Chonburi public servants take in tourist attractions in five-day ‘study’ trip to Japan

Friday, 07 March 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By  Urasin Khantaraphan

Chonburi government workers spent five days visiting Japanese tourist attractions in the name of studying administration techniques and to adapt experiences to better manage the province.

Nearly 30 Pattaya and Chonburi council members, administrators and bureaucrats enjoyed hot springs, took a ride on a pirate ship, watched the Tokyo Marathon, and visited temples and national parks during the publicly financed Feb. 20-25 junket.

Nearly 30 Pattaya and Chonburi council members, administrators and bureaucrats finished a series preparation lectures from Burapha University lecturers on ways to improve their work in administration before heading off to Japan.Nearly 30 Pattaya and Chonburi council members, administrators and bureaucrats finished a series preparation lectures from Burapha University lecturers on ways to improve their work in administration before heading off to Japan.

Organizers justified the trip as an opportunity to compare management techniques between Thailand and Japan and adapt experiences and knowledge to improve Chonburi local governments. The expected benefit is that those getting the international trip will come back and brainstorm ideas, summarize information and experiences and draft strategies to develop tourism, sports and environment management.

The travel itinerary was comprised of field trips to natural tourism destinations along with a lecture at Hakone National Park. Pubic servants visited a sulfur-rich spring famous for its egg-boiling temperature, took a pirate ship ride at Ashi Lake, sat for a lecture at Heiwa Koen Memorial Peace Park, trekked up Mt. Fuji, stopped at the Tokyo Marathon Expo to observe the marathon, browsed through Edo-Tokyo Museum, and listened to a speech at the Meiji Jingu shrine.

Before the city development, environmental management, tourism and sports workers could jet off for the Land of the Rising Sun, however, they were required to sit through a series “preparation” lectures from Burapha University lecturers on ways to improve their work in administration at the Trio Hotel Feb. 19.

Passorn Sriviset, Vichien Tansirimongkol, and Wansom Ananat spoke on the need to focus on “involvement, outcome, happy citizens and sustainability.”

Passorn said a leader must have leadership qualities at heart, must be a talented individual, good and possess charm. “The leader is one who bring smiles and happiness to others,” he said.

He added that technology has complicated their work as administrators, including factors that have led to climate change.

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