Thailand sits at the bottom of environmental sustainability on WEF’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness

CityNews – The World Economic Forum has released a Travel & Tourism Competitiveness report reviewing 140 countries across the world. Thailand is ranked at 31, up from the previous year which was at 34. However, on environmental sustainability, Thailand is down to 130 from 122. This index covers areas including ‘enforcement of environmental regulations’ (92), ‘Threatened species’ (111), and ‘particulate matter (2.5) concentration’ (131).

In response to the report, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn Minister of Tourism and Sports told Bangkok post that “the ministry will work with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to create campaigns, probably next year, to boost understanding among locals and travellers about sustainable conservation at tourism sites.”

The focus will be on community-base tourism which he said “will help create new destinations instead of promoting well-known cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui.”

See full report at

http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2019/country-profiles/#economy=THA