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Sustainable Tourism in Thailand

Mass tourism has been entrenched in Thailand for more than three decades. With over 10 million visitors a year, their presence in the country has taken its toll on the environment in a number of ways, particularly in and near the country’s national parks, offshore islands and fragile coral reef systems. Air and water pollution, improper trash disposal, and lack of proper sewage treatment facilities have all taken their toll, not to mention the social impact on the country’s minority population.

Workers involved in the tourism industry are increasingly voicing their concerns about the situation to prevent further damage to the environment.

More information about sustainable tourism initiatives at Mekong Tourism’s website, where a downloadable document ‘Responsible Tourism Guide to the Mekong’ can be downloaded: www.mekongtourism.org/

Economically
The strong growth of the tourism industry has provided the country with a steady annual income in the billions of US dollars. However, the increasingly competitive market has meant that profit margins have shrunk, in particular the crowded hotel industry centers of Bangkok and Phuket. Room rates in these locations are much lower than

Socio-culturally
The Thai tourism industry has expanded to all corners of the kingdom, encompassing tropical islands, jungles, and urban centers. The most fragile part of the country is the north, where ethnic minorities have become an attraction for trekkers. Much damage has been done not only to their culture and to the surrounding environment where trees have been felled to feed the demand for construction materials.

Food and Agriculture Organization (Fao.org/United Nations)
This report, assembled by FAO.org, highlights the efforts to protect the environment in the Thai hill tribe regions, including reforestation and watershed management: www.fao.org/forestry/media/11712/1/0/

ICT Project
The ICT Project aims to give the youth of hill tribe villages access to information technology to better their lives
www.stockholmchallenge.se/data/2118

World Rainforest Movement
An organization aimed at protecting people’s rights surrounding forestry and wood harvesting. www.wrm.org.uy/bulletin/22/Thailand.html

This article is quoted from the Tourism ROI Newsletter published on 2009-07.28.
This article is quoted from the newsletter TourismROI Alert from Tourism ROI originally published on 2009-07-28

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