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Chiang Mai tourism information for 2005 and the year 2006 forcast

6th Industrial Fair 2006 at Chiang Mai expected to generate more than 50 mio baht

Chiang Mai tourism information for 2005 and the year 2006 forcast

Preeyanoot Jittawong

The Travel Business Association of Chiang Mai revealed that the revenue from tourism for the year 2005 was down on the previous year. However, the forecast for 2006 was looking quite rosy, if several high profile tourism ventures in the pipeline come to fruition.

Worapong Moochaotai, secretary-general of Travel Business Association of Chiang Mai

On January 10, Worapong Moochaotai, Secretary-General of the Association revealed that the effects of the tsunami had hit Thailand’s tourist numbers pretty hard. Chiang Mai, although well away from the worst hit areas on the Andaman coast, also felt the effects of reduced tourist spending. Statistics gathered by the Association show that the number of tourists visiting Chiang Mai increased from 3.4 million to 3.8 million in 2005, but the majority of these visitors were Thai tourists, who spend less than the foreigners. Also, revenue was not spread evenly, with the higher proportion being taken by the hotels and residences, causing a reduction in the average income per capita figures. However, according to the expectations of Bureau of Trade, there is ample cause for optimism in 2006, with several promotions in the pipeline, not only in Chiang Mai, but throughout the country as a whole. There are several five star Hotels being planned with construction due for completion by 2008. It was said that the outlook for Chiang Mai tourism is quite healthy, and all being well, should flourish over the next few years.

He added that Chiang Mai Night Safari was proving to be one of the most popular attractions in 2006, but this has been during its free admission period. There is a World Interhash planned for August 2006, with a predicted 7,000 tourists re-
quiring accommodation in Chiang Mai for at least a week and Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006, the International Horticulture Exposition organized for
later in the year, running from November 1, 2006, to January 31, 2007. If the attendance at this event reaches its expected total of three million visitors, Chiang Mai should enjoy a bumper year.

6th Industrial Fair 2006 at Chiang Mai expected to generate more than 50 mio baht

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

The 6th Industrial Fair will run from January 27 to February 4, 2006, at the
Industrial Promotion Center Region 1 Thung Hotel Road Chiang Mai. The concept of the fair for this year is “Factory Outlet” which focuses on six main industries, including the food industry and agricultural products, cloth, textiles, and leather products, furniture and d้cor, technology and machinery, jewelry and ornaments, and the ceramic industry. To date, more than 80 percent of all industries have already reserved their booths and the organizers predict that during the eight day run of the fair, around 50 million baht income will be circulated during this period.

Thossaporn Phanusam-phol, Vice President of the Federation of Thai Industries Chiang Mai Chapter, on behalf of the President of the Industrial Fair 2006 said that as well as the many industries represented this year, we have also invited various foreign consuls who have consulates in Chiang Mai, to set up booths to issue visas for the purpose of studying abroad, and selling the outstanding products of each country.

In addition, there is the Exhibition of the Northern Region Investment and Economic Center under the unwieldy acronym of “BOI & SBCG & EXIM PLAZA”. Many companies that have been supported by investments from these three agencies, will bring their products to show them off at the fair, especially those products usually sold abroad.