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National park admission fees generate 1.7 billion baht to government coffers

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has collected some 1.7 billion baht in revenue from national park admission fees, with the most being collected from Hat Nopparat Tara � Mu Koh Pi Pi islands off Krabi, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) said today.

NNT quoted DNP spokesman Sompot Maneerat as revealing that the agency has collected more than 1,678 billion baht in revenue from such admission fees from October 2016 until June 2017 following the renovation of facilities and restoration of natural resources.

Most of the revenue were collected from the admission fee by 428 million baht at Hat Nopparat Tara � Mu Koh Pi Pi National Park, followed by 299 million baht at Mu Koh Similan National Park.

The DNP has aimed to have national parks across the country generate more revenue from tourism in order to allocate the money for the restoration and development of natural attractions, and to take care of national park personnel, whereas the budget provided from the government alone was not sufficient.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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