Tourism ministry urges Thailand to promote Community Based Tourism

Tourism ministry urges Thailand to promote Community Based Tourism

The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to promote community-based tourism (CBT) to attract quality tourists and to increase earnings within local communities. Speaking at a seminar on the “Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability Tourism Forum 2016,” the tourism minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said CBT generated about 20.7% of total tourism revenue last year.

“We want to focus more on community-based tourism as a way of sustainable tourism development,” said Wattanavrangku. “We believe tourist spending must not only benefit the big players, such as hotels or spa operators, but also local people and their communities, especially those in the agricultural sector. I believe tourism is key to helping reduce that gap of the haves and the have-nots.”

Read the original article: Sustainable Thailand | Bangkok Post: travel

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