Tourism preparation is underway to ensure that the appropriate accessibility and facilities are in place for the country’s first ever Grand Prix (MotoGP) in Buri Ram in October, when the province plays host to more than 200,000 visitors from around the world.

Anan Wongbenjarat, Director General of the Department of Tourism (DOT) led a team of officials to visit local communities over the weekend to prepare for the mobile cabinet meeting in Buri Ram and Surin next week (May 7-8). The authorities also followed up on the DOT policies to support local efforts to improve tourism facilities such as wheelchair ramps, walkways, clean toilets, and information centres.

Tourism development to generate income for local communities will be one of the main topics of discussion during the mobile cabinet meeting next week.

During his visit, Mr Anan presided over the building of wheelchair ramps and walkways at the community souvenir shop of Ban Khok Mueang in Prakhon Chai District. The project adheres to the DOT’s Tourism ‘For All’ policy to improve accessibility for visitors across the board. He also handed over a number of bicycles to support community-based tourism in the region.

“It’s the policy of Mr Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, to garner support from every state agency looking after tourist attractions to help local communities improve facilities such as toilets, ramps, walkways, information centres, and other tourist infrastructures,” said Mr Anan. “He also works with communities and youth groups to keep their tourist attractions clean and garbage-free.”

As well as visiting Ban Khok Mueang, Mr Anan also visited Ban Sanuan Nok community in Huai Rat District to oversee tourist facilities, accessibility, accommodation, and services which include homestays and local guides.

He surveyed the So Krao Walking Street in Buri Ram’s Town District with aims to develop it further and support street food tourism. The DOT team also visited Chang International Circuit, the motorsport race track, where MotoGP Thailand 2018 will take place.

The DOT has supported the development of Buri Ram tourism by helping the province enhance its identity and by developing souvenir prototypes of T-shirts, cloth bags, keychains, throw pillows, note books, and hats for the Mueang Tam Sanctuary Collection.

In addition, the DOT has set up 19 QR Code signs at various tourist attractions in Buri Ram. When scanned, the QR Code will give visitors explanations about the sites, including addresses, photos, telephone numbers, infographics, and website links to the state agencies concerned.

The DOT has also certified 4 homestays in Buri Ram, namely Ban Khok Mueang Homestay in Prakhon Chai District, Mu Ban Thong Thiao Mai Sanuan Nok Homestay in Huai Rat District, Chumchon Sai Yao Homestay in Ban Nong Khruea in Town District, and Nong Ta Khem Homestay in Nang Rong District.