To Chiangmai Mailbag. Maybe as a forum?
The government of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself a native of
Chiang Mai, has approved and is implementing huge budget development
projects for Chiang Mai. His objective is to make Chiang Mai a regional hub
for the GMS (Greater Mekong Sub-region). As a result of the surge in
development in the north, and in anticipation of plane loads of low cost
airline supplied tourists arriving in Chiang Mai, the hotel sector has gone
There are at least 11 new four and five star hotels under
construction, many on prime locations in the downtown area.
The questions the industry is now asking of course are:
* With all these hotel rooms coming on line, in a city
that tourist visitors are increasingly starting to dislike because of its
loss of tradition, culture and charm, who is going to stay in these rooms?
* If the tourist visitors decide not to come, or do not
come in the numbers projected, how can the old and new hotels ensure that
they maintain viable hotel rates - when they have historically been unable
to do so?
* How will these new hotel properties be staffed with
trained English language proficient staff without stealing them from the
existing hotels who themselves have staffing problems?
* Given the infrastructure problems of the downtown area
(narrow roads, poor drainage, traffic congestion, lack of parking and so on)
how is the infrastructure going to cope with the projected increase in
* What five star tourist attractions and activities are
being proposed, planned or implemented to meet the demands these five star
guests are going to make?
This is just an extract from a detailed report on ĎRedeveloping
& Repositioning Chiang Maií, and the full report is available in a
pdf.file format from [email protected]
Your comments are very welcome!
Shane K. Beary
Track of the Tiger