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San Kamphaeng Development Plan underway

Chiang Mai Travel Mart attracts over 100 buyers

Young creative travelers to get VIP cards

Will Chiang Rai become the new aviation hub of Northern Thailand?

San Kamphaeng Development Plan underway

208 mio baht to replace old road

Phisut Itsaracheewawat

San Kamphaeng District is planning to build a cultural Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng road to replace the former Highway 1006, and rejuvenate the fame of its local handicraft village of San Kamphaeng.

Surachai Jongrak, San Kamphaeng District Chief Officer, said he would bring back old San Kamphaeng honor and glory.

Surachai Jongrak, San Kamphaeng district chief officer, said that this project was approved by the Department of Highways with 208,500,000 baht to be used for the road development, starting from Poy Luang intersection and continuing to the heart of San Kamphaeng town.

This new road will lead up to the San Kamphaeng activity area, which will be constructed on an area of 8 rai where currently the San Kamphaeng district office is situated. It is proposed that this will be a new tourist attraction with many One Tambon One Product booths, a tourist information center, San Kamphaeng museum, historical hall and an activity center for silk and cotton products.

“We are waiting for approval from the Ministry of Finance for a budget to build our new office on the Mae On tobacco curing station area, about 3.5 kilometers away from the old office, which will be replaced with the San Kamphaeng activity area,” said Surachai.

San Kamphaeng district officials will arrange a promotion called “Love San Kamphaeng, the source of Lanna wisdom,” to assist the sales of local San Kamphaeng products at San Kamphaeng District office every Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., starting December 13, this year, and continuing through to February 14 next year.

Chiang Mai Travel Mart attracts over 100 buyers

Tourism, aviation hub, beautiful women and OTOP

Phitsanu Thepthong

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presided over the opening ceremony of the Chiang Mai Travel Mart & Travel Agents seminar on “Chiang Mai Aviation Hub for Greater Mekong Sub-Region” organized by the Chiang Mai Tourism Promotion Board and Thai Airways International.

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat (2nd left), said during his speech, “Chiang Mai is rich and abundant in valued arts and culture, nature and tourist attractions, historical parks and ancient relics.”

The two-day seminar took place at the Imperial Maeping Hotel from October 16-17, with 60 Bangkok inbound marketers together with 50 leading tour operators in Chiang Mai, members of Thai Hotels Association, and 10 representatives from international airlines attending.

Governor Suwat said Chiang Mai is the region’s aviation hub, as it has very high potential to receive greater numbers of incoming tourists.

He said Chiang Mai’s first priority was tourism. “In this vision, Chiang Mai is rich and abundant in valued arts and culture, nature and tourist attractions, historical parks and ancient relics.”

The governor remarked that Chiang Mai Zoo will soon present the giant pandas from China to the public, it will also have the Chiang Mai Safari Night Zoo next year, World Horticulture Fair, the nicest and most beautiful women in the country, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, International Conventional Hall, and a new Agriculture Economic Center.

He noted that apart from these attractions, Chiang Mai is now famous for its OTOP products, with 70 of the 200 produced being chosen for export markets.

The travel agents also discussed the aviation hub policy promulgated by the Air Transportation Department, Chiang Mai International Airport expansion plans from the Airport Authority of Thailand, airline marketing plans by Thai Airways International, and new tourist attractions that are suitable for foreign tourists and visitors presented by Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association.

Young creative travelers to get VIP cards

Prolific young travelers to receive discounts

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Northern Office, Region 2 has set up a “Young Creative Traveler” program to promote travel in the youth level groups.

Thanya Nichorathanon, director of TAT’s Northern Office, Region 2 said that this program is for young people who are interested in preserving our tourist attractions and are able to travel in Thailand twice a year.

The young people that join this program will get the “Young Creative Travel Card” which is regarded as a youth VIP card for themselves and their families, because it can be used as a discount card at many restaurants and hotels and the people who have the card may be able to participate in many activities that have been set up by TAT.

Will Chiang Rai become the new aviation hub of Northern Thailand?

Marion Vogt

Phuket Air are now flying on a twice-daily scheduled flight Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai since October 20. Vikrom Aisiri, president of Phuket Air, saw the need to provide the north with a service-oriented flight which will fit in everybody’s budget, while still providing good service and quality.

In the middle of many VIPs is Direk Kornkleeb (5th left) deputy governor of Chiang Rai next to Vikrom Aisiri, president of Phuket Air and Darm Trakulsub, GM Dusit Island Chiang Rai.

He intimated that Phuket Air aims to become one of the leading passenger carriers in Thailand and he is sure that with the enthusiasm, the can-do attitude and hard work and dedication of Phuket Air staff plus the vision of the management team, this goal will be achieved.

Some VIPs from the welcome committee from left: Mrs. Wanunsanan Thonrub, wife of Nai Palad Jungwat Chiang Rai, Mrs. Anyaporn Panitagit, president Red Cross Chiang Rai Province, Mrs. Saengaroon Debavalya, MD Debavalya Corp and general manager of the Dusit Island Chiang Rai, Darm Trakulsub.

Direk Kornkleeb, deputy governor of Chiang Rai expressed his enthusiasm by saying that this ‘shuttle service’ will be another positive aspect to make holidays in the beautiful city of Chiang Rai even more attractive. He said he is sure that everybody related to the hospitality industry will only benefit from Phuket Air’s new route and he feels proud to be present at the historical occasion (of the inaugural flight).

Phuket Air’s senior vice president, Kanin Phuvastien thanked everybody for the warm welcome and assured the audience that Phuket Air always plans to extend its routes and that he is pleased that Chiang Rai is now on their map. He added, “We bring together aviation industry professionals with a solid understanding of both the technical and business aspects of running the airline and we will continue to maintain our customer oriented service in order to make every aspect of travel experience more comfortable, more efficient and more pleasurable.”