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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is ready to launch a special workshop next month to develop the abilities of people in various professions to serve as eyes and ears of the nation in a bid to prop up tourist confidence.
Following violent incidents in the southern region, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul asserted that her ministry will be responsible for all medical expenses of tourists who were injured in the attacks. In response to safety concerns, she said relevant agencies have been entrusted with helping restore confidence among foreign tourists.
In this regard, Ms Kobkarn made known that a project called “Ta Sapparod” or “Pineapple Eyes” will commence this September, aiming to train participants on how to detect suspicious individuals or objects and how to assist authorities in maintaining safety in tourist attractions. Each workshop will be open to a maximum of 100 participants, who are expected to come from tourism-related professions, such as receptionists, bellboys, security guards, drivers and tour guides.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Pongpanu Svetarundra confirmed that Thailand is ready to host the World Tourism Day 2016 under the theme “Tourism for All, Promoting Universal Accessibility” from September 26-29 in Bangkok and Khon Kaen, believing the event will lend a significant boost to Thai tourism.