13 groups get nod for tourism cash

13 groups get nod for tourism cash

The Tourism Department has awarded grants to 13 communities for improving their tourism services.
The Tourism Department has awarded grants to 13 communities for improving their tourism services.

The Tourism Department has approved a budget of 1.3 million baht for 13 community tourism groups to develop tourism personnel and infrastructure.

"We plan to provide financial support for 120 community tourism groups in 2017 so they can strengthen their service capabilities," said Wanasiri Morakul, director-general of the department.

The department recently held its first meeting to screen tourism development proposals from local communities.

Thirteen community tourism groups in 10 provinces were awarded grants to improve their tourism services.

The grants from this programme can be used for a wide range of development activities in line with their needs, Ms Wanasiri said.

The recipients are required to file reports on their one-year progress with the department. If they fail to do so, the communities will not be eligible to receive future support.

The 13 community tourism groups to receive the development grants are: Ban Pah Community Tourism Group and Wannee Krajood Craft Learning Centre in Phatthalung; Yong Culture Tourism Group in Chiang Rai; Ban Mae Klang Luang Community Tourism Group in Chiang Mai; Khao Bai Si Community and Culture Tourism Group in Chanthaburi; Ban Chamraag Green and Community Tourism Group in Trat; Ban Laem Community Tourism Group in Suphan Buri; Taling Chan Floating Market Community Tourism Group and Khlong Prawet Community Tourism Group in Bangkok; Pabukah Homestay Group in Nakhon Ratchasima; Ban Takai-Nalae Homestay Group in Mukdahan; and Ban Santisuk Community Tourism Group in Loei.

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