Proposed 'Riviera Thailand' project aims to boost tourism in the south

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak wants the project to boost tourism in the southern Thai provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong.
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak wants the project to boost tourism in the southern Thai provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong.PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has asked the Tourism and Sports Ministry to propose a "Riviera Thailand" project during a Cabinet retreat in Phetchaburi due to be held on Tuesday (March 6).

Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said on Monday that the deputy prime minister wanted the project to boost tourism in the southern Thai provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong, which are located along the Andaman coast.

Mr Weerasak said Mr Somkid had noticed that Thai holidaymakers, especially those from Bangkok, always visited the seaside tourist spots on the Gulf of Thailand to the east of the country, but visit the western side less often.

The project would likely boost tourism to communities along the Andaman coast, Mr Weerasak added.