With the effect of the lockdown, the popular beaches of Thailand, where hordes of tourists used to live, have seen the return of popular marine animals like whales, turtles, etc. As a result, the country plans to close the parks for a few months to help the environment recover from the damage caused by tourists visiting the country.
The closure of parks due to a pandemic has allowed the natural habitat to recover from the hordes of tourist crowds and bought a return of wildlife like whales and turtles, said Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa. And now the authorities are planning to close the parks for two to four months annually starting next year to encourage park conservation.
"In this way nature can be rehabilitated and the park rangers can improve the parks," the minister said in an interview in Bangkok.
In Thailand there are over 100 national parks in the north and south, for example on the islands of Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay. In 2019, over 20 million people visited the parks, which contributed over $ 70 million in parking fees.
Tourism is a major contributor to Thailand's GDP. With the pandemic, more than a fifth of GDP has been disrupted by the lockdown forced by the pandemic. With the lockdown, the government estimates that over 7 million people could visit the tropical site of Thailand, which was attended by over 40 million visitors last year.
Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said the closure of parks will affect the country's GDP even more. Maya Bay in the Phi Phi Islands, made famous in a Hollywood movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be closed until some of the areas are destroyed. Tourists are rescued and it is noted that the bay's coral reef will return up to 40 Will take years.
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