Thailand is battling the environmental impacts of mass tourism, and is investing 13 billion to attract even more tourists

first_imgThailand has been battling the negative environmental impacts of tourism for some time. As many as 40 million tourists are expected this year, and within ten years the inflow could increase by another 25 million, reports Bloomberg. Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy plans to invest about $ 13 billion in expanding airport capacity and connecting large terminals to high-speed rail. As a result, the number of foreign tourists could jump by more than 60 percent by 2029 and equal the population of the United Kingdom, according to estimates by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC). Tourism is the lifeblood of Thailand’s economy, and visitor numbers are one of the reasons why the Thai baht is the strongest currency in Asia this year. Yet the challenges the country faces, such as floods, have long-term consequences for its environment. For example, the iconic Maya Bay beach, known for the cult film “Beach” with Leonard DiCaprio, has been permanently closed to visitors to help the ecosystem recover. Current and capacity after the expansion of Thai airports Source: Bloomberg / Photo: Pexels.com But the difference is that tourism makes up a fifth of Thailand’s economy, which is why managing the sector is a key issue for the country’s prosperity. Arrivals have moderated in recent months which is presumably a temporary occurrence due to the weakening global economy. Thailand is not the only destination facing the negative consequences of mass tourism, from damage to coral reefs, to pollution of the sea with plastic, garbage and sewage. Neighboring countries, such as the Philippines and Indonesia, face similar challenges. This would, by 2025, expand the capacity of all three facilities to 190 million passengers from the current 78 million. National airports manage many more passengers than the capacity for which they are intended. “We need to work to improve water and energy efficiency and reduce the use of plastics and recycle more”, He concluded. “The country cannot tolerate such a sudden increase in the number of touristsSaid Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Ayudhya PCL, a Thai subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. “We need to introduce a better system for managing destinations and tourists, which can help with congestion and environmental problems. Still not enough is being done.” Plans to upgrade Thai infrastructure include adding new terminals to two international airports in Bangkok, as well as expanding the one near the Pattaya resort. Officials have been trying for years to attract tourists to less visited parts of the country to ease pressure on traditional destinations such as Bangkok and the Phuket resort. But these initiatives have only partially succeeded. But traffic improvements are not enough to ensure the sustainability of tourism, said Weerasak Kowsurat, a former Thai tourism minister currently serving in the Senate.last_img read more

More scholarships given as team prepares for opener

first_imgAll the talk these days is about the football team losing scholarships.Yet, with the team at about 20 players below the scholarship minimum and with the scholarship sanctions not coming into effect until the 2011 season, coach Lane Kiffin decided to reward some players for their years of hard work.Prepping · Senior Shareece Wright, despite experiencing hip pain, plans to lead a youthful secondary when the Trojans face Hawai’i. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Senior kicker Joe Houston, junior linebacker Ross Cumming and sophomore center Abe Markowitz received scholarships to play for the Trojans this season.“It’s a dream come true,” Houston said. “This has been my goal besides winning the starting job. It’s a nice feeling knowing all my hard work has paid off.”Houston’s teammate, sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, said he couldn’t have been happier for the trio.“I’m proud of those guys. They’ve worked really hard and it’s really cool to get a chance to see them play for free,” Barkley said.—On a darker note, Kiffin confirmed that freshman running back Dillon Baxter will not travel with the team to Hawaii next week.Kiffin suspended Baxter for the first game of the season for violating team rules and hopes this will be a learning opportunity.“He’s had a good start to the semester and because it’s a Thursday game, he’d basically miss the whole week of school,” Kiffin said. “So it’s more important for him to stay here and we hope he’s learned his lesson and that this is extremely hard on him.”Kiffin did acknowledge that USC is a different team when Baxter is on the field, but thinks that Baxter’s actions were severe enough to keep him out of the first game.“There is a ‘Dillon Factor’ like you’ve heard us refer before with Reggie,” Kiffin said. “When he’s banged up or not in there, there is a difference. He does things other guys don’t exactly do. He’s very unique and we’d be running different players if he were playing this game.” —In injury news, cornerback Shareece Wright and quarterback Mitch Mustain kept it light at practice yesterday. Mustain felt a pain in his rib after throwing a ball in drills and Wright experienced some pain in his hip. Neither injury is expected to be serious; but with limited numbers, Kiffin is taking caution, especially with Wright as the secondary prepares for a high-octane-passing Hawaii offense.“We just want to make sure we manage our guys as best we can,” Kiffin said. “Our DBs have done a lot of running and as you look at our DBs preparing for this week, we have a big game plan with all the spread offense Hawaii does, so they will have to do a lot of running in the next few practices.”last_img read more

Chelsea ‘join race to sign Liverpool target’ as Abramovich wants Brazil star

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Blues endured a disappointing season, surrendering their status as Premier League champions to Manchester City, and it is all change at the club this summer.Manager Antonio Conte looks set to leave the club, with Maurizio Sarri to come in and replace him, and there will be big changes to the playing staff too. LATEST Alisson is one of the most in-demand players this summer It has been reported that Abramovich has instructed the club’s directors to go all out to land Alisson, which would likely spell the end of Thibaut Courtois’ stay at the club.Chelsea are ready to hand Alisson a five-year deal with an annual salary of around £5m, plus a signing-on fee of around £4.4m, in a bid to tempt him into the switch. LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea have joined the race to land Liverpool target Alisson, according to reports in Italy.The Roma star, who is currently with Brazil at the World Cup, is arguably the most in-demand goalkeeper in world football following his exploits in Italy last term. Latest transfer news IN DEMAND targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED TOP WORK 2 REVEALED targets moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Alisson is currently representing Brazil at the World Cup three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer It has been suggested that the Serie A club want around £80million for Alisson, who is being targeted by Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.And now, newspaper Il Romanista has claimed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to bring 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? last_img read more