DEVELOPMENT School of Political and Social Science : University of Phayao

The Mechanisms of Tourism Management in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Case of Phulomlo and Networked Areas, Thailand

Sustainable tourism has been a mainstream issue of concern for more than a decade. In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was released and adopted by all United Nations member states. It acknowledged 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that contain a blueprint for urgent action for peace and prosperity for the people and the planet. This paper focuses on the mechanisms of tourism management that work toward achieving the SDGs. There are two mechanisms, a supportive mechanism and an operational mechanism, that address the question of how to achieve the SDGs by employing tourism as a tool. Phulomlo, Thailand, was selected as a case study. Data was collected through observation notes, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and documentation. The results show that there is a concrete operational mechanism in Phulomlo, but that there is a need for a more robust supportive mechanism from the government to facilitate improvement in achieving the SDGs.