Clean up beaches or risk losing visitors, Spanish tourist tells Thailand
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Clean up beaches or risk losing visitors, Spanish tourist tells Thailand

THAILAND must take better care of its picturesque beaches or risk losing revenue from tourism, a Spanish tourist said in a video which has gone viral.

According to Coconuts Bangkok, Albaro Perreiro, a first-time visitor to the country, expressed his disappointment with the state of Thai beaches, which he described as trash-filled and a far cry from the paradise he was expecting.

Clad in shorts, a T-shirt and sunglasses, Perreiro made the point to Thais in a 2.30-minute clip, amassing over 150,000 views since it was posted on Aug 8.

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Posted by Alexander Maxnort on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

He said he was taken aback by the number of cigarette butts, plastic, paper, and other garbage that turned the beach he was visiting into an eyesore. He said he had saved up money to visit Thailand only to find that much of it was spoilt by litterbugs.

“You are making a lot of money from tourism, revenues are very high”, he said.

If the situation continues, Perreiro believes tourists would no longer be drawn to Thailand in the numbers it currently enjoys.

While some hailed Perreiro’s remarks, other said a lot of the littering was done by foreigners.

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“Don’t blame anyone. It’s useless. We should think about what to do, and how to make changes,” Coconuts Bangkok quoted a Facebook user as saying.

Another user said:

“Aren’t the tourists the ones who dump all this garbage? Some beaches are just full of tourists.”

To solve the problem, Perreiro suggested tougher fines on people who threw garbage indiscriminately. He also warned tourists would consider other tropical destinations if the country remained in the same state.

“Take care of your country! I am disappointed and angry at all the things I have seen over the last days. Thank you and bye-bye,” he said at the end of his message.