Thailand's tourism success is so tenuous right now, but that's no reason to slow efforts to cut down on exploitative practices.
Since it's Thailand, we're not sure we trust the government's claims as to why it's closing the island. Hopefully, though, it will have the intended environmental impact.
Since Thailand's military junta overthrew the country's government, some tourist arrivals have increased, despite random arrests and a leadership that blames tourists for being murdered. At least employment has improved.
If a military junta can't even provide decent security, what's the use of a brutal dictatorship?
The power of the outbound Chinese traveler should not be underestimated.
When your most popular holiday is called "Seven Dangerous Days," you know you have a problem with travel safety.
Thailand wants more tourists from Europe and the U.S. to return and closing this case by whatever means has been a top priority.
Thailand's tourism has been a mess for years, it's just that so many people were coming despite its problems that nobody noticed. That's not an issue now.
Thailand has quickly moved from tourism success story to total mess.