fishing boat building and repair, micro credit and
Support to Recovery of Tourism
revolving fund management training for village level
Many of the worst affected areas in Thailand were busy
fishing organizations, and training in alternative
tourist destinations.  Tourism in the region was the
marine based livelihoods such as sea farming and off 
most important source of revenue and the biggest
shore cage culture.
40
  Meanwhile in the short term, as
provider of livelihoods, both in the formal and informal
the fishermen try to rebuild their livelihoods with the
sectors.  A key priority of the RTG was therefore the
help of these initiatives, fuel prices have risen by an
rehabilitation of the tourism infrastructure, and initiatives
unprecedented 40%,
41
 stifling their recovery.  Some
to get the tourists to return to these destinations.
fishing communities have set up petrol funds to cope
with this additional challenge.
42
In February 2005, the World Tourism Organization
(WTO) convened a meeting of tourism experts from
Support to Recovery of Small Businesses
42 countries, the private sector and several interna 
The RTG supported small businesses in order for them
tional organizations. The meeting produced the Phuket
to restart their livelihoods, and had provided USD 2.5
Action Plan (PAP) to speed recovery in the affected
million by November 2005.
destinations and to restore travellers  confidence.  The
PAP focused on the "human element," developing
The Ministry of Labour provided USD 5 million for
assistance to unemployed tourism workers, "saving
creating jobs and upgrading skills for workers who
jobs, re launching small tourism related businesses
were rendered jobless by the tsunami.
and recovering the visitor flow that makes these
Table 14: Government Support to Unemployed Workers
Province
Department of Labour
Protection and Welfare
Krabi
Phang Nga
Phuket
Ranong
Satun
Trang
Employment project
Budget (USD)
772,389 1,261,700
643,657
128,731
1,290
1,290
Number of beneficiaries
6,000
9,800
5,000
1,000
100
100
Job provision
Budget (USD)
1,826
2,435
1,826
1,522
1,217
1,217
Number of beneficiaries
6,000
10,000
5,000
1,000
500
500
Labour transfering service
Budget (USD)
2,191
2,557
1,461
1,461
365
730
Number of beneficiaries
300
350
200
200
50
100
Job creation project
I
Budget (USD)
46,769
46,769
52,615
35,077
17,538
23,384
MA
Number of beneficiaries
160
160
180
120
60
80
N
Job training project
US
Budget (USD)
87,655
136,742
718,733
50,840
50,840
50,840
 TEH
Number of beneficiaries
800
1,248
6,560
464
464
464
 T
Investment project
O T
Budget (USD)
980,286
ESN
Number of beneficiaries
28,340
O
Total
PSE
Budget (USD)
911,007 1,450,488 1,418,623
217,674
82892
89,105
980,286
 R S
Number of beneficiaries
13,260
21,558
16,940
2,784
1,174
1,244
28,340
DN
Source: DDPM website, November 2005
AILAH T
40
 Report of Joint FAO/MOAC Detailed Technical Damages and Needs Assessment Mission in Fisheries and Agriculture Sectors in Tsunami
 2
Affected Six Provinces in Thailand, 11 24 January 2005
TR
41
 World Bank, December, 2005
42
PA
 Rebuilding Lives, Reviving Communities After the Tsunami, Save Andaman Network, 9 month progress report, January September, 2005
28
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