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TAT, Thai Navy to Stress Marine Safety, Conservation to Push Sustainable Tourism

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Royal Thai Navy will promote marine safety and conservation of marine natural resources to fuure tourists to further sustainable tourism efforts.

“The agreement covers the provision of assistance by the Royal Thai Navy to local and international tourists when exploring attractions in the Thai naval base,” said TAT Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn. “At the same time, the cooperation seeks to raise the tourists’ awareness about tourism sustainability as part of the TAT’s ongoing responsible tourism strategy.”

The memorandum of understanding was signed Sept. 28 between navy commander-in-chief Adm. Chatchai Sriworakhan and Yuthasak.

Under the MoU, TAT and the Royal Thai Navy agree to cooperate on promoting and building confidence in marine safety measures for tourists, promoting tourist attractions in the area under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy, and promoting sustainable conservation of marine natural resources through tourism.

TAT and the Royal Thai Navy previously worked together back in July 2020, on promoting Sattahip, a small fishing town some 30 kilometers south of Pattaya and the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy, as a model tourism city for “new normal” travel in Thailand.

The navy, as well as Sattahip as a destination, has played a pivotal role in the nationwide effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19, having been the nation’s pilot state quarantine center as well as home to four pristine natural attractions and conservation projects.

As part of their collaborative effort, four natural attractions and conservation projects in the Sattahip Naval Base have undergone a strict inspection and passed the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’s basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness.

The four tourist attractions are the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Thai Island and Sea Nature History Museum, Sai Kaeo Beach, and Nang Ram-Nang Rong beaches; all of which are located in the naval base area.

The Sea Turtle Conservation Center is located within the compound of the Air and Coastal Defense Command. The center provides biological knowledge on the life cycle of sea turtles, as well as encourages the conservation of sea turtles. It also serves as a nursery with correct academic practices and is able to return raised sea turtles back to the sea.

The Thai Island and Sea Nature History Museum comprises five exhibition halls: The Great Honour; The Philosophers’ Collaboration; Always Learn, Be smart; The Building of Destroying Bad Things, and To Protect the Thai Sea’s Potential. The Museum is under the supervision of the Royal Thai Fleet