San Kamphaeng Development Plan underway
208 mio baht to replace old road
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
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.”