The Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Dr Panlop Singhaseni has suggested that Hua Hin could be elevated as a sporting destination with the promotion of more water based sporting activities to promote tourism.
The governor said that Hua Hin has many running events and gave the example of Mr. Krip Rojanastien of the Preserve Hua Hin Group who has organised such events every year. This has meant that many runners from a variety of countries have come to compete. In May this year he has promoted the Hua Hin Marathon at the Krailart Niwate at Khao Takiab as the venue for the event. In addition to running sports, the governor is eager to see water sports, beach sports and sports on the seas especially sailing and regattas. Fishing competitions could also be considered.
As the previous vice governor of Phuket; Dr Panlop is well aware that Phuket is the province with the highest profile for water sports, which are popular for foreigners. He would like Prachuap Khiri Khan to learn from that example. He believes that water sports which provide opportunities for participation in competition could enhance and promote tourism in the province and create the excitement. April, which is the summer of Thailand, presents opportunities for these activities.
Hua Hin is considered to have a very high potential for tourism, but the governor is looking for more cooperation between the private and public sectors to organise more activities, particularly sporting activities to reach that potential and to raise the level of Hua Hin to become a sports city to attract visiting tourists.