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Holiday Inn Chiang Mai gets a facelift

More international flights to Chiang Mai

 

Holiday Inn Chiang Mai gets a facelift

The new lobby bar is just one of the areas that were redesigned as part of their 5 million dollar refurbishment.

Redesigned to reflect the elegance, art and culture of the region, The Holiday Inn Chiang Mai hotel is ready to show off its new look after a 5 million dollar refurbishment.
The hotel has re-opened the Lobby, function venues, relocated the bakery with Wi-Fi and Internet stations, the Lobby bar with “Al Fresco” riverside dining overlooking the tranquil Mae Ping River.
In October, the hotel will unveil new guest rooms, five additional break-out venues and a newly re-designed River Terrace.
As part of the refurbishment they are offering special introductory rates that are valid until the end of September.

 

More international flights to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s beleaguered travel trade can expect more regional visitor arrivals following the announcement of new direct flights from South Korea and Taiwan.
Korean Air will introduce a new Incheon-Chiang Mai service with four flights weekly in its winter schedule, starting from October 31. Meanwhile, China Airlines is understood to be in the process of launching a direct service between Kaohsiung and Chiang Mai, but details of the flight are not yet available.
Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) vice-president, Mr Opas Netraumpai, said despite the upcoming new air access from regional markets, Chiang Mai’s tourism industry was still overwhelmed with increasing hotel room supply and limited direct international air access. “My concern is the increasing hotel room supply will cause inevitable price wars not only among properties in the same category, but also between five-star hotels and four or even three-star hotels,” he said.
About 2,000 new hotel rooms in the five-star and boutique categories are expected to open in Chiang Mai up to 2010. Three new convention and exhibition venues are also slated to open within the next three years - the Empress Convention Center, Chiang Mai University’s Convention Center and the TAT-built Chiang Mai Convention and Exhibition Center (put on hold, see story on Page 1).
To help fill the estimated 18,000 hotel rooms now available in Chiang Mai, TICA has joined hands with the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Tourism Council of Thailand to promote the northern Thai capital and nearby provinces as a meeting and incentive destination. TTG