The first ever Travel Show from the Northern Region of
Thailand is over. The preparations took Chiang Mai City and the Tourism
Authority of Thailand 2 years, and both authorities succeeded in putting up
an unforgettable weekend for the participants, both from Asia and overseas.
of travel agents attended the Chiang Mai North Travel Show 2002 held last
week, and to a person, all said it was a great event. The event went a long
way to promoting tourism to Chiang Mai, and we should be proud of the way
the organizers put together an event to remember. Full story, more photos
and reactions on center pages this week.
for the official picture are (from left) Miss Juttamas, Director of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand, PM Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra, Mayor Boonlert,
and Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem.
More than 140 local tourism companies had the opportunity
to exhibit their products and services directly to the buyers, which was
scheduled by the Chiang Mai Tourism Promotion Board (CMTPB), comprising of
government and private agencies of Chiang Mai, Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT) and Chiang Mai Administration Office.
not for every-day use, but very stylish.
the eye-catching models presents Lanna-style dresses from 300 years ago
was impressed by the grace and style of the performing artists.
Grand Lanna Restaurant staged a performance of the Dhara Dhevi story, giving
an insight into the upper classes of days gone by.
in the audience had a very close look at the fashion show (as did some of
the men, as the women models were stunning).
R) Vorapong, GM of the Imperial, Councilor Pornchai, and Ms. Panada
Wongpudee, Miss Thailand Universe 2001, who later that evening did a
beautiful rendition of “I will always love you”.
The program was in connection with the 2nd Phuket and
Andaman Travel Trade (PATT), scheduled from 2nd - 5th December to promote
Phuket - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son as a great, fascinating
TAT sponsored the traveling expenses of about 250
invitees, while the CTPB took care of accommodation, meals, transfers and
The welcome reception took place Friday evening at the
most charming patio of the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center, and was
presided over by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Thailand, Dr. Taksin
Shinawatra, as well as His Excellency, the Minister of Tourism, Sonthaya
Khunpluem. This evening featured cultural shows and performances, in true
Lanna style, and the most-heard expression from the audience was that they
“have never experienced anything like that before”. The attending ladies
were particularly interested in the fashion show, giving an overview of
Lanna-dresses from 300 years ago until now.
Saturday was strictly business at the Suan Bua Resort and
Spa, as buyers and sellers held their respective trade sessions, which was
followed by a Northern Tourism Seminar, and a meeting with the Tourism
Authority of Thailand’s overseas directors.
with local beauties are Pornchai Jitnavasathien, Chiangmai Municipality
Councilor (2nd left), and Noppawong Ratpathai, advisor to the Lord Mayor
had a great time at the Imperial’s Mae Ping Beer Garden.
colorful and swinging Chiang Mai Mardi Gras Night 2002 at the Imperial Mae
Ping gave us a preview of what the city has to expect during its own Mardi
Gras Celebration later this month.
Muchaotai, the Imperials’ general manager, in full swing with his staff.
magnificent performance during the farewell evening at Le Grand Lanna,
buyers and sellers used the perfect opportunity to get up on stage with
people of a time long gone.
pose before a splendid, memorable and successful event came to an end.
The highlight of the weekend was the spectacular farewell
dinner at Le Grand Lanna, on the way to San Kamphaeng. The stunned guests
were treated to an ancient spectacle called ‘Dhara Dhevi’, a ritual
which is believed to evoke peace and harmony, maybe not in this life, but in
the next. The performance was embedded into realistic scenery, fireworks,
hot air balloons, light and sound shows, and well presented by managing
director, Chollada, and MC Dr. Apichart.
Enchanted by Lanna history and tradition, this night proudly staged the
charisma of Chiang Mai and its people, and proved that it is a place blessed
with mysterious charm. As a token, every guest received a small “kom loy”,
and took this small air balloon back home, together with a heart full of