According to Thailand newspaper the Nation, a “Thailand Tourism Gateway”, an e-portal which will consist of many platforms including websites and applications. An agreement was signed by both the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
The project is due to provide comprehensive information for travellers on popular tourism sites. It would integrate information on transportation, activities, accommodation, gastronomy and culture among others. The concentration of all information into a single portal will help to diversify and raise tourism revenues. A first testing phase will look at providing information for eight major tourism destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket as well as 12 Thailand jewel cities, which are less-known destinations such as Lampang or Trat.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrankul indicated that the project is ” to provide more information for tourists [so that they will] spend more time and money in Thailand. Currently, one tourist spends Bt5,000 per day and 9.5 days per trip” on average, she said.