Dr. Suwatra Sittilor, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, jointly signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the certification of Muay Thai camps overseas with the executives of both agencies, honorable guests and media attending the event on May 31, 2013, at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. RatchadamnoenNok Avenue, Bangkok.

Dr. Suwatra said that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, as the main agency for the promotion and development of sports in the country recognizes the importance of Muay Thai sport which constitutes the art of self-defense culture of Thailand, enhancing added-value economic from Muay Thai business and creating revenue from sport tourism because foreigners are keened on watching and practicingMuay Thai, no matter it is a trip into the country for trainingor practicing in the overseas training premises.

Meanwhile,Muay Thai has been taught in more than 3,869 athletes in 36 countries; thus, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports joined hand with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs preparingthe Memorandum of Cooperationto certifyMuay Thai camp overseas for a period of three years, with the consultation of experts on theMuay Thai sports from Department of Physical Education and the Sports Authority of Thailand. The purposes of the activities are to encourage entrepreneurs of Muay Thai camps to bringthe Muay Thai camp standard criteria to improve the operation of the Muay Thai camps in the foreign countries, in order to get the international acknowledge the standard level of Muay Thai sports and Muay Thai camp as anenhancement of Muay Thai enterprisesabroad, including the promotion and dissemination of knowledge on the martial arts of Thailand, and related products and services in the international market, resulting in bringing revenue into the country.

Source: Ministry of Tourism and Sport Thailand