With environmental issues becoming increasingly important in Thailand’s tourism development, a Thai-German partnership programme is supporting the country’s bid to make the Koh Chang Marine Park an eco-friendly tourism destination. To be presented at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stand at the ITB travel fair in Berlin next week, the new Thai-German Climate Protection Programme will be dedicated to the eco-friendly promotion of the group of islands, located in eastern Thailand.
The 2,480 square kilometre archipelago covers three main islands namely – Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Maak – along with 49 smaller islands.
Mr Franz Ellermann, Programme Director of Thai-German Climate Protection Programme, said; “We want to make climate friendly tourism a selling advantage. Due to an increasing demand of green tourism destinations in the German market, ITB Berlin is a good opportunity for Koh Chang to introduce itself as a green tourism destination on the world tourist map and promote itself and eco package tours in the global market. The islands of Chang have implemented several measures to become a more climate friendly destination such as on energy and resource efficiency, community-based solid waste management, or organic production. Very important are also carbon calculation and management tools, special trainings e.g. for tour operators, as well as green labeling and certification issues in order to ensure the standard.”
On Wednesday 9 March, a ‘Roof Lounge Talk’ on low carbon and green tourism in Thailand will be organized at the Thailand Pavilion where the TAT, Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) as well as tour operators will have an informal discussion on Thailand’s challenge and efforts to become competitive in the green and climate-friendly tourism market.
On Saturday, 12 March a “Saturday Noon Session in the Culture Lounge” will be held in Hall 10.2 (Culture Convention Lounge) with the topic: “The Gulf of Thailand: Climate friendly! The islands of Koh Chang: Destination Development under Climate Change. Thai-German Cooperation in the framework of the German International Climate Initiative.” Public and media are invited to join.