On January 25th, 2024, Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, the Council President of the Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, presided over the 8th Fossil Festival 2024 under the concept of World Paleontopolis at the Mall Korat.
Suwat publicly stated that the Fossil Festival was an important event held from the 25th to the 28th of January as Nakhon Ratchasima was announced as a UNESCO Global Geopark on May 24th, 2023. The festival also publicized the tourism potential in Nakhon Ratchasima, said Suwat.
The geopark covered five districts including Mueang, Sikhio, Sung Noen, Kham Thale So, and Chaloem Phra Kiat.
Furthermore, Nakhon Ratchasima was one of the four provinces in the world to be a UNESCO Triple Heritage City including World Heritage: Dong Phaya Yen, Khao Yai, Biosphere Reserve: Sakaerat, and World Geopark: Korat Geopark.
However, only 5% of foreign tourists visited northeast Thailand or Isan. To boost tourism in Isan, Nakhon Ratchasima would initiate world heritage tourism, a UNESCO Triple Heritage City program, including the integration of relevant Thai agencies, and also combining natural and cultural tourism, remarked Suwat.