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Coh Samui, Coh Pha-ngan for new prohibitions
Thailand's Thai authorities are taking dramatic action against the growing harm done to the environment by tourism on three of Thailand's favourite isles in the south. From July, the federal goverment will prohibit angling, feed, anchoring near the reef, building on the beaches and hiking on the bottom of the island, said Jatuporn Burutphat, head of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
Archipelago are Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan. Thailand's thriving tourism sector, which represents up to 20 percent of the GDP, records a steady annual increase in tourist numbers. In 2018, the Ministry of Tourism and Sport expects 37.5 million visitors to Thailand, compared to 35.3 million last year.
In Thailand, touristic shores of Thailand, often frequented by UK tourists, are confronted with a number of prohibitions to protect the island from the impact of tourism over the years. In 2017, the rise in the number of 35.3 million has done great harm to the island with increasing tourism.
Samui, Tao and Phangan, where the famed Full Monkeys Party takes place and over a million visitors can be seen, will be affected by the outlaws. New legislation will come into force in July, one of the most busy tourist months on the world. This will certainly have an impact on the boating trips that are offered between the isles and that periodically interfere with marine activity.
A further recent prohibition was tobacco, including 24 strands after the number of found stubs was considered further harm.
Thailand ministers blame China's travel agents for shipping catastrophe
On Thursday the Phoenix sank off the Phuket Islands on Thursday with 101 passengers, 89 of them Chinese and 12 members of the team. With fatalities likely to exceed 50, it is the most serious tourism catastrophe in Thailand in years and underlines long-standing concern about the security of the sector.
Now that the wet spell is beginning in the south of Thailand, especially on the western shore, it can cause violent storms and high waves, and the question has been asked why the vessel has sailed despite warning of adverse meteorological conditions. The Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan accused the China travel agencies of not having complied with Thailand's security regulations.
"A number of Chinamen use Thai nominee to get incoming Chineses& they didn't pay attention to the warnings....why this was. On Saturday, the China Department of Culture and Tourism published an emergency newsletter highlighting the importance of investigating on-line tourism businesses when making international bookings. According to the Department, many of those aboard the Phoenix have made their own bookings through onliners.
A while ago, the police said the ship carried 105 passengers. "11 persons are still reported unaccounted for officially," said the Province Chief of Staff of Phuket, Noraphat Plodthong, at a press briefing. Thailand's Department of Tourism said there would be 1 million Bahts ($30,202) in reimbursement for each victim's families. In Southeast Asia's second biggest country, tourism represents around 12 per cent of the country's GDP, making it one of the most important driving forces behind economic upturn.
China's State Department spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Monday that China had asked the Thai authorities to extend bailout efforts, defend the lives of China's people and fully examine the cause of the accid. China's tourist figures represented almost a third of last year's 35 million people. However, despite recent crashes, riots and even bombings, the tourism industry seems to have been impervious to poor news coverage, which earned it the epithet "Teflon Thailand".
Twenty lives were lost in August 2015 in a bomb raid on a sanctuary in Bangkok, the most serious of its kind on Thailand's soils. The number of incoming Chinaans declined slightly after the assault, but soon began to recover.