Guide training at World Heritage site
SUKHOTHAI, 24 April 2014: Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, earlier this week, with UNESCO to develop local guide training at Sukhothai Historical Park.
DASTA director, Nalik-atipak Saengsanit, said the MoU will support a Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide Training Programme in the form of a matching fund budget of Bt3 to Bt3.5 million during 2014 to 2015.
“The programme will focus on developing trainers (Train The Trainers) to make local people knowledgeable, so that they can work as guides in the historical park.”
If successful, similar efforts could be rolled out to improve services at other World Heritage sites in Thailand, using the Sukhothai partnership as a business model.
According to UNESCO, the programme focuses on training local guides and involving members of the community in the task of conserving heritage. The guides graduating from the programme will be able to work at the park and offer more information to visitors.
Initiated in 2005, the training programme has been successful in other World Heritage sites across Asia, including Laos, Macau, China and Vietnam.
The historic town of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet, were inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1991 in recognition of their outstanding universal value.