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

PREMIUMIndonesia conveys concerns over New Delhi riots

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? The Indonesian government has conveyed its concerns over the recent deadly riots in New Delhi, as anger mounts in the predominantly Muslim country over what local Islamic groups say is anti-Muslim violence in India. The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it had called the Indian Ambassador in Jakarta to discuss the riots that have claimed dozens of lives.   “The government of Indonesia has complete confidence that the government of India will be able to manage the situation and ensure the harmonious relations among its religious communities. Moreover, both countries share similar characteristics, as pluralistic countries that uphold democratic values and tolerance,” the ministry said. The statement came hours after the Religious Affairs Ministry uncharacteristically issued a statement condemning the sectarian “violence against Musl… Facebook Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Google India rioting citizenship-law Foreign-Ministry Indonesialast_img read more

Ghana Premier League: Kotoko silenced, Lions tamed, and Phobians win to assuage tension

first_imgHeart of Lions could not roar against Hasacas, while Accra Hearts of Oak won away at Amidaus despite a building feud in the clubAccra Hearts of Oak closed the gap on Asante Kotoko after beating Amidaus Professionals 1-0 at the Tema Park. Owusu Bempah got the lone goal for the Phobians in the 2nd minute. Hearts have been “on fire” since Friday after coach David Duncan was sacked. But they put the fracas behind them to ensure they left Tema unscathed.AshGold also applied the brakes on Asante Kotoko after posting a 2-0 victory at the Len Clay Stadium. The win left the top three teams clustered at the summit. Kotoko have 24 points, Hearts have 23, while Ashgold have 22.Heart of Lions surprisingly lost to struggling Sekondi Hasacas after tasting a 1-0 a defeat at the Kpando Park.Berekum Chelsea posted a 1-0 victory against Bechem United to stand tall in the derby match at the Golden City Park.Sulley Mohammed increased his tally to five goals after netting the second goal in King Faisal’s 3-0 win over New Edubaise United at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi. Bottom placed Inter Allies stunned Liberty Professionals at the Accra Sports Stadium after Herbert Addo’s boys managed to record a 1-0 win.Wa All Stars recovered from their poor outings to beat Ebusua Dwarfs 1-0 at their own backyard.Medema Sc worsened the woes of Aduana Stars by pushing them to the relegation zone with a 1-0 triumph on Saturday.The league returns on Wednesday with the week 12 fixtures at eight centers.last_img read more