Marine Dept reveals transport industry facelift


BANGKOK, July 2015 – The Marine Department has unveiled its plan to revamp the marine transport services and organize a big event to boost tourism.

Director-General Chula Sukmanop said the Marine Department has begun to improve 17 ports in Bangkok and nearby provinces. Renovations include expanding passenger waiting areas, refurbishing facilities, and landscaping. The project is 15 percent complete.

As part of the plan to develop the country into the marina hub of Southeast Asia, the department has planned to organize a yacht festival showcasing more than 150 yachts and luxury boats. The event is expected to draw at least 3,000 visitors globally, giving publicity to marine tourism.

The Marine Department has also set aside a budget of 30 million baht to improve sea ports and boost border transport, trade and tourism.