Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched an initiative with stakeholders to cut down tourism-related waste by “up to 50 per cent” by 2020.
It will roll out publicity campaigns for responsible tourism along with public and private sector partners including the Expedia Group, Tourism Council of Thailand, Thai Hotels Association, the Chao Phraya River tourism-related businesses including ICONSIAM, Nonthaburi Municipality, Siam Piwat Retail and Development Company, and local communities in Bangkok.
The collaboration and follow-up initiatives will encourage both tourists and businesses to address waste problems arising out of tourism in key travel destinations.
Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said: “This collaboration is set to serve as a catalyst within Thailand’s travel and tourism sectors. These activities will instil a sense of environmental consciousness as well as encourage tourists to travel responsibly.
“TAT will take a lead role in providing support and recommendations on how to reduce waste and single-use plastics. We will encourage consumption of reusable or sustainable items; such as, plant-based drinking straws instead of plastic straws. Cotton bags instead of plastic bags, water tumblers instead of plastic bottles, reusable food utensils instead of single-use plastic or foam items.”
The initiative will kick off in Bangkok before expanding into secondary tourist destinations around the country.
TAT will also continue to highlight its commitment to Thailand’s marine environment and ocean conservation, as well as the rescue of imperilled marine animals that are most at risk from plastic.