BANGKOK, Thailand The Tourism and Sports Ministry, and the six nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are teaming up to push Thailand's Nakhon Phanom northeastern province as a new hub of tourism and trade for the region, the Bangkok Post reported.

The tourism minister, governor of Nakhon Phanom province and head of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) said the province has high potential to attract more tourists, both local and foreign.

The province can also be developed as a new cross-border trade route with Laos and other GMS nations as well as a new domestic tourism hub for the Northeast.

Nakhon Phanom governor, Somchai Vitdamrong said more than 1.2 million tourists visited the province last year but only 10 per cent of them were foreigners.

The province projects tourist arrivals to reach more than 1.5 million this year.

"The entire Northeast gained only 2.9 per cent of the country's tourism income of 2.7 trillion baht (US$84.5 billion). However, there are several infrastructure projects being built that are expected to facilitate the increase in visitors," Somchai said.

Nakhon Phanom is famous for Buddhism tourism, adventure activities, and cultural and natural resources.

Source: NAM News Network