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Koh Lanta To Be Turned Into Special Tourism Zone

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Koh Lanta to be transformed into special tourism zone

KRABI: -- Thailand's popular southern resort island of Koh Lanta off Krabi Province is to be turned into a special zone for sustainable tourism, Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop announced yesterday.

Mr. Suwat, who travelled to Krabi to survey development work in this southern province, said that the government would accelerate the search for sustainable tourism programmes for the island and its environs.

However, he warned that nearby tourist destinations, particularly Koh Phi Phi and the Phranang Bay, still lack clear and workable wastewater management practices.

The government was, thus, providing Bt37 million for local environmental work, he said.

The deputy prime minister also said that the government would meet half the costs of a Bt600 million project to provide electricity for Koh Phi Phi, with the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) funding the remainder of the project.

The government is also funding a Bt400 million project to construct a four-lane highway linking Krabi and Phang-nga Provinces.

-- TNA 2004-11-21

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Koh Lanta to be transformed into special tourism zone

KRABI: --  Thailand's popular southern resort island of Koh Lanta off Krabi Province is to be turned into a special zone for sustainable tourism, Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop announced yesterday.

Mr. Suwat, who travelled to Krabi to survey development work in this southern province, said that the government would accelerate the search for sustainable tourism programmes for the island and its environs.

However, he warned that nearby tourist destinations, particularly Koh Phi Phi and the Phranang Bay, still lack clear and workable wastewater management practices.

The government was, thus, providing Bt37 million for local environmental work, he said.

The deputy prime minister also said that the government would meet half the costs of a Bt600 million project to provide electricity for Koh Phi Phi, with the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) funding the remainder of the project.

The government is also funding a Bt400 million project to construct a four-lane highway linking Krabi and Phang-nga Provinces.

-- TNA 2004-11-21

Great. Just what a beautiful part of Thailand needs. A four lane road that funnels even more tourists into an ecologically sensitive area. :o

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