haze hit Thailand on 12th of March 2007, flights were
disrupted (13 cancelled) and had to be delayed. Tourists
normally tend to shun countries with images of smoke
and civilians wearing surgical masks, hence resulting
in the decline of the tourism rate in the countries
affected by the haze. Due to the fact that flights were
cancelled, many tourists were left stranded at the airport
since they had already checked out of their hotels while
locals could still return back to their homes.
Though immediate cancellations were less observed,
this showed that people planning for trips may reconsider
their holiday destinations. Fewer tourists have visited
Thailand, posing a problem towards Thailand¡¯s tourism,
and the root of the problem is haze. Should the haze
problem be solved, then Thailand¡¯s tourism would not
be affected negatively.
An interviewed tourist was very annoyed with the haze
situation because there was no sight of the sun after
9 days when he had come to Singapore to enjoy the sun.
In 1997, 13 flights from Singapore were cancelled due
to the poor visibility from the haze. In that same year,
airports in Malaysia such as West Kalimantan were closed.
Also, 9 out of 11 Indonesian airports closed due to
the haze. Visibility had worsened to 300 metres. There
was even an Indonesian plane crashed which involved
the lives of 234 people. The cancelling of flights and
closing of airports prevented tourists from coming in
to Singapore, causing a fall in tourism.
Kranji Nature Trail