Southern tour operators interested in offering sustainable tourism to beach lovers

 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 


Southern tour operators are interested in offering sustainable tourism to beach lovers in keeping with global trends and for preserving local resources.


Sustainable tourism combined with community-based tourism (CBT) could be a cure for overcrowded beaches and help local stakeholders enjoy tourism’s benefits while keeping natural resources less disturbed, said Thamrong Chomphusri, director of Andaman Discoveries.


“Quality tourists are opting for sustainable travel and authentic experiences,” Chomphusri said. “The stronger baht might shorten the length of stay, but reviving the image of southern beaches will attract healthier income for communities in the long run.”


After the tsunami in 2004, Andaman Discoveries offered CBT packages to 14 communities in Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Phangnga and Ranong provinces, with more than 50% of income returned to villagers.


Ban Talae Nok in Ranong and a Moken tour in the Surin Islands of Phangnga are the most popular packages for cultural learning.


Beach conservation activities would be arranged at Tarutao National Marine Park before it is temporarily closed from May 16 to Oct 14 for rehabilitation.


Don Limnunthaphisit, the president of the Phuket Old Town tourism community said that concrete plans are needed and would include all stakeholders in the supply chain, from upstream to downstream, for increasing capability of local communities to attract more tourists from the beach to villages.


In order to achieve that, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) should invite inbound agents, look for high spenders like cruise tours, to study local activities, increasing the likelihood that they will be featured in tourism brochures reinforcing their marketability, Mr. Don said.


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