The Department of Tourism (DOT) has organised a publicity programme to showcase the cultural identity and beauty of Buri Ram and Surin provinces as part of its mission to promote tourism and the economy in "secondary provinces".
Wantana Jangprajak, deputy director general of the DOT, said community-based tourism in secondary provinces had been consistently expanding and that has helped strengthen the regional finances.
“The DOT has recently organised a major press visit and briefing of these provinces which is in line with the policy of the government and the Tourism and Sports Minister to promote culture and way of life in 55 secondary provinces. The activity was also to accommodate the growing interests in community-based tourism,” said Wantana.
To boost tourism confidence, the DOT has been working with communities that show distinct cultural identity to ensure that the quality and safety of their homestays meet the DOT standards, she said.