A tiny island in the province of Trat has been designated a green destination for its waste management practices. In accordance with the country’s Bio-Circular-Green economic model, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports says that it is promoting sustainable tourism.
The island of Ko Mak, located off the coast of Trat province, has been named one of the 2022 Green Destinations Top 100 Stories, recognizing it as the first low-carbon destination in Thailand.
The Green Places Top 100 Stories is a competition organized by Green Destinations, a Netherlands-based organization that recognizes actions by worldwide destinations that promote responsible travel.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn stated that the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) has been advancing tourism development in accordance with the government’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic economy, which focuses on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of tourism.
The minister stated that DASTA was successful in making Ko Mak the first Thai attraction to earn this worldwide distinction, focusing on waste management and safety best practices.
DASTA is producing a Green Destinations Standard compliance guideline for tourism sites. This will allow Thai destinations to be nominated for the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories, as well as use DASTA’s current marketing activities.