Green Thailand: sustainable initiatives in the tourism industry

Green Thailand: sustainable initiatives in the tourism industry
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We have already reported several times in our recent blog posts about green and social tourism offers and sustainable regions in Thailand. Some of these small tour operators or destinations were awarded for their sustainable approach: for example, the organization HiveSters with its APPEAR project, travelers experience the original town quarters of Bangkok or the Moken municipality of Tung Dap where guests collect authentic experiences including homestay! Moreover, this year the Krabi region was honored as “Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot”!

 

HivSters Tour
A tour with HiveSters leaves you with unique memories! © HiveSters

 

Perfectly green

Within the event the 17 goals of the United Nations for a sustainable development (SDGs) the Krabi region was awarded by the worldwide Forum on Human Settlements as „Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot“. The award requires a sustainable development within the whole region, in particular in respect to technology: besides, above all energy saving measures for the reduction of greenhouse gases stand in the foreground. Krabi takes pleasure to more and more visitors causing, however, also negative impacts. For sure you know the world-famous Maya Bay, originating from the film “The Beach”? The famous scenery is located in Krabi and was already often closed for visitors. This year it is closed for an indefinite time, so nature can recover from the strain of the tourists. Apparently successfully, because sharks were sighted in the bay what points to the fact that the eco system slowly regenerates. However, in spite of the rising tourist figures and popularity of the region in the Southeast of the country, sustainability plays an important role.

 

Krabi Ao Nang Thailand
Impressive and unique: nature in Krabi, lieg here at Ao Nang © TAT

 

Unique Scenery

The Scenic Spots with low CO2 load are a milestone of a sustainable tourism industry, which counteracts against the greenhouse gas emissions to reduce those in the long term. Particularly the travel business industry causes by flights and other means of transportation increasing greenhouse gas emissions. By the preservation and protection of natural regions, CO2 can be bound. The Scenic Spots are characterized by their unique landscape as well as a healthy ecosystem – what we can absolutely confirm regarding Krabi! On about 4,700 km2 the landscape is marked by the weather: The typical limestone rocks were formed by waves and weather alike to impressive formations, caves, grottos, bays and phantastic beaches. We are sure you have already heard of Koh Phi Phi, Ao Nang or Railay Beach, which you find all nearby. Krabi is known as the most spectacular province in Thailand, which also explains the numerous visitors there.

 

Phuket
A clean, paradisiacal beach in Phuket, Thailand © TAT

 

“Leave nothing but footprints, take only good memories”

Since August 2018, 154 Thai National Parks banned all disposable plastic products. The whole is flanked by a campaign to animate the tourists to think about the impact of plastic and to behave more environmental-conscious and use products that are meant to be used several times.  A sign on the beach of Ko Mae Ko at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park sticks out with a picture showing products and the time it takes to decay.  The sublime aim is to reduce three million parts of plastic. Since 2018 on 24 popular beaches, smoking is prohibited which already led to a considerable reduction of cigarette stumps on the beach.

 

strand clean up
“Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand” in Phuket © TAT

 

“Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand”

We reported already last year about this initiative: it was brought to life by the Ecoalf foundation, PTT Worldwide to Chemical (PTTGC) and the Thai Tourism Authority in 2017. The aim is the reduction and disposal of garbage on Thailand ‘s coasts. The plastic garbage is collected and processed into fabrics, pellets and more. While some projects directly focus on the production and use of disposable products, the existing problem is combated at the same time by initiatives like “Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand”. In the meantime the Ministry of Sea and Coastal Resources has published a plan which contains a disposal of garbage in the sea about 50% until 2027.

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7 thoughts on “Green Thailand: sustainable initiatives in the tourism industry”

  • This is such an important trend- preventing tourists from bringing in the primary sources of plastic pollution, educating them on why this is important so they can hopefully take a new awareness home with them, and collecting the plastic waste that is already polluting the environment and upcycling it into new usable products. I hope other tourism industries take note and work to replicate these programs.

    • We hope so, too! In the end we are all happy if the places we visit still look beautiful and are without trash.

    • Yes, we hope so, too! Especially informing and educating the visitors is a very important part when tourism plays such a big role for the economy and society of a country!

    • Yes, we think so, too! Fortunately the topic becomes more and more important, but still we could be so much faster with these kinds of changes!

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