The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands with PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and the Ecoalf Foundation in launching the “Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand” initiative. This makes Thailand the first country in Asia to join the global ocean clean-up effort to help rid of debris from the kingdom’s seas and coastal areas, especially in popular tourist areas on the east coast, in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Tourism is one of Thailand’s top revenue earners, but Thailand ranks 35th in the world in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness by the World Economic Forum. This, in part, shows the imbalance in tourism development and management, as some Thai tourist attractions are facing detrimental effects from tourism as well as negative environment impacts.
“I am confident that this “Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand” initiative will not only help clean up our lovely seas, islands and coastal areas of plastic debris, but its creative methods will also address our aims at moving Thailand’s tourism industry towards being more sustainable and ensuring our country becomes a regional role model for green tourism,” Mr. Yuthasak added.
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