MARRIOTT TEAMED UP WITH LIVING WATERS PHUKET ON AN EMERGENCY FOOD AID PROGRAM IN THE SOUTH OF THAILAND
Phuket, Thailand, 21 April 2022 – The Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of hotels and resorts in Phuket, Phang Nga, and Surat Thani in collaboration with Phuket Hotels Association (PHA) and Living Waters Phuket (LWP), a registered charitable foundation, to support an emergency food relief program. The collaboration will kick off with a donation of 1,600 Life Bags for communities in Thailand’s southern provinces.
Demand for short-term emergency food aid is at an all-time high due to the pandemic and thousands of people are required to live in community quarantine for extended periods of time. Living Waters Phuket has been helping local communities through The Life Bag Project for almost two years.
“When we learned about the amazing project that Living Waters Phuket has been running and how much our local communities need immediate attention, we wanted to offer our support right away,” said Mr. Brad Edman, Multi-Property Vice President Phuket and General Manager at Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. “Marriot hotels and resorts in Phuket have always supported the communities in which we operate, especially during the pandemic. Our collaboration with LWP will help to further support communities in need.”
All 16 Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts in Phuket, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui worked with Living Waters Phuket to organize two Life Bag Project events: one in Koh Samui April 2-5, 2022 and one in Phuket April 19-20, 2022. 1,600 Life Bags have been distributed with the goal of helping over 6,400 people in desperate need. According to Living Waters Phuket, one Life Bag can feed a family of four people for up to four days.
“Serving our world is one of Marriott’s core values and giving back to the communities where we operate is one of our main commitments. Business Council, General Managers, and NextGen team of associates work together closely to support local communities through various activities and initiatives. Phuket has been a major focus for us during the pandemic. We are very happy that we’re now able to extend our support to Phang Nga and Koh Samui in Surat Thani through our collaboration with Phuket Hotels Association and Living Waters Phuket.” said Mr. Daryn Hudson, Co-Chairman Thailand Marriott Business Council and General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort.
Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of hotels and resorts taking part in this initiative include Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Merlin Beach, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Nai Yang Beach, The Naka Island Resort & Spa, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort, Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Le Meridien Khao Lak Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui, W Koh Samui, Vana Belle a Luxury Collection Resort Koh Samui, Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, and Sheraton Samui Resort.
About Living Waters Phuket
The Living Waters Phuket (LWP) Foundation was set up in November 2021 to build brighter futures for communities in need in Phuket and across Thailand. It essentially helps to raise awareness of critical project and provides funding around essential relief areas including emergency food supplies, education requirements, renewable energy and sustainable environmental solutions. To learn more about Living Waters Phuket (LWP) Foundation, visit www.livingwatersphuket.com
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