Tourism fair at CMU
From left, Ms. Sansanee Thasom, of Chiang Mai Provincial
Community Development Office, Veerayuth Sukwattako, Vice President of the
Federation of Thai Industries for the Northern Chapter, Sushi Sartwej, the
chairman of the organizing committee, Wanchai Pipatsamut, Head of Chiang Mai
Provincial Industry Office, and a press conference MC were at the recent
press conference announcing the upcoming tourism fair.
Lanna handicrafts will be in the spotlight on Friday July
30 at the Chiang Mai Innovation Market and Lanna OTOP Village Exhibition (CIM
& LOVE 2010) opens at the Chiang Mai University Convention Centre. Held
until August 3, the event is being sponsored by Provincial offices, such as
the Industrial Office and the Community Development Office as well as the
Federation of Thai Industries for Chiang Mai and the Office of National
The Exhibition will not only feature local OTOP products
but also offer information on development in tourism industry innovations,
Suthi Sartwej, Chairman of the organizing committee and Deputy Secretary of
the Federation of Thai Industries in Chiang Mai noted. He said that this
will also provide local tour operators a chance to meet with peers in the
eco-tourism and tourism innovation sectors.
There will be different areas covering different sectors,
he added, green tourism, sufficiency economy, tourism for happiness, food
safety, world heritage and more. SME operators, community enterprise groups,
OTOP producers from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phrae, Lamphun, Lampang, and Mae
Hong Son are expected to attend. The event is open to those in the tourism
business and to the general public and runs from July 30 to August 3 at the
CMU Convention Center.
Myanmar’s Air Bagan opens
permanent offices in Chiang Mai
Visiting Myanmar business and tourism professionals are greeted by
traditionally dressed staff of Air Bagan on their arrival for the grand
opening of Air Bagan’s new office in Chiang Mai. An exclusive Chiang Mai
Mail interview with Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, the Director of Ministry of Hotels &
Tourism, Myanmar will be published in the next week’s issue.
Air Bagan celebrated the official opening of permanent
offices in Chiang Mai with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Pasakorn Supannapan
(2nd left) Director for ASEAN, South Asia, and South Pacific Market Division
of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mr. U Htoo Thet Htwe (center) Managing
Director of Air Bagan, and TAT Chiang Mai Office Director Chalermsak
Suranant (2nd right) on July 23 at their new offices on Chang Klan Road
opposite the Shangri La Hotel.
Where do we go from here?
By J.P. Boyd
Last week I talked about the differences between Sicily
and Chiang Mai as a retirement destination, this week we tackle security and
one concern many people have: food!
Italy’s food staple is pasta, Thailand’s is rice. The
Thai diet is almost void of dairy products while Italy’s diet is rich in
cream based B้chamel sauce, panna (cream), cheeses (ricotta and parmesan-reggiano,
for instance) and specially cured deli meats like mortadella, speck, and
prosciutto crudo. Both places have a wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables at
“Farmer’s Market” type stands. Fresh ingredients are in high demand for most
households in both Italy and Thailand. The diversity of ethnic choices is
much greater in Thailand. In Sicily, your choices are Sicilian food or
Neither country relies on tap water for drinking
purposes. Bottled water is used, but tap is still used to do dishes, shower,
etc. Both countries have polluted city air at times.
Safety and security are the next level of consideration.
Protection from physical threat is paramount, where ever you live. Sicily is
well known via movies and legends for its’ Mafioso” society, but as a
citizen living there, I haven’t seen it cross over into the regular
populace. Rumor has it that the nefarious fellow directing you to park (so
he can extract a euro for his services) is the lowest end of mafia. I can’t
verify this except by wide spread urban legend.
Thailand, on the other hand, has more immediate problems
with as many as 30 recordable political uprisings in 20 years. Though
bystanders are not the target, deaths do ensue. National curfews of 8 p.m.
are enforced, grossly retarding tourism. It is backed up by armed military
in the streets. It is important to stay alert and in contact with your State
Department via internet. Registration with your Consulate is a must. Know,
though, the conflict is not directed toward tourists or residents.
Psychological safety. For me, this includes freedom of
speech and the precepts outlined in the U.S. Constitution. I know in Italy
people only whisper the name, “Mafioso” and I am told that a book about
Thailand titled has been banned. But using a modicum of good manners and
staying out of local political discourse should make either one of these two
residential choices amenable.
Next week: Can an ex-pats “social needs” be met in
Thailand or Sicily?