Speed up nomination Nan as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site

Srettha said Speed up nomination Nan as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site
Srettha said Speed up nomination Nan as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site

PM orders concerned agencies to speed up nomination of Nan province as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site.

Chai Wacharonke, Government spokesman said the cabinet meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin disclosed that he has instructed Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ministry of Culture to expedite nomination of Nan province as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site.

PM also ordered Ministry of Transport to rush in improving the province’s transport system, particularly the expansion of Nannakorn Airport.

Upgrade Nannakorn Airport as an international airport

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin

PM said as Nan and Luang Prabang, the old capital of Laos, are twin cities, and as the latter has been inscribed on the World Heritage List,

if Nan is to be award World Heritage status, it would boost tourism of the two cities. Tourists who visit Luang Prabang would naturally consider traveling to Nan. It is, therefore, necessary to revamp Nannakorn Airport as an international airport.

Cabinet in Phayao agreed to nominate Nan as world heritage

The cabinet has endorsed the Culture Ministry’s proposal to nominate Nan province as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site,

highlighting the province’s cultural richness, including its archaeological sites, ethnic diversity, and local knowledge.

The approval came during a mobile cabinet meeting on March 19 at Phayao province.

According to the Culture Ministry, with a budget of at least seven million baht,

the plan seeks to engage the public and enhance awareness of Nan’s historical significance.

Approximately two million baht will be allocate for awareness-raising activities, including the development of an e-book on Nan’s cultural heritage. The remaining five million baht will support academic assessments necessary for UNESCO’s nomination criteria, focusing on the province’s archaeological sites.

The project, set to begin later this year, aligns with the prime minister’s vision of linking Nan with Luang Prabang in Laos,

both culturally and as part of a broader cultural tourism strategy.

This two-city World Heritage nomination initiative is expect to promote Thailand’s cultural tourism sector, leveraging the nation’s soft power in the process.

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