By Phuket Gazette
Phi Phi Islands is the most profitable national park in the nation for 2 years in a row.
Had Nopparat Thara – Phi Phi Island National Park has officially reached the highest income among the national parks across the country this year with 669 million Baht.
The statistic were revealed by the Department of Nature, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) yesterday (October 9), when they released the profit generated by all 147 national parks across the nation from October 2016 – 2017; a new record of 2.4 billion Baht for Thailand’s national parks.
The second most profitable park after Had Nopparat Thara – Phi Phi Island National Park is still a marine national park – Ao Phang Nga National Park which made 390 million Baht, followed by Mo Ko Similan National Park, which has made 307 million Baht.
Last year, from October 2015 to October 2016, the overall income was 1.8 billion Baht which was already almost 1 billion Baht higher that the previous year, with the top 3 income earners remaining the same, each with higher incomes year on year: Had Nopparat Thara – Phi Phi Island National Park made 502 million Baht, Ao Phang Nga National Park made 336 million Baht and Mu Ko Similan National Park made 185 million Baht. The overall income from last year was 1.82 billion Baht and the previous year was 896 million Baht.
“The profit we have earned from the national parks will be spent on their development to reach the international standards, following the government policy of reaching for world standards at all our national parks. Part of this income will also be invested in the local communities. We are not proud of the amount of money the national parks have made – there is price to pay and that is the natural environment that we have to restore. Every national park will get the budget to develop their own place,” said Songtham Suksawang, Director of National Parks Division.