Training course on “Sustainable Community-based Eco Tourism” in Thailand
Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand organizes the training course “Sustainable Community-based Eco Tourism” from 30 April to 15 May 2019 in Thailand. The opening ceremony was officially taken place on 30 April 2019 witnessed the participation of Mrs. Sasitorn Wongweerachotkit – Deputy Director General of TICA, Associate Professor Prathum Muangmee – Vice President of Burapha University, Thailand and nearly 20 participants from Egypt, India, Ivory Coast, Chile, Timo-Leste, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Togo, Viet Nam, and Zimbabwe. The main purposes of the training course focuses on concept of Thailand tourism in various aspects, contribution in developing tourism in participating countries in general and Thailand tourism in particular, and widening community-based tourism academy network in the region and the world.
Bottom-up tourism which directly benefits local communities is now mushrooming across Thailand, providing decent work for local residents while strengthening their efforts in environmental and cultural conservation. Most community-based tourism activities offer visitors chances to experience local way of life, which boosts people-to-people relationships, mutual understanding and local income. Participatory decision-making under Sufficiency Economy Phylosophy (Sufficiency Economy Philosophy: Thailand’s Path towards Sustainable Development Goals) guidelines ensures fair division of labor and benefits. Keeping with moderation under SEP guidelines also enhance the transparency in benefit sharing, therefore, the concerned stakeholders can continue to manage their tourism resources with respect to the environment and local traditions.
Speaking at the Opening ceremony, Mrs. Sasitorn Wongweerachotkit – Deputy Director General of TICA expressed her expectations to the training course that it would generate genuine and practical benefits for participants in terms of developing an active platform to boost sustainable tourism development and sharing international experience. TICA will keep its commitment to be aside with the participants through the years to accomplish this mission, she added.
Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand organizes the training course which is within the framework of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy: Thailand’s Path towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), include annual international training courses on Food Security, Climate Change, Public Health and other SDG’s related topics. During 2017 – 2019, TICA is pleased to offer more than 90 short-term training courses with the expected number of participants of nearly a thousand from developing countries around the world.