Recent reports of Komodo dragons being smuggled by traffickers have reignited talks about the closure of Komodo National Park. But what would that mean for the local community, which has come to rely on the region’s booming tourist trade? Photo: AFP
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The closure of Komodo National Park could be more damaging to environment than keeping it open

  • Indonesian authorities will decide the future of the popular tourist destination in August
  • Environmentalists fear that closing the park could encourage those who rely on tourism to turn to destructive fishing methods

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Recent reports of Komodo dragons being smuggled by traffickers have reignited talks about the closure of Komodo National Park. But what would that mean for the local community, which has come to rely on the region’s booming tourist trade? Photo: AFP
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AirAsia’s campaign promoting the budget carrier's new route between Brisbane and Bangkok has been pulled after it was accused of promoting sex tourism in Thailand. Photo: Twitter / @MelLiszewski
Mercedes Hutton
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Is AirAsia promoting sex tourism with ad inviting passengers to ‘Get off in Thailand’?

  • In campaign for new Brisbane to Bangkok route, budget carrier seemed to equate disembarking from an aeroplane with sexual gratification
  • Thailand’s sex tourism industry is no laughing matter, with sex workers particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses

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AirAsia’s campaign promoting the budget carrier's new route between Brisbane and Bangkok has been pulled after it was accused of promoting sex tourism in Thailand. Photo: Twitter / @MelLiszewski
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