Exploring the Quality Standard of Ecotourism Destination in Pangsida National Park, Sa Kaew Province

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Payoon Dasri
Kanokkarn Kaewnuch

Abstract

          This research is to explore quality standard of ecotourism destination in Pangsida National Park, Sa Kaew Province. The objectives of the research are: 1) to assess the standard of ecotourism destination, 2) to examine four main quality elements of ecotourism destination; a) potential in being an ecotourism destination, b) management in land use, c) management in supplying knowledge and awareness to tourists, and d) the cooperation of local people. The sample are 5 groups of people from different occupation, 30 people for each group. The tool used for collecting data is a questionnaire on the quality standard of ecotourism destination from Department of Tourism. The statistical analysis used are mean and percentage.


          The results of the study revealed that the quality standard of ecotourism destination in Pangsida National Park is in good level. The result of four main quality elements of ecotourism destination is in good level in every element.


          The guidelines on ecotourism in Pangsida National Park are as follows 1) the ecotourism development should include the quality standards and carry the capacity of destination, 2) ecotourism activities need collaboration from all sectors of the community, 3) ecotourism requires sustainability in natural and cultural protection, and 4) the management of ecotourism in Pangsida National Park should be considered as the World Heritage Pangsida National Park.


 

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