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Kad Kua Mung opens in Lamphun

First wireless Internet access at Don Muang Airport

Sports and tourism minister says 2.9 billion baht injection to heal ailing industry justified

Kad Kua Mung opens in Lamphun

Preserving the old traditions

Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut

Lamphun Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) has opened a new market in a traditional Lanna-Thai style called Kad Kua Mung every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

To promote tourism in Lamphun and preserve the Lanna-Thai tradition, Lamphun PAO had come up with an idea to construct a roofed Lanna-Thai style wooden bridge, Kua Mung Tha Singha. In the past, Kua Mung or a roofed bridge was built across a river as a resting place with two long benches and earthen water pots for people, who were tired from a long journey.

Kua Mung had also been a local market. People inside and outside the local community would do business there. This was the reason people called Kad Kua Mung because Kad means market.

The new Kad Kua Mung Tha Singha is offering four different types of products - agricultural, items from the Royal Project, One Tambon - One Product, and local produce.

Kad Kua Mung Tha Singha is in front of Wat Phra Thart Haripunchai Woramahawiharn. For more information, contact the Department of Social Development and Tourism Promotion at Lamphun PAO tel. 053 511 191.

First wireless Internet access at Don Muang Airport

Thailand is to get its first wireless Internet access service when Millcom Systems launches a cutting edge new service for passengers at Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport this month.

Rattana Meetem, executive director of Millcom Systems, said that the service would provide businesspeople and tourists with fast, reliable Internet access to surf the Web or check their email.

“We are installing the equipment near exit doors of the domestic and international terminals, as well as in duty free shops. We are calling this wireless Internet service ‘W Land Net’,” he said.

All passengers will need to access the service is a notebook computer with a Wi-Fi 802.11 b card, and a W Land Net card that can be purchased from various shops within the airport for 250 baht for an hour’s usage.

The service represents a deal forged between the Airports Authority of Thailand, Millcom Systems, and Far Eastern Net and Wireless Link. Rattana said that in the near future the service would be expanded to cover leading hotels, and that the W Land Net card would also be valid in a number of other countries. (TNA)

Sports and tourism minister says 2.9 billion baht injection to heal ailing industry justified

To counter the negative impact of declining tourist revenue the government is digging deep into its budget in hopes of achieving its target planned earlier this year.

Speaking at the International Youth and Eco Travel Mart exhibition recently held at Queen Sirikit Convention Center, Thailand’s Minister for Tourism and Sports, Sontaya Khunpluem said, “I am sure that we will be able to reach the 10.56 million mark as we have many plans to support the industry during this crucial time. With the approval of the cabinet, the country is set to inject 2.9 billion baht into the tourism sector. The present situation justifies the government’s intervention to help the industry.”

Sontaya said most of the 2.9 billion baht would go to promote inbound international tourism and the balance would be used for domestic tourism promotions.

The country’s “Thailand Smile Plus” campaign will be promoted in countries in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

A campaign called “Travel Thailand and Get Lucky” will target domestic tourism. Under the scheme tourists can win grand prizes including cars and houses, if they visit destinations around the country and register at the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) office in different cities.

Applauding the government’s efforts, Kanok Abhiradee, president of Thai Airways International (THAI) said, “This is the first time that the government and the private sector have joined to support this industry, and it’s a very positive move.” (TNA)