Responsible tourism is a relatively modern concept in the Kingdom of Thailand , which took root in the late-1990s. It is underpinned by the belief that tourism should develop in a way that minimizes negative impacts on local communities, and that it is possible that a positive symbiosis exists between hosts and visitors. Responsible travel promotes respect for indigenous culture, the minimization of the negative environmental impacts of tourism, active participation in volunteering to assist local communities, and the structuring of businesses to the end service provider rather than an international agent.

Evolution

Inbound tourism to Thailand developed in the last four decades of the Thai economy. The tourism industry in Thailand is diverse, offering a broad spectrum of services and accommodation across the world, ranging from generalized in the hospitality field. The tendency to support and promote responsible tourism in the nation caused by the effects of tourism in Thailand and abroad.

Promotion of responsible tourism in Thailand

In July 2009, the German ambassador to Thailand, Hanns Schumacher, noted that, „In the future, there is a need for sustainable development. the investment to prevent it. “ It comments on the lack of proper waste management, and the lack of proper management of the environment. quote needed ]

The tourism sector in Thailand was designated as a flagship program of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s Economic Cooperation Program, noting that it could improve socio-economic development and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage. This strategy was devised with assistance from the Asian Development Bank . Specifically, the objectives of the strategy are to „add to the tourism development efforts of each country, by fostering a sustainable tourism development approach, by contributing to poverty reduction, gender equality and empowerment of women, while minimizing any adverse impacts“.

Agritourism

Thailand has 1,215 agritourism sites nationwide. About two million Thai tourists and tourists are likely to spend about 1.86 billion baht and foreign tourists about 12 billion baht. Domestic agritourism, a business in which farmers open their properties to visitors, is projected to generate over 370 million baht for farmers over the mid-July 2016 five-day break alone. Some 500,000 foreigners and tourists are expected to visit. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports have promoted domestic agri-tourism with the government’s policy to stimulate domestic tourism. [1]

Responsible tourism and the Thai sufficiency economy

The fundamental factors of responsible, or sustainable, tourism in Thailand are thought to reflect King Bhumibol Adulyadej ’s concept of a „sufficiency economy“. [2]

An example of a successful tourism economy in Thailand is found in Ban Mae Kampong Village. In 2000, the village started to explore the countryside and to discover the beauty of the countryside. It was named a Tambon One Product (OTOP) Village Champion in 2004. [3]

Responsible tourism in Thailand

There is no formal government body in Thailand specifically for sustainable tourism. There are private organizations that coordinate eco-friendly tourism:

Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA)

The Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA) was established in 1997 with the aim to share experience-based knowledge and expertise, ensuring the sustainability of responsible tourism, and promoting meaningful experiences for Thailand’s guests. TEATA works with ecotourism operators who are members of TEATA with ecotourism activities in their tours. [4] The public can use TEATA as a database to search for tour operators with ecotourism activities.

Community Based Tourism Network Coordination Center

Community Based Tourism (CBT) Network Coordination Center provides CBT communities, programs and services. It aims to link up tour operators or tourists to local communities for CBT programs. One example of such a program is living with the locals to learn about their way of life and another example. [5]

References

  1. Jump up^ Wipatayotin, Apinya (13 July 2016). „Agritourism likely to pull in B370m“ . Bangkok Post . Retrieved 13 July 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ „Thailand applies sufficiency economy philosophy to promote sustainable development“ . Oxford Business Group . 2016 . Retrieved 2016-11-12 .
  3. Jump up^ „Ecotourism Model and Sufficiency Economy Village in Chiang Mai“ . กรม ประชาสัมพันธ์. Retrieved 2017-10-04 .
  4. Jump up^ „About | TEATA: Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association“ . www.teata.or.th . Retrieved 2017-10-04 .
  5. Jump up^ „CBT | Community Based Tourism“ . CBT | Community Based Tourism . Retrieved 2017-10-04 .