Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket duo win Tourism Thailand competition

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A Phuket-based duo, comprising Richard Brownsdon from UK and Vimalin Chalermporn from Thailand, were recently selected as the winners of “The Little Big Project”, a Thai destination promotion and development competition.

Mr Brownsdon and Ms Vimalin won the competition with their project, which focused on “responsible eco-tourism and marine conservation in Phuket”, executed in collaboration with openmindprojects.org.

Since May of this year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s online “Voluntourism” campaign received an overwhelming response of 4,695 applicants from around the world – which was shortlisted to just 10 finalists – five teams of two – vying to raise US$5,000 for tourism development initiatives, during the course of a 2-week stay in Thailand.

Throughout the past three months, all finalists showed their volunteering spirits with project development activities in five chosen areas, namely Phuket, Phang Nga, Chiang Rai, Petchaburi and Prachuap Kirikhan.

They also shared their experiences via personalized blogs and online media, with the winner determined by racking up the highest number of votes through designated social media channels.

The project’s organizers say the campaign has created global awareness and inspired huge numbers of travellers from around the world to examine the emerging volunteering-based toursim trend going on in Thailand, with over 5 million views checking in on the project via social media.

TAT Governor stated, “The Little Big Project is the first online campaign in Asia to promote the new trend of “volunteering while travelling,” more commonly known as Voluntourism, which is a response to the new generation of travellers whose attitude is to make a difference and make the world a better place, starting with themselves.”

He announced that the digital campaign won the inaugural Digital Innovation Asia Awards as the most influential initiative to highlight the growing industry trend of Voluntourism.

“The award was conferred by Digital Innovation Asia with the support of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, and we are glad to see that our efforts have been recognized,” he said proudly.

TAT’s Governor further emphasized, “The most important benefit of this campaign was to give the project participants new perspectives on life, some of which will certainly be formative and which they can always share with their friends, families and loved ones about how wonderful their experiences in amazing Thailand really were.”

The editor notes that even volunteering in Thailand technically still requires a work permit.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Events1 hour ago

Meatfest will host meat cooking and eating contests in Pattaya

Thailand1 hour ago

Shopee Thailand to lay off about 10% of employees

Thailand1 hour ago

VIDEO: Colossal crocodile stomps through road in eastern Thailand

Sponsored3 hours ago

Starting a business and obtaining SMART Visa in Thailand is easy with Startup Booster

Thailand2 hours ago

Dogs abandoned by foreigner in Chiang Mai are adopted

Events2 hours ago

Phuket Vegetarian Festival underway, avoid firecrackers

Politics2 hours ago

Burmese beauty queen granted safe haven in Canada

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Weather3 hours ago

Tropical Storm Noru to hit northeast Thailand on Thursday

Thailand3 hours ago

Pattaya announces set prices & legal selling hours for beach services | GMT

Travel17 hours ago

10 Isan food you need to try at least once

Thailand18 hours ago

VIDEO: Floods tear through highway in northeast Thailand

Crime18 hours ago

13 murdered, including 7 kids by Russian neo-Nazi

Thailand19 hours ago

Vegetarian Festival on Yaowarat Road starts today

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Baht continues surge against strong dollar

Bangkok20 hours ago

VIDEO: Fire falls like rain from communication cables in Bangkok

Thailand20 hours ago

Father allegedy kills daughter’s cat for stealing his meatballs

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending