Relationship between Sustainable Tourism and Environment: Case Studies of Maldives and Amphawa Floating Market, Thailand

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Noppamast Sae-Tang
Hattaya Yamchuti


People who like to travel for recreation, are known as tourists. These people are catered for in a huge variety of settings called destinations, which are developed especially for them. These destinations, facilities, and the activities provided for tourists require significant environmental change. By the late 19th century, the scale of global tourism had reached such a size that was concerned by the health of the natural environment.  As a result, tourism scholars and operators began to consider destinations with tourism that could operate profitably over the long term but which also protected, and sometimes enhanced, the natural environment.  This has known as sustainable tourism. This article shows that over the last 30 years, there has been an increase in concern across a range of economic activities, expanded by owners, managers, industries and politicians need to be found to allow the activities to continue but in a way which protects the environment.


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