Tourism helps local communities help themselves

Tourism September 20, 2017 16:52

By The Nation

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) says its systematic support for local communities to manage their own tourism activities has achieved great success in generating greater visitor traffic, increasing local income, improving quality of life, and developing joint community efforts to preserve local culture.

“Our support on both funding and tourism know-how has significantly strengthened the locals’ capabilities to manage their own community-based tourism,” said Wanasiri Morakul, DOT director-general.

“Better management has subsequently brought more foreign and domestic tourists to their communities, resulting in more income for the locals and more efforts to preserve their environment and local way of life.” 

At the completion of the budget year ending September 2016, DOT will have supported more than 120 local communities, with budget allocations totalling Bt15 million, she said.