IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(10): 688-692 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.908

An Application of Backcasting Approach to Sustainable Tourism Development: A Case Study of Nakorn Chum, Thailand

Thip-Arphorn Sawangpol
Abstract—The paper presents the analysis of the sustainable tourism development strategies in Nakorn Chum Sub-district, Kamphaeng Phet Province, Thailand. The backcasting approach has been used as a framework to seek for the desirable image of the future for the community in terms of tourism development along with the preservation of fundamental resources and cultural assets of the community. This community is composed of historical sites and antiquities with well-preserved traditional arts and cultures. However, the community is situated in remote and isolated area which is lack of maintenance and limited precise directions. This creates major problems in developing effective and sustainable tourism development to the community. The findings of this paper show the analysis and development scenario of the community’s future perspective and goals. The proposed framework of this paper is called Sustainable Nakorn Chum Model (SNC Model). This SNC Model focuses mainly on supporting the community to survive and be self-sufficient by using the fundamental resources that they already have yet, preserving the traditional charm and uniqueness of the community. This framework is not only for meeting the present, but also future generations’ needs. Therefore, the SNC Model can be applicable to other community-based tourism development areas in long-term planning.

Index Terms—Backcasting, community-based study, sustainable tourism.

Thip-Arphorn Sawangpol is with Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand (e-mail: tipaporn.pol@dpu.ac.th).

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Cite: Thip-Arphorn Sawangpol, "An Application of Backcasting Approach to Sustainable Tourism Development: A Case Study of Nakorn Chum, Thailand," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 688-692, 2017.

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