Air Asia opens new Chiang Mai office
Company hopes to use CNX as “mini-hub”
Last week, July 19, Thai Air Asia opened its first “city office” in Chiang
Mai, at Thapae Gate, next to Starbucks, at the top of Thapae Road. The
opening ceremony was performed by Chuchard Keelapaeng, Deputy Governor of
Chiang Mai, Junnapong Saranak, director of TAT’s northern office, and
Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai Air Asia.
Keelapaeng, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, opening the new Thai Air Asia
office, with Tassapon Bijleveld (left) and Junnapong Saranak (right).
The new sales office brings to three the total number of Thai Air Asia sales
venues in Chiang Mai. The other two are sales counters at Chiang Mai
International Airport and a sales kiosk at Tesco Lotus Kad Kamtiang.
Tassapon Bijleveld explained that “opening the first ‘city office’ in Chiang
Mai underlines the importance of Chiang Mai in our strength network of
destinations”. Office hours will be from 9 am until 8 pm on weekdays and
from 9 am until 9 pm on weekends.
Tassaporn Bijleveld took the opportunity to announce new destinations direct
to and from Chiang Mai; Hong Kong, Hanoi, Macau and Singapore, all expected
to be up and running within the next 2 years. Thai Air Asia intends to
develop Chiang Mai as a small hub and plans to have 2 planes stationed at
CNX. A new Bangkok to Guangzhou service will start on August 15. He
explained that Thai Air Asia will promote Chiang Mai’s culture, temples,
scenery and other attractions at all their destination cities through the
media and by advertising on billboards, local buses etc.
Other Thai Air Asia sales offices are planned for Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin,
Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi, and also, within the next two years, to open an
Air Asia Tune Hotel in Chiang Mai, offering tourists an inexpensive quality
Thailand should learn
‘bitter lesson’ from
Vietnam, says central bank
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) says the nation should be prepared to learn a
bitter lesson from its neighbor Vietnam whose economy recently
experienced a short-lived and unsteady economic boom that was boosted by
a large inflow of foreign capital.
Amara Sripayak, senior director of BoT’s Local Economy Division, said
the Vietnamese economy grew rapidly after foreign investors brought a
huge amount of capital to invest in the country. It resulted in a
short-lived and unstable economic growth in the country, she said.
The situation ended with the country experiencing such a serious
economic plunge that the Vietnamese government was forced to devalue the
currency by more than 2 percent and raise the interest rate by 2 percent
to 14 percent in order to rein in the incessant upward push of inflation
- up to 25 percent at present, she said.
“What happened in Vietnam underlines the fact that although the economy
has grown impressively with a significant foreign capital inflow, the
capital could always flow out if the economic expansion is unstable. So,
we should learn the lesson that it is vital to maintain economic
stability,” she said.
Amara said she viewed the economic crisis in Vietnam as possibly
affecting investor confidence in the region. However, the BoT executive
said she did not believe Thailand would experience a similar problem
because the country had not experienced a current account deficit and
its international reserves have stayed high. (TNA)