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Director of Tourism Centre blasts Mae Hong Son tourist businesses

 

Director of Tourism Centre blasts Mae Hong Son tourist businesses

Khajohn Boonpath
An overwhelming influx of tourists over New Year into the comparatively small town of Mae Hong Son has encouraged the local Tourism Coordination Centre to urge all tourism-related businesses to integrate in order to provide better customer service. Wisut Buachum, the centre’s director, noted that visitor numbers had exceeded expectations, but that there were many problems as a result.
Wisut considers that the province’s tourist facilities are inefficient and inadequate for dealing with high demand, listing problems with fuel supplies, traffic congestion on major roads leading to tourist destinations, inadequate and poor accommodation and camping areas, over-priced goods, souvenirs and food, plus a lack of concerned organisations providing useful visitor information during the tourist high season. He told reporters that, ‘The province needs to promote more integrated cooperation especially on tourism-related facilities, and needs to promote information on the province to the public. It also needs to regain its status as an attractive destination with enough capabilities to accommodate an influx of tourists during high season’.
The area has many sites attractive to visitors, including Pai district, the Tham Lot cave in Pang Mapha district, the romantic Pang Ung village, the province’s most revered mountain temple, Wat Phra That Doi Kongmu, the Buatong flower field in Khun Yuam district, the Kaew Komol cave in Mae Lanoi district and Mae Sarm Laeb village in Mae Sariang district.