Level of Citizen Participation in Local Tourism Development Planning: A Case Study of Srisakes Province


Abstract
This study deals with the level of citizen involvement in tourism development planning process in Srisakes province, one of top major cultural tourism destinations in northeast region of Thailand. The result indicates the low level of participation in tourism policy formation. The participation mostly is limited to local government and related business. Moreover, the government perception on citizen participation is quite contrary to that of the community. While the government actions aim to allow more involvement of local people in cultural events and other kinds of tourism activities (e.g., local guide, cultural performers, etc.), citizen involvement in planning process is limited to the role of informants and resources providers. Their involvement mostly occurs at the initial stage of identifying problems and being consulted but less in formation of tourism development plan and sharing the decision-making.

Keywords: community participation, citizen involvement, tourism development

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Monsicha Bejrananda,
Assisitant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning Program,
Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut's Institute of Technolocy Ladkrabang (KMITL)

Patchareerat Harnchai,
Graduate student in Urban and Environmental Planning Program,
Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut's Institute of Technolocy Ladkrabang (KMITL)

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