BANGKOK, 23 December 2016 (NNT) – The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Association (DASTA) has introduced two new tourism routes specifically for sailing and yachting, seeking to attract more quality tourists to the country.

Deputy Director-General of DASTA Suthep Keasang made known that the total worth of the sailing and yachting industry of Thailand each year is over 21 billion baht. Most of the customers in this segment are also found to be quality tourists.

In an effort to further expand the market for sailing and yachting, DASTA has been cooperating with the Royal Thai Navy, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the private sector and seaside communities to formulate routes for such activities. Thus far, they have been able to come up with two new routes in the eastern region, one between Pattaya and Koh Chang and the other between Koh Chang and Koh Kong of Cambodia.

To accompany the sailing and yachting routes, tour packages have also been drawn up to engage customers in eco-friendly activities and allow them to experience local communities’ lifestyles during their trip. A target has been set to promote Thailand’s east coast as a center of sailing and yachting in the region, connecting the country with ASEAN neighbors by sea.