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GIS developed for Thailand

Thailand, 10 July 2006: The Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) has developed an infrastructure for GIS, which contains information on tourism and related services in five provinces, for distribution to travel websites free of charge. This move is expected to not only promote tourism in Thailand but also open markets for local software developers.

Panutat Tejasen, SIPA Chiang Mai branch manager, said the agency had developed GIS for Thailand’s Tourism Collaborative Commerce (TTCC) project to gather information on tourism and related services after purchase of map engines from local companies to make further developments. The programme itself comes with an open application program interface, in order to allow webmasters to develop and add more applications as required.

“To collect accurate and up-to-date information, we hired people to ride motorcycles equipped with GPS receivers to go around Chiang Mai collecting locations and details of each tourism destination for the electronic base map,” said Panutat. Once the GIS for Thailand’s TTCC infrastructure has been completely developed, it will be available for free download at www.chiangmai.ttcc.org