OTOP in Ko Chang gains popularity during high season

Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand

Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand: Flickr.com

The One Tambon One Product (OTOP) Center in Ko Chang gains popularity among Thai and foreign tourists, especially during tourism’s high-season.

The Trat OTOP Center was established in November 2008 by the Trat Community Development Provincial office, with an aim to offer and promote local products among Thai and foreign travelers.

To mark their one year anniversary, the chairperson and the committee of the Trat OTOP Center stated that monthly revenues have significantly increased from 3,000 THB to about 100,000 THB since the founding of the center.

Most OTOP products are made from several groups of locals in the Ko Chang district. Products include shrimp paste (Ko Chang), dried shrimp, salted fish, preserved durian, produce from coconut oil, appliances and souvenirs. The OTOP project aims to promote local handicrafts and products from each village in order to bring in more revenue for villagers and local groups. (NNT)