Suratthani provincial officials recently met with representatives of various government agencies and the private sector to discuss Koh Samui’s many problems, such as environmental degradation, unregulated land use, inadequate garbage disposal system, poor transportation facilities, drug proliferation, among other things.
Deputy Suratthani Governor Chalorsak Wanitchaoren said the free-wheeling discussion was initiated by the provincial government as part of its goal of making Koh Samui the main tourist destination in the southern Gulf of Thailand.
The provincial government, he said, will try to address all these concerns so as to make Koh Samui not just a place to visit but an ideal place to live in as well.
Koh Samui is known throughout the world as a tourist attraction. “If we properly manage the environment, it will remain a leading tourist destination for a long time,” Mr. Chalorsak said.
One area where Koh Samui can excel is marine tourism, according to him. But both the government and the private sector should join hands in preserving the island’s marine resources so they will remain pristine and attractive to foreign visitors.
During the meeting, Koh Samui Mayor Ramnate Jaikwang acknowledged the many problems confronting the island. But these problems, he said, are being addressed aggressively by the Koh Samui Municipality.
Of course, he said, some of these problems cannot be solved overnight. But greater cooperation between the government, the business community and the residents themselves would go far in solving these problems.
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