Tree Day, comprised of members of the Royal Thai Embassy, including Thailand’s Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Busadee Santipitaks, TAT Sydney and a large group of enthusiastic volunteers.

“It is wonderful to see how passionate and dedicated the Koala Clancy Foundation has been to protect and create a habitat for koalas,” said Ambassador Busadee Santipitaks. “The event resonates with Thailand’s continuing efforts to help restore elephant rainforest habitat in Thailand. Furthermore, the latest effort to offset carbon emissions is the Bangkok governor’s campaign to plant one million trees in Bangkok during the next four years.”

TAT Director Suladda Sarutilavan expanded on Thailand’s sustainability goals, explaining the Kingdom’s Bio-Circular-Green economy model, and what that means for the future of tourism in Thailand, with initiatives to support the development of more sustainable hotels, conscious dining, and community-based tourism.  TAT recently launched the 7 Greens campaign: Green Heart, Green Logistics, Green Attraction, Green Activity, Green Community, Green Service, Green Plus which encourages resorts and tourism operators to adopt, step by step, more sustainable strategies for the future.

Minor Hotels together with Tourism Authority of Thailand, Royal Thai Embassy, Australia and the Koala Clancy Foundation planted 1000 trees to help restore and protect vital koala habitats in regional Australia.

Funding for the planting came from a City of Greater Geelong Environmental Sustainability Grant and the TAT in 2021 and from the TAT in collaboration with Minor Hotels in 2022. Minor Hotels has long embraced sustainable pioneering efforts in Thailand to better the lives of captive elephants through Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. The company’s Group Director of Sustainability concluded: “It’s fantastic to see Thailand’s famous hospitality crossing international borders, not only to continue to build relationships but to also share sustainable practices that better the lives of indigenous wildlife across the globe.”

About Koala Clancy Foundation
Koala Clancy Foundation is a not-for-profit incorporated association and registered charity that supports the wild koalas of the Western Plains of Victoria, particularly around the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges, west of Melbourne.
The organisation has planted 77,000 koala trees since 2016, and removed 2.8 million invasive weeds from koala habitat.

About Minor Hotels:
Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with more than 520 hotels in operation. Minor Hotels passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs.

Through our Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, M Collection, NH Collection, NH, nhow, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International properties, Minor Hotels operates in 56 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, South America and North America.

With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world.