In order to organize the data and strengthen tourism for the future, government agencies are considering merging the databases of tourism-related agencies, businesses and organizations. They plan to create a unified database to bring all the information together in an organized system.

A campaign was launched, supported by the Department of Tourism, the Department of Provincial Administration and the Department of Support for Health Services who each signed an agreement to create a merger of their databases. Data fusion aims to start with the service sector first.

The database will also benefit public health and safety, as facilities involved in tourism are generally held to higher health standards during the Covid-19 pandemic, so the integration of all their data will provide a more uniform approach to maintaining health security across Thailand.

The Director General of the Ministry of Tourism said the first stage of the project will focus on homestays and similar accommodation, as well as spa and massage businesses which all need to be certified for Covid-19 safety standards. 19.

Once the government has finished assimilating, combining and standardizing all the data from all the different databases, the plan is for agencies to continue collecting their data into a centralized tourism database that then support the recovery and growth of the battered tourism industry during the pandemic, and after in a post-Covid-19 world.

SOURCE: National Information Bureau of Thailand

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