Bureaucrats told to better balance Pattaya tourism, environment

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Pattaya bureaucrats were told they must do more to mitigate the impact of tourism and industry on the environment at a two-day seminar organized by the city and Burapha University.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and the city’s two deputy permanent secretaries led civil servants to Hotel J for the required April 22-23 workshop entitled “Development of Potential and Visions.”

Asst. Prof. Kriangsak Phramphan.Asst. Prof. Kriangsak Phramphan.

Lectures from Burapha professors covered development of a tourism-based economy, environment impact and infrastructure management.

Assistant Professor Kriangsak Phramphan, director of the school’s Academic Services office, spoke on the effects of tourism and industry on the environment. Vichian Tansirikhongkhol compared the government’s administration of Pattaya with that of cities in Scandinavia, and Chaiwat Wongasa lectured on “leading during change and management of the public sector.”

The common theme in all three lectures was that Chonburi is a province with much diversity, serving as a base for tourism, industry and agriculture. But the growth of the area has damaged the environment.

Government, the lecturers said, needs to have a better understanding, more knowledge and initiative to control and preserve the environment while eradicating pollution.

The lessons will continue through May 2 with select bureaucrats traveling to Scandinavia to observe case studies in environmental management.