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Collection of entrance fees to Nopparat Tara-Phi Phi Island national park in Krabi province rises to over The 500,000 baht a day from earlier 80,000 baht in two weeks after a working investigative panel of the National Reform Council (NRC) looked into the unusual low collection fees by park officials.
The NRC’s subcommittee on the reform of marine and coastal resource management was tasked to look into the entrance fee collection of all national parks in the country before proposing to the NRC for the reform.
Subcommittee chairman Asst Prof Thorn Thamrongnawasawasdi said from the investigation, it was found that in 2014, visitors to Nopparat Tara-Phi Phi Island national park doubled to over 100,000 but entrance fees collected increased to only 26 million baht, or merely three million baht increase from 23 million baht in 2013.
He questioned why collection was too low when taking into consideration the number of visitors which jumped to almost 50,000, but collection rising just three million baht.
He said unusually low collection of entrance fees did not happen only at this particular park, but at several other national parks in the country.
“This us why we suspected the fees might be dropped at somewhere,” he said.
The subcommittee investigated the Nopparat Tara-Phi Phi Island national park two weeks ago to make clear of three sources of revenues of national parks in the country.
They are entrance fees, welfare stores in the park, and other services.
From the investigation, the subcommittee found that two weeks after investigation was underway, collection of entrance fees at Nopparat Tara-Phi Phi Island national rise 40% or 500,000 baht more per day from earlier collection of just 80,000 baht a day.
This reflected unusual practises of the collection system of the marine park that prompted a need to reform.