Weighing money against the environment, Krabi turned down foreign film projects

2022-08-03 0 By

Krabi, known as “Guilin on the Sea” in Thailand, turned down Netflix’s plan to make a horror film because of environmental concerns.Thailand has turned down a foreign film producer’s offer to use three famous beaches in Krabi as filming locations for Netflix’s latest horror film.Krabi Governor Puttipong Sirimart said Deep Blue Production’s application to film The horror film “The Meg 2” between April 16 and May 9 was rejected.The company hopes to shoot on Phra Nang, Tonsai and Railey beaches, and build a set near ShellSea Krabi resort.The filmmakers also plan to shoot helicopter landing scenes at Tonsai Beach and use a motorboat for rescue mission scenes at Riley Beach.Krabi’s governor said public and private sector representatives met online last week to discuss ways to boost the economy and rejected the film, mainly because of the motorboat setup.The Krabi Tourism Declaration, which bans the use of motorboats, scooters, banana boats and beach umbrellas on Krabi beach, has been in use for five years and was extended for another two years on 25 March 2011 by Varawut Silpa-Archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.The statement bans all activities that could harm Krabi’s natural environment.The meeting also noted that Krabi’s Ocean Park and offices received motorboats but chose not to use them.The meeting also said that the filming plan to build a bridge over the beach, and the closure of Riley from April 16 to May 9, would seriously affect tour operators, resorts and tourists who want to visit the popular beach.Governor Putipong also said that while the production would create 400 local jobs and bring cash flow to Krabi, it would be environmentally damaging.Revitalizing the economy is important, but protecting the sustainable development of the local environment is even more important.□ source: siambird ® editorial © copyright infringement