Over the long weekend, a group of us were invited by the TAT to visit Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui in Southern Thailand. The purpose of the 4-day trip was to see the efforts by local tourism businesses on how they try to minimize their environmental impact. These days it is all about sustainable tourism. And this concept is of particular importance on islands where everything has to be shipped in and waste shipped out. We visited several hotels to see how they saved money and helped the environment at the same time. We also met up with local businesses that were doing their part in keeping the environment clean and available for the next generation of tourists. This ranged from organizing beach and reef clean-ups to schemes where people are offered free drinking water refills if they didn’t use plastic bottles.
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