THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Thailand set to fast-track Riviera Project

BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will spearhead the marketing push of the area with the focus on generating tourism revenue for the residents, communities and local businesses in four coastal provinces now being branded as the “Thailand Riviera.”

tourismeconomicsenvironment
By The Phuket News

Thursday 28 June 2018, 01:07PM


Under a comprehensive Master Plan prepared by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong will be upgraded to tap their full potential for natural, cultural, historical, gastronomic, sports and community-based tourism, said a release issued on Tuesday (June 26).

“The Thai government and related agencies will be closely involved in all aspects of tourism management, conservation and restoration in line with the policy direction of the National Tourism Development Plan to more equitably distribute income nationwide, upgrade the rural areas, provide them better accessibility, and improve facilities and services for visitors,” the release said.

The Master Plan shows that the four provinces have diverse tourism assets, as follows:

  • 25 national parks and water parks;
  • 528km of coastline;
  • 37 beaches, 10 bays, and 25 islands;
  • 70 Royal Projects and Royal Initiatives;
  • 6 community-based tourism projects.

Man-made attractions include several golf courses, theme parks, numerous community malls/outlets and a variety of Sports Tourism facilities for triathlons, marathons, swimming, biking, mountain climbing and canoeing.

The announcement follows Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat meeting with Prachuap Khiri Khan Vice Governor Chotenarin Kerdsom, Phetchaburi Vice Governor Somchai Bumrungsap and representatives from various government agencies on June 13 to move ahead with the next steps.

Minister Weerasak stressed that the entire development process must be implemented in a comprehensive, coordinated manner that pays equal attention to economic and ecological issues.

Citing developments for Hua Hin as an example, it was noted that infrastructure development will be especially important to ensure proper fresh water supply and prevent water conflicts between the agriculture and tourism sectors. The platform of the Hua Hin Railway Station, a local heritage site dating back to the days when it was used by members of the Royal Family visiting the Mrigadayavan Summer Palace of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), will be upgraded to reflect its unique design and architecture.

The plan also mentions opportunities for visitors to enjoy the local seafood, adventure activities and ecotourism, and the development of night markets, especially for local artists to showcase their works.

Laguna Golf Phuket

Specific niche-market projects will include development of the Thailand Riviera as a “Global Health Tourism Hub”, organisation of world-class sporting events for golf, tennis, shopping festivals, and world-class summer education courses.

The plan has long been in the cards, but implementation was delayed due to successive changes in governments. It was originally approved by the Thai Cabinet on Feb 7, 2006, and again on Aug 26, 2014, when the Ministry of Tourism and Sports was given the responsibility of executing the plan in an integrated and coordinated matter.

Under the current Prayut Chan-ocha Government, the plan was again approved on Mar 6 this year at the mobile Cabinet meeting in Phetchaburi province.

One important part of the project has been construction of a scenic 680km highway from Bangkok, which runs directly along the coastline. The highway, which will include bike lanes, is expected to be completed in five years. About 200km have been completed. A 49km stretch is under construction.

In 2017, the four provinces received a total of 14,023,347 Thai and foreign visitors, a rise of 4.52% year-on-year. The average expenditure per trip per person was B5,141, generating an estimated B72.105bn in tourism income (+8.85% year-on-year).

On June 1 this year, Tourism Minister Weerasak also enlisted the support of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in a meeting with UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. The UNWTO has undertaken to provide technical and marketing support, noted the TAT.

Minister Weerasak also noted that the Riviera project will have nationwide benefits thanks to the launched ferry service from Hua Hin to Pattaya, which has cut travelling time by more than six hours between the West and East coasts of the Gulf of Thailand, said the release.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Tour boats blamed for widespread reef damage

Timo hit the nail on the head, and all the warnings of environmental degradation continuously fall o...(Read More)


Chinese Consul General meets Phuket Governor to discuss tourist safety

"“I am very happy to hear that the Thai government has made the safety of Chinese tourists a ...(Read More)


Governor pushes water-shortage solutions

"“We will not charge residents any costs for emergency water provdied,” the governor assure...(Read More)


Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

"Pascale one wonders why the cereal(sic) is allowed. Emails to the Editor get no reply. I think...(Read More)


Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

"talking is so much easier.Always the same," hope to see you there, getting your hands dir...(Read More)


Army starts rolling in emergency water supply to Phuket

"Col Santi explained, “Lt Gen Pornsak learned that local residents in Phuket were now in trou...(Read More)


Hunted seastead couple ‘traced to Tarutao’

Fake news by thai authorities. The US-Thai couple didn't build, tugged, and anchored the floati...(Read More)


Army starts rolling in emergency water supply to Phuket

I thought the Gov said there was NO drought so why is the Army turning up with water tankers. Don...(Read More)


Army starts rolling in emergency water supply to Phuket

Finally army has taken over from a governor who still denies there is a water crisis on Phuket. Besi...(Read More)


Mains water supply outage announced

Interesting mental output at 5.16. Fascinating with all those dots and half finished sentences,but w...(Read More)