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TAT signs pact to make Thai tourism sector more environmentally friendly


In a bid to prepare for the world opening up after Covid-19 has been defeated, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two agencies to promote low-carbon tourism and build awareness on climate change.

TAT signed the MoU with Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) and Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA) in a ceremony broadcast on the 7 Greens Facebook page on Monday.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the aim is to build awareness among tourism operators to ensure the tourism industry can run in line with the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic development model.

"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,” he said.

TGO executive director Kiatchai Maitriwong said tourism activities contributed 8 per cent 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 said.

TEATA president Wasumon Netkitcharoen said the association is in the process of creating five carbon-neutral routes: 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 said.

 

Visit www.tourismthailand.org/7greens or TGO’s Facebook page or call TAT at 1672 to learn more about low-carbon tourism.

Published : June 15, 2021

By : The Nation