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Organic Tourism campaign set for expansion across Thailand and Mekong countries

Bangkok, 20 December, 2017 – A campaign to promote Organic Tourism across Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has taken a major step forward with the convening of the first multi-sectoral workshop designed to brainstorm ideas and forge new partnerships to advance the cause.

The campaign is aimed at motivating hotels, restaurants, catering companies, supermarkets and other food outlets to wean farmers away from unhealthy and environmentally destructive pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. After taking root in Thailand, it is slated for expansion across Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of Southern China.

Over 40 participants including hoteliers, tour operators, academics, environmentalists, NGO and media representatives attended the workshop organised on 12 December by Sampran Riverside and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), backed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Sustainable Food Lab Thailand, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Destination Mekong.

Held at the The Athenee Hotel Bangkok, the workshop was also designed as a brainstorming session for the first Mekong Trends Symposium on Organic Tourism to be held in Bangkok alongside the 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, which is scheduled from 30 May to 1 June 2018.

Organic Tourism Thailand and Mekong

In his opening presentation, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (in photo, 2nd from left), TAT Governor, said Organic Tourism fitted in perfectly with the TAT’s marketing campaign to promote Gastronomy Tourism. It is also in accordance with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s “Sufficiency Economy” philosophy and the 17-point global agenda known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“The Royal Thai Government is also promoting stronger linkages between its two bedrock economic pillars, agriculture and tourism, as part of its national 2017-2012 development strategy known as Thailand 4.0,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

Mr. Jens Thraenhart (in photo, centre), Executive Director, MTCO, said, “We are excited to introduce the Organic Tourism concept to the Mekong Subregion with Thailand as the lead country. Strong tourist growth is coupled with a shift of consumers looking for clean and healthy food. Thus, the industry has to adopt and prepare for sustainable living practices. Aligned to the GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2025, Organic Tourism can be an important social movement in that regard, combining the two most important economic sectors in the region.”

Mr. Arrut Navaraj (in photo, 2nd from right), Managing Director, Sampran Riverside, said, “Organic Tourism is a social movement based on an inclusive business model and Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. Led by the private sector, the movement aims to build a more sustainable food system. It strives to empower everyone in the organic value chain to become collective leaders for change.

“Organic Tourism is far more than just tourists visiting organic farms. It involves hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets, buying organic produce from local farmers and communicating to their customers its importance and benefits. Farm visits can be considered as additional activities to help guests better understand the farming experience.”

Mr. Arrut added that the movement in Thailand is being coordinated by Sustainable Food Lab (Thailand), a social enterprise which assumes the role as backbone organisation. Funding support is being extended by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Sookjai Foundation and the TAT. The intention is to extend the movement to other countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Ms. Georginia Nepomuceno, Regional Cooperation Specialist under the ADB-administered GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) said, “Organic Tourism could be a powerful tool for sustainable development – improving farmer livelihoods, people’s health and the environment.”

She said the plan to expand the Organic Tourism agenda was formed at the sidelines of the Second GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-2) in September 2017 in Siem Reap. Both the MTCO and Sampran Riverside were speakers at the AMM-2 policy forum.

“The AMM-2 endorsed the Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-based Value Chains in the GMS and Siem Reap Action Plan 2018-2022. It aims to strengthen commitment to food security and safety, increase market access for small producers, and promote cross-sectoral collaboration between agriculture, tourism, environment, health, among others.”

Over the next few months, a number of activities will be rolled out, starting with the 4th Sookjai Organic Festival at Sampran Riverside on 15-17 December 2017 and the 1st Organic Tourism Social Lab on 18-20 January 2018 followed by a second one in February 2018.

The campaign will also be publicised at various travel trade events such as the Mekong Tourism Forum in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand on 27-29 June and ITB Asia in October 2018.

The MTCO plans to publish a Mekong Trends Snapshot Report on Organic Tourism, with key insights from the meetings, as well as case studies. It is projected for release at the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism.

Klm เพิ่มการตอบข้อความอัตโนมัติในการสนทนากับลูกค้า

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BANGKOK MRT HERO NAMED PRASARANA’S GREATEST STAFF 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Train driver Saravan Subramaniam, whose heroic act helped prevent a train derailment tragedy involving the MRT Purple Line Bangkok in Thailand last year, has been named the Prasarana Group’s greatest staff for 2017.

In a statement here today, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad said Saravanan, who is also the recipient of Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) Special Award for Rail Staff at the Industry Award ceremony last October, defeated four other finalists to win the the Prasarana Employee Appreciation and Recognition for Life (PEARL) Award in the Public Commendation category at the ceremony held at the Putra World Trade Centre last Friday.

Relating the incident in March 2016, Saravanan said he was on a temporary attachment with the MRT Bangkok Purple Line service and was driving the train, which was on its Testing & Commissioning phase, when he felt that there was something wrong with the train movement and quickly stopped the train or further inspection.

His quick action had indeed avoid a train derailment as inspections confirmed that the train had suffered major technical problem.

Meanwhile, Prasarana’s team responsible for developing the special Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Southern Line (MMMSL) Hiring & Webinar Cloud Hosting to facilitate the recruitment and management of staff online received the award in the Compliance of Prasarana Noble Values category.

Eight members of the team were Nurul Haszeli Ahmad, Mohd Nizar Abd Azik, Hazrul Nizzam Sidek, Mohd Abdul Hanan, Suhaimi Maidin, Anuar Mustafa, Muhammad Nor Hafiz Yaacob, Shek Mohd Fahmi and the late Amiza Abdul Aziz, who died in Makkah prior to the commencement of the MMMSL this year.

During the ceremony, Prasarana also presented token of appreciation to its retirees and prizes for the winners of the various Innovative and Creative Circle contests held locally and abroad.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

THAI PM WANTS DEPUTY TO SORT OUT LUXURY WATCH CONTROVERSY

BANGKOK, � The raging controversy over Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan’s luxury watch is a personal matter which needs to be sorted out between him and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

According to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, no one has tried to protect Prawit over the issue.

“This is a matter of the NACC and it is General Prawit’s personal business. He has proceeded on his own (on the matter). Nobody has tried to protect him,” he told the media after chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Government House here yesterday.

Prayut has faced mounting pressure from political parties and non-governmental organisations to take action on his deputy who was spotted wearing a luxury watch and diamond ring during a photo session for the new Cabinet recently.

Both luxury items were not declared to the NACC when Prawit took office in 2014.

Monday, Thai Constitution Protection Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya urged the Prime Minister to use Article 44 to temporarily suspend Prawit from his Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister posts, pending conclusion of the investigation.

Prawit had said he would explain the issue over his watch and diamond ring to the NACC soon.

Netizens and observers in Thailand suspected the luxury watch at the centre of the controversy to be Richard Mille brand and valued between four and 10 million Baht (about RM506,000 to RM1.3 million).

Meanwhile, Prayut, who is also head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said the government had intially agreed to use Article 44 to extend more time to political parties to update their membership under a recently-passed organic law related to political activities.

The organic law which took effect last October will expire early next year.

“The NCPO’s meeting agreed to use Article 44 to resolve the problem, to extend more time so the people, old and new political parties will have more time for activities such as updating membership and others,” said Prayut.

Since seizing power through a coup in 2014, the military-led government has suspended all political activities in the country, leading to widespread criticism including from the international community.

The government has promised to lift the ban on political activities and hold the widely-anticipated general election sometime next year which will mark Thailand’s return to democratic rule.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK WORKSHOP ISSUES STATEMENT TO PROMOTE INTER, INTRA-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

BANGKOK, Thailand � A two-day strategic workshop which ended here today has issued a six- point ‘Joint Bangkok Statement’ to promote better inter and intra-religious dialogue in South and Southeast Asia.

The workshop was a joint initiative of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Interreligious Council of Thailand, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies-Mahidol University and Fatoni University.

A mix of religious and civil society leaders, policy makers and government representatives attended the workshop to identify the challenges facing religious communities across the two regions, and they agreed to pursue the points contained in the joint statement.

“Encourage inter-religious and faith-based organisations as well as religious and traditional leaders to promote greater inter and intra-religious dialogue for peaceful coexistence, harmony and development in South and Southeast Asia,” says the statement.

The statement also calls for development of a broader range of capacity-building activities including awareness raising and training programmes to promote skills building in inter and intra-religious dialogue, conflict resolution, mediation and policy advocacy.

It wants the government and agencies to mainstream curriculum design, content development and educational practices and put in place mechanisms that promote inter-faith coexistence and multicultural understanding.

The fourth point of the joint statement calls on the participants to advocate and positively contribute towards the establishment and strengthening of policies at local, national and regional reconciliations.

The fifth point urges the sharing of best practices for enhancing inter-faith coexistence, while the last point calls for enhanced partnership among inter-religious and faith-based organisations, and the leaders with the policy makers in the region.

It is acknowledged that although there are distinct religious differences, the challenges facing countries across the regions are broadly similar.

It cites some of the common challenges as misunderstanding or distorted understanding of religion, the politicisation of religion, rise of extremism and radicalisation, the irresponsible use of media and social media in how religion is perceived in society, and socio-economic inequity and marginalisation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK