MNRE to develop national parks to cope with tourism growth

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) will be improving national parks nationwide to accommodate the growth of tourism in parallel with natural conservation, according to the DNP. 

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) Director-General, Nipon Chotibal, has revealed that the MNRE will be upgrading national parks to accommodate the increasing number of tourists, especially foreigners, visiting natural tourism attractions in Thailand. 

According to him, the natural parks’ conditions had been deteriorating due to tourism, mainly marine tourism attractions where corals and marine life have been directly affected. The development of the attractions must go hand in hand with the restoration of natural resources. 

The improvement of national parks will include better regulations of the parks such as the visiting fees, the revision of the opening time on islands, and the prevention of waste water released by hotels and resorts from contaminating seawater. 

The DNP Director-General has said this development plan has taken all sectors’ opinions into consideration for the improvement of the national parks.

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