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Kata project to transform ‘wastewater canal’ into eco-tourism attraction

Kata project to transform ‘wastewater canal’ into eco-tourism attraction

PHUKET: The Kata-Karon Hotel Business Association, Karon Municipality and a team from the Urban Design and Development Center (UDDC) at Chulalongkorn University have launched a project to transform a canal in Kata reeking with wastewater into the pristine nature tourist attraction.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 05:48PM

The collaboration for the project was formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Karon Municipality yesterday (Nov 12).

Present to sign as witness to the agreement was Phuket Vice Governor Thanyawat Chanpinit.

Also present were local community leaders and business operators in the area.

The project, formally called the “Pak Bang Kata Canal Development Project”, has been given the working name the “Kata Emerald Canal”, explained Vice Governor Thanyawat.

“The project aims to change Pak Bang Canal from a wastewater canal (sic) to become a new tourist attraction of Phuket where people can relax and learn about the natural environment,” Vice Governor Thanyawat said.

“This project will be an important factor to drive Kata-Karon to become a ‘resort town model’, which will help develop Phuket as a world-class tourist destination,” he added.

Thai Residential

Vice Governor Thanyawat noted that tourism is key driving force for Thailand’s economy. “And it be more important in the future, according to the 20-year national strategy (2018-2037),” he said.

“The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has announced they will move to increase tourism revenues from 20% of GDP today to 30% by 2037,” V/Gov Thanyawat added.

“According to global megatrends, middle-class people will earn more money and be able to travel more. Flight ticket prices will be cheaper. There will be more potential for tourism development in secondary cities,” he said.

The visiting delegation, led by UDDC Director Dr Niramon Serisakul, stopped by Provincial Hall today (Nov 13) to explain their plan to Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana.

The first stage of the project is to gather opinions of all stakeholder groups, an endeavour to start early next month, the Governor was told.

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BenPendejo | 14 November 2019 - 13:01:25

Yeah...take a festering canal into an "Eco-tourism" attraction...while at the same time taking a beautiful stretch of Phuket coastline along Laem Sing and whacking all the trees along the highway and building more hideous walls, thus robbing all future generations and tourists the simple view of the beauty of Phuket.  This place is just clueless.

Kurt | 14 November 2019 - 09:29:28

That persisting talk of the top Officials on Phuket about developing Phuket to a world class tourist destination, it is astonishing!
Phuket not even has enough water to come through a next few months. That Kata waste water canal will be stinking empty, just showing lost slippers, shoes, bikes, chairs, bottles, and all other rubbish

Kurt | 14 November 2019 - 09:23:18

Seems that this V/G not knows that many tourists come from countries were  eco water treatment is a normal thing. Keep that canal filthy dirty as it is, THAT is the tourist attraction! Sorry V/G, with that 'canal' is nothing to budget +/- commission for you. Any way, in 2 months time there is no waste water at all on Phuket. And really, is THAI lowering ticket prices?

DeKaaskopp | 13 November 2019 - 19:06:40

Turning that filthy canal into a tourist attraction ? Probably it's more easy to turn water into wine.Are there no other problems to solve on Phuket first?

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