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Night Safari promoted to tour agencies

IRS advisor to visit Bangkok

Night Safari promoted to tour agencies

Getting desperate as tourism numbers dwindle?

Saksit Meesubkwang

Tour groups are to be persuaded to visit “Night Safari” in Chiang Mai by the Travel Business Association of Chiang Mai. They also plan to continue to advertise travel spots to attract tourists.

Songwit Ittipatanakul, the new president of Travel Business Association of Chiang Mai, said that the association would also develop public relations for restaurants and smaller spas that cannot offer promotions abroad to attract foreign visitors to Chiang Mai. “What we need to recommend effectively is that local lifestyle and northern culture is interesting and can be a valuable aspect in attracting clients,” he said.

“At present the government supported Chiang Mai as a transit center or hub in the north, so it desperately needed to establish standards and sufficient travel spots to serve tourists, such as hotels, restaurants, spas and others. However, the government should take more action than it currently does.”

“Chiang Mai tourists decreased last year, especially Chinese tour groups. Although the southern tsunami event should provide an opportunity for the North, it was found that the mountain-sea package, which used to be sold as a double attraction, had declined in popularity,” Songwit said.


IRS advisor to visit Bangkok

The U.S. Consulate is happy to announce that the dates for the annual Internal Revenue Service visit (IRS) have been finalized. IRS representative Mrs. Elizabeth Kinney will be visiting Bangkok. She will be available to provide individual consultations from Thursday, March 17 through Friday, March 25.

Mrs. Kinney is scheduling 15-minute individual consultations for the following dates: Thur.-Fri., March 17-18, and again from Mon.-Fri., March 21-25. Appointments will be available from 7:30 - 11 a.m. and from 1 - 3 p.m.

In order to schedule an individual consultation, please call American Citizens Services (ACS) in Bangkok at 02-205-4049.

In addition to individual consultations, Mrs. Kinney is offering two one-hour seminars on tax issues for U.S. Citizens living abroad. Those seminars will be held at American Citizens Services (Bangkok) on Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. and again on Wednesday March 23 at 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary, just come to ACS a little before 4 p.m. on those days and tell the guards at the front that you wish to attend the tax seminar.

Mrs. Kinney did ask that we inform you that she will not have the ability to electronically file your tax return.

Commonly requested tax forms are now available at ACS. However, there is no need to wait to pick up these forms. You may download and print all tax forms for 2004 and prior years from the IRS website. Go to www.irs.gov and click the “Forms and Publications” link on the left of your screen.

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Bangkok is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Nearest BTS Skytrain station: Phloenchit).

U.S. federal tax forms for 2004 and prior years are available at www.irs.gov. The most commonly requested 2004 U.S. tax forms are also available at the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai on Tuesdays and Thursdays during normal American Citizen Service business hours: 8:30-11:00 (Full Service) and 13:00-15:30 (Limited Service).



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