Thailand National Park of Ecotourism Community Involvement Mechanism: A Case study on Doi Inthanon National Park

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jiraya meemana Zhang Yujun

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Ecotourism is one of the sector that is fastest growing globally, including Thailand. The government has developed its national parks and marine parks to be prime destination for ecotourism. Ecotourism became an important element in generating income for the country due to its potential in offering opportunity to the local people. Its not only sustain the conservation of the environment, but also improve the welfare and socioeconomic of local people. This paper highlights on the community involvement mechanism in ecotourism of Doi Inthanon National Park. Despite of in-depth interview, a questionnaire survey of about 302 household living within Doi Inthanon National Park were collected. The paper recommends that the community involvement in ecotourism in Doi Inthanon


National Park is moderate. This paper recommends that the authorities to provide need-based training and establish a proper management to encourage local peoples optimize the benefit from ecotourism in Doi Inthanon National Park.  

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