Bicycle mechanic sought as ‘low carbon tourism officer’ for Koh Mak

Tourism June 25, 2018 13:29

By The Nation

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Koh Mak in Trat is looking to hire a bicycle repairperson who can also do triple duty as a photographer/social-media marketer and an ambassador for “low carbon tourism”.



Sutharak Sunthornwipat, deputy manager of the third office of Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), on Monday unveiled the recruitment programme when he visited the island off Trat’s mainland.

He went there to inspect 100 new bicycles that DASTA has given to the island’s local administration to promote biking tourism as part of the Koh Mak Low Carbon Tourist Destination project.

Sutharak said DASTA initiated the low carbon tourism project after the island had recently won the PATA Gold Award for Low Carbon Holiday destinations.

DASTA bought and handed over the 100 new bicycles to the island so tourists could ride around the island instead of driving vehicles, Sutharak said. The project thus needs to hire a bike repairperson for five months at Bt30,000 a month to keep up the machines, he said.

But the bike mechanic will wear the title of “low carbon tourism officer” because a large part of the job would involve acting as an ambassador for the island and the programme. The work will include taking photos of tourism activities and sharing them on social networks daily

The officer will have to live on the island and talk to tourists and tourism operators and share their experiences to promote low carbon tourism on the island, Sutharak added.