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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Sunny skies for Thai tourism despite political turmoil

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-a very good example for rebuttal on the point that tourism is susceptible to political volatility....Despite the spate of coups and bomb blasts and terrorist attacks, Thailand continues to be a tourist magnet registering very impressive double digit growths!

-constituting more than 10% of GDP, it is important to the country's economy and the livelihood of many Thais...

- but tourism can also pose problems....tourists may not be sensitive and can be disrespectful to the feelings and culture of the locals e.g. wearing bright-coloured clothes during the period of mourning of their beloved king...most Thais wear sombre black instead....

-there's also the sin industry (prostitution) supported by tourism (sex tourists)

-Note also the point on the straining (and even degradation) of infrastructure and Mother Nature e.g. the airport and place of interests:
"Meanwhile, tourist crowds are straining Thailand's famed natural attractions. National park authorities had to close Koh Tachai, a popular island in the Andaman Sea, last year to allow the island and surrounding coral reef to recover from environmental damage."

Relate to Qns on tourism and last year's 'A' level compre AQ on tourism.