BANGKOK, 11 June 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is partnering with the Ministry of Defense in promoting tourism within militarized zones in Thailand.
Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Suwat Sidthilaw recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Defense counterpart, General Sathian Permtong-in, on increased cooperation in tourism development in militarized zones.
The Department of Tourism has been assigned by both parties to conduct further research and study on the project.
Director of the Royal Thai Army’s tourism promotion office, Major General Pawarit Jamsawang, said he will request the Defense Permanent Secretary to arrange a meeting between the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in order to proceed with the project. Each of them will be responsible for assessing areas under its own jurisdiction to determine their tourism potential.
He elaborated that currently 40 military camps across the country are open for tourists while the number of visitors to the sites totaled 200,000 during the past 5 months.
As part of the project, the Army is aiming to first promote the Nine-Army Battle Historical Park in Kanchanaburi province. Major General Pawarit said a budget of 30 million baht has been proposed to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to carry out maintenance works on the park.
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