Vol. III No. 7 - Saturday February 14 - February 20, 2004
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Fewer people witness this year’s spectacular Chiang Mai flower festival

A floral float in the “most beautiful” category makes it way through the city in the Festival of Flowers parade last week in Chiang Mai. Fewer numbers than usual turned up for the event, but the ones that did were treated to music, dance, performances, and of course, lots of flowers. 

The once very popular annual Festival of Flowers drew smaller crowds of both Thai and foreign tourists this year. With the festival being opened by the deputy minister of tourism and sports, the government should now be appraised of the fact that the much needed tourism is dwindling. Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports Krekkrai Jiraphaet, admitted that the Festival of Flowers was backed by the government’s policy on tourism promotion.

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Bird Flu recovery to cost 25 billion


Identities versus Globalization?

Art mirrors society

Chiang Mai Art Museum experienced an opening which it had not seen in a long time. The Heinrich Boell Foundation had promoted a one of a kind exhibition and over 700 people came, just on this first evening.

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FT Fitness bounces open

State of the art with something for everyone

FT Fitness Club, on the 2nd floor of Rimping Supermarket, next to Novotel Chiang Mai, officially opened its doors with Khunying Raveephan Sucharitakul presiding over the opening ceremony.

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Ministry of Industry looking for closer ties in the 17 northern provinces

BoI behind the plan

Minister of Industry Pinit Charusombat chaired a meeting to discuss how to bring good cooperation for the development strategy of 17 Northern provinces particularly for investment project promotion.

This cooperation was very important, as it could help stimulate the North to create up to 50,000 new entrepreneurs, said the minister at the press conference held at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai.

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Travel industry remains resolute

Buyers, sellers and ASEAN tourism authorities are calm and confident in the face of yet another potential dampener for regional tourism - the avian flu. Several admitted cancellations and a slowdown in forward bookings. But overall, the mood was one of resignation that crises were part of the tourism business and that recently-suffered ones, such as SARS, had put ASEAN on a stronger footing to handle other potential killers.

Swiss operator TourAsia’s product manager, Marcel Boeni, visited Luang Prabang before arriving in Vientiane and regretted to note that hoteliers there had already informed him they were receiving some group cancellations. But he said, “We remain committed to Asia, and TourAsia will extend its brochure for the region, primarily ASEAN countries, to 30 pages.”

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