Bangkok, July 16, 2013 - Since May of this year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s online “Voluntourism” campaign called “The Little Big Project” has witnessed an overwhelming response of 4,695 applicants from around the world. Ten finalists were chosen from the global searchin order to compete and raise $5,000 USD for their volunteering project during the course of a 2-week stay in Thailand. The winner of “The Little Big Project” initiative is Phuket’sTeam ,Richard Brownsdon from UK and Vimalin Chalermporn from Thailand
Throughout the fundraising competition over the past 3 months, all 5 teams (2 finalists per team) have shown their volunteering spirits with project development activities in 5 chosen areas like Phuket, Phangga, Chiang Rai, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan. They have also shared their experiences via personalized blogs and online media, with the winner decided by having received the highest votes from these social media channels.
This has created global awareness and inspired huge numbers of travellers from around the world to examine the emerging volunteering-based toursim trend going on in Thailand with over 5 Millions viewers checking in on the project via social media.
Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, TAT Governor stated,“The Little Big Project is the first online campaign in Asia to promote the new trend of “volunteering while travelling,” more commonly known as Voluntourism, which is a response to the new generation of travellers whose attitude is to make a difference and make the world a better place, starting with themselves.”
He announced proudly that, “The Little Big Project’s Thailand-based Voluntourism digital campaign won the inaugural Digital Innovation Asia Awards as the most influential initiative to highlight the growing industry trend of Voluntourism. The award was conferred by Digital Innovation Asia with the support of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, and we are glad to see that our efforts have been recognized.”