Foreign trade with northern neighbours grows
But Thailand still records huge trade deficit
Foreign trade in Chiang Rai province in the first seven
months of this year was valued at over 3 billion baht, of which almost 2.5
billion baht was earned from exports to China, Myanmar and Laos.
Compared with the same period last year, foreign trade
grew by 19 percent. However, the amount of imports almost doubled, causing
this year’s trade deficit. Noticeably, goods imported from Myanmar
increased by almost 400 percent, with clothes, gems, cows and buffalos,
second hand cars, garlic, wine and whisky being the main imports.
How does Chiang Mai compare with other tourist destinations?
American Jack Kelly, consultant to J.E. Austin &
Associates and the Kenan Institute Asia in Bangkok has spelt out some of the
problems and solutions for Chiang Mai’s tourism. He made a high-tech
presentation to the Informal Northern Thai Group at their meeting held at
the Alliance Francaise in Chiang Mai on September 7. Approximately 40
visitors attended, including tourism-related entrepreneurs.
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