Phuket eco tours and the environment

Ecotourism is one of the biggest fads in travel these days, and many people who take them assume that they are dong their locale good by participating, but with more and more ecotours in operation, how much of the environment is actually being protected. Phuket still retains a large degree of its natural beauty, but with its ever-reaching development, it can only be a matter of time before the environment comes under direct threat.

There are no official statistics about the effects or impact of ecotourism on Phuket, as neither the Phuket Ecotourism Association or the Tourism Authority of Thailand have the budgets to put in the research needed.

Kanchana Kwanrod, manager of PETA says, "PETA can't tell the amount of money that tourists spend on ecotourism because we don't have the budget to do it. It was established by the companies that offer ecotours. They joined together to help national parks to promote places to travel.

As for income from ecotourism, we can't say exactly what income we get from it. Money from ecotourism goes through each national park. At first, PETA staff used to check the income of each national park and other places ecotours take the tourists every six months. But recently we don't have the budget to do that."

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