The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Surat Thani Office, in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Council of Surat Thani Province, has initiated the “Low Carbon Tourism Destination: Surat Thani” project. The aim is to drive Thai tourism towards sustainability in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The project follows the Sustainable Tourism Goals: STGs strategy and introduces the Sustainable Tourism Accelerating Rating: STAR standard. This standard will guide entrepreneurs in providing tourism products and services with social and environmental responsibility, contributing to sustainable tourism.
Miss Nantawan Siriphokphat, Director of TAT, Surat Thani Office, highlighted the importance of focusing on the four dimensions of sustainable tourism management: social-economic, cultural, and environmental. The project intends to revitalize the Thai economy while promoting responsible tourism practices.
The “Low Carbon Tourism Destination: Surat Thani” project offers concrete products and services in alignment with STGs guidelines. Tourists will participate in activities at various destinations, including the Ban Nam Rad Watershed Forest and Khao Na Luang Dharma Park in Khiri Rat Nikhom District. The project also encourages tourists to make merit during Buddhist Lent day by offering candles, light bulbs, and solar panels at Wat Thung Siet and Khao Na Luang Dharma Park.