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Thailand Rolls Out ‘Healthy Homestays’ to Squeeze More Out of Thai Tourists

The HomeStay Baan Suan Mea Ta Homestay in Prachin Buri.

Thai officials continue their attempts to squeeze blood out the domestic-tourism turnip, launching yet another Thai-traveler program, this one based on around “healthy homestays”.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn unveiled the Healthy Homestay campaign in Prachin Buri’s Ban Dong Community in Si Maha Phot District on Tuesday.

Residents there are offering community-based tourism activities and accommodations while promoting health wisdom and herbal medicines.

Department of Tourism Director-General Anan Wongbenjarat said Sept. 1 that many accommodations now are certified as complying with the department’s Thai homestay standard, which will help raise the profile of tourism opportunities in local communities while preserving the environment and local livelihoods.

He said activities offered at each homestay, as well as the hospitality of the hosts, will leave a good impression with visitors, while health and safety aspects should be incorporated into services including a healthy food menu, meditation classes, and a protocol for patient referral in cases of emergency, along with the general safety.

Anan said these enhancements will help upgrade community-based tourism to health conscious tourism, which will attract more visitors to local communities.