As Thailand prepares to reopen its borders for quarantine free travel for international visitors, the country is also looking forward to a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable future.
Main picture Hua Hin, Thailand credit Robert Eklund on Unsplash
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) and Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA) with the intention of promoting low-carbon tourism and create additional awareness on climate change.
The campaigns will be targeted on tourism businesses to help their understanding of the issues, what they can do improve their processes and the benefits of change, including attracting new customers.
“We will also apply technology and innovations to tackle climate change and work on cutting down on greenhouse gases caused by tourism by at least 50 million tonnes.”Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor TAT
TEATA is working on creating five carbon-neutral routes in Thailand: Prachinburi-Nakhon Nayok, Chiang Mai, Phuket-Phang Nga, Kanchanaburi, and Udon Thani-Nong Khai-Bueng Kan.
“The association has realised the importance of building environmental awareness among tourism personnel to enhance the country’s competency in the green economy and promote tourism among quality tourists.”Wasumon Netkitcharoen, President TEATA
Our series the Future of Travel will look at a number of factors affecting the travel and tourism industry including sustainable travel.
Tourism currently contributes 8% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“Therefore, tourism personnel should realise and participate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to protect the environment in the long term.”Kiatchai Maitriwong, Executive Director TGO
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