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    North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    More direct flights wanted to region

    This year and the years to come will be vigorously promoted overseas as years for visiting the North in an effort to boost the declining tourist arrivals in the region. The promotion was touted at a meeting of tourism-related agencies chaired by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej in Chiang Mai yesterday.

    The meeting was told that aggressive investment and development steps would be taken to improve and create tourism resources in the region and to accelerate a push for the North to become a major world tourist destination.

    The country's tourism sector will also be made more competitive and private business and tour operators will be encouraged to boost their product standards and services.

    Mr Samak said tourism stimulation policies were necessary in light of the falling tourist numbers in Chiang Mai, the gateway to the region, during the Songkran festival in April.

    He said the government was looking to increase the region's capacity to accommodate more tourists and creating incentives for longer stays.

    He said foreign holidaymakers were not losing confidence in the country despite the ongoing anti-government protests.

    Tourism and Sports Minister Veerasak Kowsurat said last year the country earned 928 billion baht from tourism, 380 billion baht of which was generated by foreign visitors.

    He said it was interesting to note that while foreigners accounted for only 14% of tourists last year, they were responsible for around 40% of the tourism revenue.

    This year, the government projects the tourism revenue would top one trillion baht, he said. The larger slice of the revenue would come from securing new tourist segments.

    Mr Veerasak said his ministry, receiving the fourth smallest budget from the government, would market destinations in the North according to the categories of attractions _ like hot springs, national parks, adventure and the Lanna culture _ the provinces have to offer.

    Veerayut Suwatthako, chairman of the private tourism operators committee, said the committee has presented suggestions to the government for improving the northern tourism infrastructure. The plans also call for the construction of a major convention centre in Chiang Mai by September.

    The quality of transportation and logistical networks must also be boosted.

    Kanok Suwanvisut, chairman of the Thai Hotels Association in the North, said on average hotels in Chiang Mai were only 20% full. The government should step in to help by allowing more direct flights to connect Chiang Mai with the rest of the world.

    Amornpan Nimanan, Lamphun governor, said Lamphun had the potential to attract visitors for its ancient cultural heritage. The province positions itself as one of the birthplaces of the Lanna culture with many old temples and historical sanctuaries. He said it was also possible to organise a tour of the industrial estate in the province.

    Chote Naramonthon, deputy president of Mae Hong Son chamber of commerce, said the transport networks serving the province must be improved to make access to the province easier.

    Bangkok Post

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    if they want to compare figures to previous season's, when Royal Flora Ratchaphruek attracted 3 million visitors within 3 months (95% Thais), they are bound to be disappointed.

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    Quote Originally Posted by Betti View Post
    if they want to compare figures to previous season's, when Royal Flora Ratchaphruek attracted 3 million visitors within 3 months (95% Thais), they are bound to be disappointed.
    Very good point. Also they are not taking into account large price rises in air fares fuel supplements-such as announced by THAI this week-and price rises in general due to fuel prices and other economic issues. The bitter truth is that the North, along with the rest of Thailand, is getting an expensive place to visit in a time when people have less disposable income due to a world recession.

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    Oh, I discussed this issue in another thread too...

    If there are more direct international flights to Chiang Mai, tourists who are concerned with the demonstration in Bangkok can bypass the capital.

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    currently there are direct flights to Hongkong, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur. the runway is simply not long enough for airplanes to take off if they carry more fuel for a longer journey. and of course there are muu baan's right next to the airport so it is impossible to lengthen the runway. a new airport needs to be built further away from the city if intercontinental flights are to take off from here.

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    Does anyone stop to consider that this area is at about the saturation point now for tourists as it has been every years since before I came here 7 years ago, the streets are at gridlock all day now and have been for a number of years, the air is about as bad as anywhere in the country, people are going into the hospitals in greater numbers than ever before because of air pollution and lung malfunctions.
    And no matter what is being said from the chambers of higher govt. the new rules of sanitation and air pollution control are not being paid any attention to, the rules about not dumping garbage along the roads in the outlaying areas and burning it is still and bad as it was 7 years ago when I drove the same roads daily that I drive today and there is just as big a garbage piles on the sides of the roads as there were then, I am going to start carrying my camera and taking pictures and posting them for all to see exactly why tourists do not want to come here and I see no real need for them to be here as this part of the country has reached its saturation point as far as people coming here for a healthy vacation and it sure as hell does nothing for the health of those that live here either.

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    Chiang Mai was the number one destination of Thai tourists in the old times, most Thais in my circle used to be long-time regular tourists of Chiang Mai, it was popular to have a vacation house over there. But in the past 10 years, they sold their Chiang Mai houses, and changed their destination to the South, economy and surging in fuel cost are not the main factors, but many unfavorable issues in Chiang Mai have turned off regular tourists.

    There were some studies of tourism in Chiang Mai almost 10 years ago. These studies indicated the problems, potential decline in tourism if they did not solve the problems, etc. The main point of these studies has become true, drop in number of tourists, problems continue rising and no indication that they will be solved in the near future. Not even mentioned in any kind of these complaints, as long as they still ignore the facts, what they expect. Some said those facts are political issues, untouchable !!!!!!

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    FiP, I agree

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    I have been thinking since I posted here awhile ago, There has been such a change, when I lived here before I got married, I can look left and look in the kitchen windows of the house I used to live in back then.
    And now the road I used to come home from town on and turn left is a divided and light controlled intersection and is the outer ring road,, right after turning left is where there is now a Tesco Lotus market and thats where a dozen loads of garbage were dumped each week and the scavengers would go thru it and then burn it along with all the plastic that wasn't recycled then. You could hardly breath going thru there.
    Now they have built the Laguna Homes in 6 phases so far and on one of the roads between my house in Siriporn Village,[ which is full of nice vacant homes] and the Laguna Phase 2 there is the new dump on the shoulder of the road and it is to wet to burn now, but really look foreward to it when it gets a little drier as thats on my way to RimPing Mee Chok Market.

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    Re: North to be promoted aggressively tourism-wise

    I was planning to come to CM in January, have things gotten any better. In any city there can be a garbage problem. Here in Nor-Cal it is a $1,000 fine for dumping, strictly enforced. It's more about the money because the money goes to the local gov, (the county) not the state or the feds.

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