As of Sun, Feb 3, Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang airports, all operated by Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), have been declared no-smoking zones with fines of up to B5,000 (around US$160) for any violators.
2018 Public Health Ministry announcement requiring all offices of
government agencies and state enterprises, which includes airports, to
assign no-smoking areas.
traffic at Bangkok’s two airports, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi, both
affected by the change, exceeded 100 million in 2018.
The Hua Hin municipality vowed on Tuesday to investigate and crack down on beach massage operators for encroaching on and blocking the popular beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Jirawat Prammanee, clerk of the municipality, said he ordered municipal officials to check on the operators after seeing posts from a Hua Hin resident showing the beach obstructed by massage beds.
Jirawat said the spot could be at Soi Hua Hin 77. He said if officials found the beach obstructed, they would order the owners to immediately clear the way.
Jirawat gave the order after a Hua Hin resident, whose Facebook account is Juckrit Chotphom, posted a photo in several Hua Hin Facebook groups.
The photo showed a worker of Meow Massage shop lining up massage beds in a formation that completely blocked the beach, leaving only the underwater portion open for tourists to walk past.
The photo also captured another massage shop that had done the same.
Juckrit said he took the photo at about 8am on Monday. He said he filed a complaint with the local office of the Internal Security Operations Command.
Source – TheNation
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THE NATIONAL Parks, Wildlife, and Plant
Conservation Department announced yesterday that it would develop a
national plan for the management and conservation of hornbills.
This plan would be in line with an
international action plan introduced yesterday for the critically
endangered helmeted hornbill.
A working group will be set up to develop the national plan, Pinsak Suraswadi, the department’s deputy director-general, said.
He said Thailand is committed to protecting the majestic bird’s habitat
as well as reducing trafficking and trade of the bright-billed bird. The
future plan will also focus on reintroduction programmes so hornbill
populations can be restored in natural habitats.
while engaging all sectors, he said, and thus the Centre for Research
and Training of Hornbill Conservation will be created.
decision to adopt it, which marks a watershed in efforts to preserve the
said at a press conference. “Today will be a great starting point for
moving forward together to save our species.”
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, got together to
discuss the plan.
increasing threats of extinction despite their critical ecological
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, are of a critical concern to
ecologists as demands for the bright yellow and black casques atop their
bills have surged in recent years, particularly in China for carved
protection of the Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which has banned
all kinds of trade since 1975.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), prompting the species to be up-listed
from “near threatened” to “critically endangered” by BirdLife
hornbill conservation was issued at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
and the CITES CoP17, backed by members of the HHWG, while urging all
CITES parties to take necessary steps to develop and implement the
collaboration and an increase in financial resources to scale up
conservation attention aimed at targeted population recovery across the
helmeted hornbills and derivatives by ensuring that the CITES Appendix I
listing for the species is effectively implemented.
HHWG, said: “Unless we protect key population strongholds and reduce
international demand, we stand little chance to save the helmeted
protection. Most long-term research on the species has been by the
Hornbill Research Foundation.
Residents near Mudong canal in Wichit,
Phuket, are calling for officials to stop wastewater flowing into the
canal and out to sea. Dead animals have been found floating on the
canal. Dead shrimps, crabs and fish have been found floating on it.
have found that wastewater is coming from sewage produced by the
community. There are housing estates, restaurants and houses.
The law must be enforced by officers. We still don’t have the technology
to solve wastewater in the canal once it has made its way into the
canal system. If we add more microorganisms, it will be worse.
black water in the canal is caused by the drains. For a longer-term
solution, we have to find the original sources. Wastewater has to be
treated before being released into the canal.”
For the millions of sun seekers who head to
Thailand’s resort island of Phuket each year in search of stunning beaches and clear waters, cutting down on waste may not be a top priority.
hoping to change that with a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the
use of plastic, tackling the garbage that washes up on its shores, and
educating staff, local communities and tourists alike.
plastics,” said Anthony Lark, president of the Phuket Hotels Association
and managing director of the Trisara resort.
make a change, it’s going to get worse and worse,” he told the Thomson
Phuket’s five-star hotels – the association has put tackling
environmental issues high on its to-do list.
to phase out, or put plans in place to stop using plastic water bottles
and plastic drinking straws by 2019.
dump into landfill about 250,000 plastic water bottles annually. It has
now switched to reusable glass bottles.
“A Plastic Ocean”, and now show an edited version with Thai subtitles
for staff training.
action, rather than just hotel general managers getting together for a
drink,” Lark said.
become a top holiday destination in Southeast Asia – and faces similar
Southeast Asia, Phuket is easily accessible to tourists from China,
India, Malaysia and Australia.
about 10 million visitors each year, media reports say, helping make the
Thai tourism industry one of the few bright spots in an otherwise
Southeast Asian resorts – must contend with traffic congestion, poor
water management and patchy waste collection services.
follow Phuket’s lead and step up action to cut their dependence on
plastics, said Susan Ruffo, a managing director at the U.S.-based
non-profit group Ocean Conservancy.
dumped in the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the
human food chain, UN Environment says.
Thailand – account for up to 60 percent of plastic waste leaking into
the seas, an Ocean Conservancy study found.
lot to gain by making efforts to control their own waste and helping
their guests do the same,” Ruffo said.
but there is a lot more to be done, particularly in the area of
ensuring that hotel waste is properly collected and recycled,” she
industry is hard to find. But packaging accounts for up to 40 percent of
an establishment’s waste stream, according to a 2011 study by The
Travel Foundation, a UK-based charity.
water and energy, said Von Hernandez, global coordinator at the “Break
Free From Plastic” movement in Manila.
morning to get rid of plastic, but then they either dig a hole, and bury
it or burn it on the beach,” said Ruffo. “Those are not effective
solutions, and can lead to other issues.”
stations, giving guests metal or bamboo drinking straws and bamboo
toothbrushes, and replacing single-use soap and shampoo containers with
refillable dispensers, experts said.
could give them savings,” said Hernandez. “It could help change mindsets
of people, so that when they go back to their usual lives, they have a
little bit of education.”
plastic waste further, and will host its first regional forum on
environmental awareness next month.
can be implemented at other Southeast Asian resorts and across the wider
about recycling or reusing, it’s going to make a big difference,” said