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Full name in Thai: ongkan borihan kan phatthana phuen thi
phiset phuea kan thong thiao yang yangyuen (ongkan mahachon)
Initials in Thai: o pho tho 
Full name in English: Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism
Administration (Public Organization)
Initials in English: DASTA


 

Background

 

      DASTA has been established in accordance with the provision
in the royal decree establishing the Designated Areas for
Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization) B.E.2546
(A.D.2003) published in the royal gazette issue 120, section 49 ko
dated 2 June 2003, and DASTA has started its operation since 1
October 2003.

 

     DASTA is set up as a public organization, with the roles
and responsibilities over sustainable tourism operation, through
coordination for integrated administration of areas with valuable
tourism resources, with more flexibility and promptness in operation
than that of government agencies and state enterprises, as an
important driving force in the administration of the country's tourism
industry both in short and long terms.

 

DASTA's roles and duties:

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       DASTA has been established to take up duties as the unit to
formulate policies and administrative plans for designated areas for
sustainable tourism, including coordination with government
agencies in the capital, local agencies, and the civil sector, so as to
forge cooperation in the development of tourist destinations in
designated areas for sustainable tourism, striking a balance among
economic, social and environmental developments, while retaining
the natural beauty of the places, appropriate environment and fine
culture and tradition, as impressive tourist destinations for Thai and
foreign tourists to be reminded of and to revisit in the future.
According to the royal decree establishing DASTA B.E.2546
(2003) published in the Royal Gazette, page 2, issue 120, section 49

ko, dated 2 June 2003, the objectives and authorities of DASTA have
been defined as follows:

1)  Objectives

    (1) Coordinating tourism administration with government
agencies, state enterprises, local administrative organizations, or
other state units with authority, or assigned to administer tourism at
national, regional or local levels.
    (2) Coordinating the use of authority by government
agencies, state enterprises, local administrative organizations, or
other state units with authority and duties concerning the
development of the economy, society and community, town
planning, tourism environment, or law and order, in order to integrate
sustainable tourism administration.
    (3) Promoting and supporting environmental development
and conservation for sustainable tourism
    (4) Promoting the use of the potentials of various agencies
both in the public and private sectors in developing markets for
tourism
    (5) Promoting and supporting local people and communities
to participate in the conservation and development of tourist
destinations in their own communities
    (6) Promoting and supporting local administrative
organizations and local communities to appreciate and nurture local
art, traditions, wisdom, or admirable cultures
    (7) Promoting the compilation of tourism information
    (8) Promoting the development of areas with potentials in
tourism, so as to create employments and uplift the quality of life and
livelihood in the localities 

2) Authority

    (1) Drawing up and presenting policies and strategic plans
for the administration of designated areas for sustainable tourism to
the Cabinet
    (2) Setting operational plans so as to achieve the objectives
of the policies and strategic plans
    (3) Giving advice and suggestions, as well as joining to solve

problems or obstacles in the administration of sustainable tourism in each designated area
    (4)Following up and evaluating the results of the
administration of sustainable tourism in each designated area
    (5) Proposing to the Cabinet or the Minister for consideration
and decision in cases of problems or obstacles concerning the
coordination in tourism administration in designated areas
    (6) Proposing to the Cabinet for approval or allocation of
budgets for tourism administration and development
    (7) Approving investment and financial plans of the
organization
    (8) Announcing designated areas with the Cabinet's
endorsement and proposing to the Minister the appointments of
consultative committees in those designated areas
    (9) Supervising the operation and general administration of
the organization, as well as issuing rules, regulations,
announcements or terms and conditions concerning personnel and
asset management of the organization, and welfare or other
privileges of practitioners in the organization
    (10) Conducting any other matters of continuous necessity
so as to achieve the objectives of the organization

Philosophy governing the operation

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DASTA maintains equilibrium in 3 dimensions, economic,

social and environmental, for sustainable tourism, with participatory

process.

Organizational values

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Determination, alliance, service mind, and teamwork

    D = Determination To work devotedly, with patience, enthusiasm, and full
determination, to the best of one's ability, while developing each one's
knowledge and ability to always keep up with changes, and to work
professionally as true experts in tourism
    A = Alliance To work in an integrated manner with communities and all
related allies in tourism development
    S = Service Mind To work with volunteer spirit, ready to serve willingly and
sincerely
    T = Teamwork To coordinate a joint operation efficiently, aiming at the success
of the work and the organization, taking in diverse views with
understanding, respect and mutual help
    A = Audience To reach out to the community, opening to both positive and
negative views, with respect to different opinions, and readiness to
improve and develop the work jointly with the community