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These changes in lifestyles have also been recommended for those working in the tourism sector, whether they are in government or not. "TAT must encourage industries to increase the level of ecological awareness," said Tourism and Sport Minister Weerasak Kowsurat. "This step is a reaction to current developments in the world and tourism behavior, which is now focused on the environment.
" According to the ministers, the eco-tourism initiative has the ambition to improve the state as a high-quality tourist resort. A number of TAT agencies in the provinces opted for eco-tourism a few month ago. The TAT-Büro in Loei carried out a corresponding promotion from May to June for Phu Kradueng National Parkers.
The" Phu Kradueng Go Green: Reconstruction and renovation of several hundred restrooms at tourist sites. This activity is to be expanded to tourist areas throughout the entire state. The use of disposable products such as straw, fork and spoon is high in the hospitality sector, resulting in tons of plastics left behind in important tourist areas such as Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui.
Every single mile, these locations produce tons of waste, pollute the waters, cause bad smells and spoil the landscape, said Supawan Tanomkieatipume, chairman of the Thai Hotels Association (THA). In order to keep pace with the world' s trend towards protecting the environment, the members of the hotels have begun to introduce eco-tourism policies, in particular by reducing plastics use.
"A number of them have already put radiators in their lobbies," she said. THA also intends to promote the cultivation of biological products on hotels' land. Ms Supawan said that it is important for Thai hospitals to turn verdant as the tourism industry is becoming more popular. As for the resorts that made the move, such as the Baan Talay Dao Resort in Hua Hin, the move has resulted in significant benefits for their property, with higher room prices and lower overhead.
Kinglake Ittirit, Chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand, said that they are able to cut running expenses by 7-15% per year if they are committed to the environment. Mr Ittirit said he believes that many visitors, especially from Europe and some Asiatic nations such as Japan, are now looking solely for verdant accommodation.
He said that this tendency will stimulate the economy and enhance the companies' reputation. Municipalities have also tried to change their tourist attraction with the growing popularity of this area. The Tat Ton National Park in Chaiyaphum is one of the best places for nature reserves. In addition, Ton National Park has established a sustainable ecosystem between the participating authorities and municipalities to support them.
A further place is the Tourism Netzwerk Community in the Mae Hong Son County. Also this municipally oriented tourism networking company has adopted the idea of efficiency economics. In 2015, the Department of Environment Quality Promotion of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry introduced the Green Hotel Standards to encourage green and energy-efficient hotel use.
Golden, sterling iron and bronzes are awarded to properties that meet the department's Green Hotel Standard. Across the nation there were 45 properties that received certification in 2015, 53 in 2016 and 74 in 2017. The ASEAN Tourism Standard Award was presented to 47 local tourist establishments.
Tour organisers were encouraged to improve their goods and service in order to increase competition and contribute to the development of interregional eco-tourism. They stayed an approximate of 7. 98 nights, and tourism revenues in the 10 member states were last year valued at US$ 93 billion (3. 08 trillion baht).