Chinese tourists are different. Disneyland Shanghai just learned it the hard way: Chinese tourists are different. Ok, not all of them. The majority behaves, but some simply trash it. The Shanghai Disney Resort is scheduled to open on June 16. Meanwhile Disney Town, located adjacent to the park, already opened to the public this Monday at China’s Labor Day. The behavior of visitors left a lot to be desired. Some have been filmed defacing Disney property, disposing trash anywhere, occupying landscaped areas, picking flowers from flowerbeds, scrawling “was here” along side lampposts, and urinating in public.
While littering may be a common problem in any kind of theme park, public defecation is not. The main Disney park hasn’t opened yet, and still got a few days to adjust the defense of its magic kingdom to this kind of invasion.
Tiger Temple raided and closed | Very sad news for tiger lovers: It used to be a paradise for tigers and the #1 tourist destination for lovers of wild cats. But that’s history now. This week the world’s most famous Tiger Temple (Wat Pha Luang Ta Bu Yannasampanno) has been raided and closed. Tiger Temple was located in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi Province, west of Bangkok. The buddhist monks living here received their first motherless tiger cubs from villagers in 1999. Numbers constantly went up. 150 tigers were counted in January 2016. The majority of those tigers were Bengal and Indochinese, a few others hybrid breeds. Tourists paid 600 Thai Baht ($16) to enter into this unique site, with additional costs to pet and feed the tigers. Thousands of tourists did flock to it every year. ‘Wat Pha Luang Ta Bu Yannasampanno‘ became the world’s most popular tourist destination for tiger lovers.
Why did Tiger Temple close?
Tiger Temple raided and closed; the setup: There have been ongoing battles between wildlife groups, Thai Department of National Parks (DNP) and the monks since the beginning of this mini zoo. Several times the DNP tried to confiscate the tigers. Each time the monks somehow held on to their animals. Things looked better recently: The temple applied for a zoo license that would have enabled them to legally continue holding tigers. Such license was provisionally granted, but then revoked soon after for reasons unknown to us. This week, backed by a court order Thai authorities launched a large-scale raid on the tiger temple to confiscate the animals. The 1,000-strong police operation is due to continue all week.
Although workers and volunteers at the temple spoke out against the operation, police and wildlife officials immediately started an operation to remove all tigers from the temple. Pictures from yellowpress journalists at the scene posted to social media showed dead 40 small tiger cubs lined up on a floor. In a Facebook statement, the monks said the mortality rate for tiger cubs at the temple was “comparatively low”. Since 2010 dead newborn tigers have been kept as proof against the allegations of selling cubs. One British who has volunteered with the tigers, told the media that tiger remains were frozen as proof that cubs who died of natural causes were not being sold into any kind of illegal wildlife trade. This might indeed be true, because a number of bodies was found in a state of decay as they have been there over five years. It would seem strange to keep the frozen bodies that long if the intent was to sell them.
Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market
So far nothing is really speaking against the Tiger Temple. “Missing permissions” to keep and breed tigers only means that some people in power did miss out on revenue. No cage was too small. No tiger did starve. In fact the opposite is true. Tigers at the site did live like in paradise. While the tiger population is shrinking dramatically elsewhere, this temple went from 8 to 150 tigers in its 17 years of existence. Crazy allegations were thrown at the monks: speed breeding, black market activities to satisfy Chinese demands (Tiger bones and body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine), illegal cross-border exchange with Laos-based tiger farms, animal torture and whatnot. Nothing has been proven so far.
Koh Tachai closed to tourists | Thai authorities did close the island of Koh Tachai, saying: heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment. The island, off Phang Nga province, is part of the Similan National Park. Right decision! The problem that had to be resolved: Koh Tachai’s beaches are too white, its coral reef too colorful, and its marine life too beautiful. Recently too many divers were attracted to this paradise spot. There were 8 to 10 boats on site with approx. 5 divers each. The mantas were being driven away by the hoards of divers. Not to loose the attraction forever by allowing too many divers, the national park authorities simply closed the entire island before damage goes beyond repair. Well done. Destinations such as this one need to take a long-term view on how to keep their assets intact and fresh.
Thai authorities close Koh Tachai to Tourists
Koh Tachai is located at the northern most tip of Similan NP. The island measures 12 sqkm. On Koh Tachai tourists used to find white beaches at a perfection level of 10/10 and crystal clear waters with mighty whale sharks and manta rays. An extravagant marine life lead to the nomination of the National Geographic Society as one of the top 10 diving destinations on earth. Koh Tachai was open for tourism from November to April. On May 15, 2016 the Thai government announced the closure of the island for public until further notice. This decision was based on findings that the ecological damage caused by mass tourism had left the environment not longer able to restore itself. Other Similan Islands are still open for travelers from October 15 until May 15.
Foreign Tourist Dies During Travel Romp Sex | What nationality was he? A ‘foreign’ tourists appeared to be too drunk to enjoy his sex session with a Thai ladyboy. Instead he died. This is what we know so far: The tourist was most likely between 40 and 45 years old, drunk as hell, paid 58 Pound (3,000 Baht) to a 22-year old Thai ladyboy, started a ‘vigorous sex romp’, banged his head on a wall, tripped and fell. Pictures have emerged in social media showing an embarrassed sex worker standing next to the body of the dead unidentified tourist in a resort in Pattaya, Thailand. An autopsy is set to take place to determine the exact circumstances of the death.
Florida Tourist Rapist behind bars | Casey Terrell Miller from Miami is facing charges after he kidnapped, beat and raped a tourist who was walking back to her Fontainebleau Hotel. The 25 old rapist remained behind bars without bond Wednesday. It’s unknown if he’s hired an attorney. He will be charged for aggravated battery, armed kidnapping, and attempted sexual battery.
The victim – a woman from Georgia – left Mango’s Cafe at 900 Ocean Drive Friday night. She was on her way back to the hotel, when she was approached by Miller. The woman agreed to go with him to a bar for a drink. Next thing she remembered was being inside Miller’s apartment. She wanted to leave but Miller blocked the door. The rapist grabbed her, but she hit him with her cell phone. He then slammed her to the ground and beat her on the face, choked her and slammed her head into the floor before he raped her.
The woman said she remembered being in a stairwell then found herself in the Walgreens at 1011 Alton Rd, Miami. Walgreens workers called police. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a fracture to her right forearm. Detectives used the victim’s description of the suspect to quickly identify the rapist, who lives just half a block away from that Walgreens. She identified him as the suspect in a photo lineup.