Samet damage could reach B100m
- Published: 1/08/2013 at 07:27 PM
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The Tourism Council of Thailand has estimated that Samet island will lose around 100 million baht in tourism revenue because of last Saturday's offshore oil spill from a PTT Global Chemical Plc facility.
Coastal fishermen in tambon Phae opposite Koh Samet in Rayong province are affected by the oil spill which hit the island on Sunday. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
The council said the estimate covered the short-term impact as the accident occurred in the low season for tourists visiting the island, chairman Piyaman Techapaibul said on Thursday.
The oil slick has caused damage to Ao Phrao beach on western Samet since Sunday night and crews are cleaning up the spill. Other beaches on the other side of the island are not affected.
Samet is the main tourist destination for visitors to Rayong. The eastern province made 16 billion baht in revenue from tourism last year, 40% of that amount coming from the island, according to the Rayong Tourist Association. Samet has about 40 hotels catering to tourists.
Meanwhile, the Koh Samui Tourist Association has expressed concern to the council about possible problems for tourists to the island in Surat Thani province due to new oil drilling schemes possibly to be undertaken in the Gulf of Thailand near the island.
Mr Piyaman said council members are discussing whether to file complaints to the House Committee on Tourism and Environment.
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