World Health Organization honours Dusit Thani Pattaya during World No-Tobacco Day 2011

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Dusit Thani Pattaya has added another achievement to its long list of laurels when the resort’s general manager, Chatchawal Supachayanont accepted an award from the World Health Organization (WHO) during a ceremony to mark World No-Tobacco Day 2011.

The event, held May 31 at the Lifestyle Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, was presided over by HRH Princess Soamsawalee. This year’s theme was “The WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control”.

Chatchawal Supachayanont (3rd right), general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya holds up the award from the WHO. He is joined by the Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation, Prof. Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit (2nd left) and his family. Two of the awardees Koong Suthirach (right) and Poy Pornwara (2nd right), both from the entertainment industry are also seen in the picture after the conclusion of the World No-Tobacco Day 2011 celebration held in Bangkok. Chatchawal Supachayanont (3rd right), general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya holds up the award from the WHO. He is joined by the Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation, Prof. Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit (2nd left) and his family. Two of the awardees Koong Suthirach (right) and Poy Pornwara (2nd right), both from the entertainment industry are also seen in the picture after the conclusion of the World No-Tobacco Day 2011 celebration held in Bangkok.

Dusit Thani Pattaya was among the more than 30 awardees from all across Thailand whose efforts of continuously giving their staunch support towards policies aimed at reducing tobacco consumption were recognized by the WHO. The recipients came from different industries and agencies with the Ministry of Public Health accepting the World No Tobacco Day 2011 award.

In his comments, Chatchawal stressed the importance of recognizing the health risks associated with tobacco use thereby promoting better health to its guests staying at the hotel. He emphasized that the resort would continue its strict implementation of allocating more than 75% of its total room inventory as smoke-free accommodation in accordance with its commitment to the Green Leaf Foundation of Thailand to support control on tobacco consumption. Global figures indicate that tobacco use is the second cause of death (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

Last year, the Green Leaf Foundation presented the hotel the Health Promotion Smoke-Free Hotel plaque for its anti-smoking initiatives aimed at protecting public health. The management considers their most recent internationally-acclaimed award as truly an honor since Dusit Thani Pattaya was the only hotel in the entire Kingdom to have been bestowed the recognition.