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Impacts of Tourism on Thailand (Eco Tourism, Cultural Tourism)
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Ecotourism The debates on the impacts on tourism on environment led to the concept of ecotourism. Fillion et al (1994, pp.174-194) has defined ecotourism as a form of tourism which allows the tourist to enjoy and appreciate nature. Ecotourism basically sets forth a model wherein tourism as an activity does not affect the environment of the destination.
This has regulated the indiscriminate exploitation of environmental resources associated with tourism industry. As the major destinations in Thailand are environmentally fragile areas, this becomes of increased relevance. A major milestone in the development of ecotourism in Thailand was in 1995, when the Deputy Governor for Planning and Development of Tourism Authority of Thailand came up with a series of reports emphasizing the need of ecotourism and thus promoting ecotourism (Nick, 1999, pp.316-332). Resultantly, a national ecotourism strategy was formulated. However, the initial recommendations of this strategy have been referred to as greening mechanism of the mass tourism which existed then. With reference to this argument a major impact of ecotourism in Thailand is that ecotourism could be used as a campaign to involve the participants of mass tourism in protection of environment. It could also be successfully used by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to improve many of the existing destinations (Nick, 1999, pp.316-332). The tourism industry of Thailand took up the idea of ecotourism very quickly. It also received institutional and policy support by the end of 1995. ...
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