Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc unveils first bamboo straw farm in Vietnam

Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc unveils first bamboo straw farm in Vietnam

The Saigon Times Daily

The resort’s general manager Marko Janssen waters a bamboo bush on the farm – PHOTO: COURTESY OF RADISSON BLU RESORT PHU QUOC

HCMC – The Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc has begun growing bamboos on a new farm on its beachfront grounds, becoming the first international hotel in Vietnam to use straws made from bamboos grown on its own farm in a bid to protect the environment.

As part of the resort’s “Blu Goes Green” campaign, the resort’s general manager Marko Janssen turned the first soil on the farm that joins a host of eco-friendly initiatives rolled out by the property, ranging from the introduction of a fleet of electric vehicles to a program that recycles used hotel soaps into fresh soaps distributed to local communities.

“We’ve said no to plastic straws since day one when we opened in August 2018,” said Janssen. “We appreciate Phu Quoc is a sensitive environment and to go above and beyond using only locally-made bamboo straws, we’ll be the first international resort to have our own bamboo straw farm from which to harvest our very own straws.”

The resort is joining forces with local company Bamboo Step, which has years of expertise in growing and making bamboo straws, to create the farm. In turn, the farm will become large enough to cover the resort's need for straws.

Guests staying at the resort will be invited to learn about bamboo production and how the straws are handcrafted.

Located along Bai Dai Beach in the northwestern coast of Phu Quoc, about five kilometers from Phu Quoc International Airport, the Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc is a fully integrated resort complex offering guests a choice of 514 rooms, suites and beachfront villas, ranging from 43 to 635 square meters, all featuring a contemporary design, private balconies or terraces and cutting-edge technology.