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DASTA joins forces with Mekong Institute to advance tourism in GMS

Sep 29. 2015
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By The Nation

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The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Adminis tration (DASTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mekong Institute to strengthen sustainable tourism in the Greater Mekong Subreg ion (GMS).

The Mekong Institute (MI), an intergovernmental organisation in Khon Kaen, promotes regional cooperation through capacity-building programmes for the countries of the GMS, namely Cambodia, China, |Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, as a GMS-based know ledge centre for policy research and recommendation services on economic integration and development disparities.

Nalikatibhag Sangsnit, director-general of DASTA, said the agency had firmed up this collaborative initiative with MI.

He said this partnership was an ideal platform from which DASTA, as a regional leader on sustainable tourism, would join with MI to advance tourism growth in the region.

MI director Watcharas Leelawath said: "The signing of this document and partnering with an important player in the tourism sector like DASTA is a significant step forward to promote tourism as a driving force for social and economic development."

The MoU provides a framework of cooperation with a |view to promoting DASTA’s successful performance on sustainable tourism, particularly community-based tourism, in the GMS.

The two organisations agreed to a cooperative rela|tionship to identify and develop programmes and activities |such as training, policy dialogues and research on sustainable tourism in the sub-region.

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