12th Nov 2019
The Ministry of Transport has ordered 28 airports across Thailand to allocate space for the sale of One Tambon One Product (OTOP) products.
On Monday, November 11, Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam said that the plan came after Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd.’s success in promoting local arts and crafts through selling OTOP at airports and in its flights.
“The sale of OTOP products on Thai Airways has resulted in a better economy for artisans in these villages,” Senneam said.
“Travellers at airports and on flights are potential OTOP customers. [Thai Airways] caters to around 24 million passengers each year while 28 rural airports will accommodate 50 million passengers in the near future," he said.
OTOP goods are craft works made by villagers from Ban Huay Wai in the province of Kanchanaburi.
At present, Senneam said that rural airports are already selling goods made by their constituents, such as homespun textiles and handicrafts, which are being sold at Khon Kaen Airport and Krabi Airport, respectively.
"Sale [of goods] at airports will yield large sums for villagers,” Senneam said.
“Anyone who would like to sell their products at airports can ask local administrators for a subsidy and advice about meeting airport standards," he added.