Two Thai destinations win awards in Germany for sustainable tourism

Two Thai locations have won prestigious awards in Germany for sustainable tourism. The locations are the island of Koh Mak, positioned within the jap Trat province, and Huay Pu Keng village in the northern Mae Hong Son province.
The two picturesque areas received prime spots on the Green Destinations Story Awards held at ITB Berlin 2023 in Germany. The awards ceremony honours essentially the most inspirational initiatives for sustainable tourism growth across six classes from submissions to the annual Green Destinations Top a hundred Stories competition.
The six categories are: governance, reset & recovery, nature & surroundings, surroundings & local weather, tradition & tradition, thriving communities, and enterprise & marketing.
Huay Pu Keng village won first place within the Thriving Communities class. The village was recognised for its good practices in community-based tourism, Bangkok Post reported. The village is home to the long-neck Karen neighborhood. Village locals obtained capacity-building training for promoting environmentally pleasant practices amongst residents and visitors.
Koh Mak island gained second place in the governance, reset & recovery category. The director of Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, and the chairman of the Koh Mak Tambon Administrative Organisation, received the award in Berlin yesterday.
Koh Mak was only beaten by Normandy in France. In third place was Oguni Town in Japan.
Koh Mak was chosen by the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) to be Thailand’s first low-carbon destination.
Koh Mak has gone through fairly a journey to attain this status. In 2015, DASTA launched three campaigns in Koh Mak. The first campaign “Eat it Fresh” focused on campaigning for restaurant operators, motels, and resorts on Koh Mak to buy seafood regionally, and grow fruit and veggies freed from pesticides. The second marketing campaign was “Help Koh Mak counting to 10,000 trees.” The third marketing campaign was “A Good Host.” The campaign encouraged Koh Mak residents to raised their communities by actively decreasing their carbon footprints.
Inexpensive appear to have been successful in making Koh Mak a sustainable tourism vacation spot..

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