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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

New guide book and map launched by Office of Tourism

High hopes for MICE within the region

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

German inspired art on display in Bangkok

Festival of Dance and Music


New guide book and map launched by Office of Tourism

Jittarporn Charasrum

A new guidebook and accompanying map printed in seven different languages; Thai, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Arabic was launched at a ceremony presided over by Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Worakarn Yokying on September 20 at the Central Airport Plaza.

Guests at the launch include Pakin Ployphicha of Oasis Spa, Anchalee Kalmapijit and other area businesspeople who joined the Deputy Governor at Central Airport Plaza.

The Mantra of Chiang Mai, as its called, includes guide books, maps and videos and will be distributed around tourist areas in Chiang Mai. 50,000 copies of the map and 10,000 copies of the book have been printed, said Somchai Maichandaeng, the Chief of the Office of Chiang Mai Provincial Tourism and Sports.


High hopes for MICE within the region

The Opening ceremony of the seminar on Sep 23 at Le Meridien Hotel was presided over by Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, Deputy Secretary –General of the National Economic and Social Development Board. (Photo by Jittarporn Charasrum)

By Phitsanu Thepthong

Northern Thailand is building its MICE networking in the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS) countries, with a hope to draw more tourists to visit and help stimulate the economy according to Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant at the recent seminar on Tourism, trade and investment promotion for GMS economies. MICE stands for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions.

He added that the next years, with the completion of the new convention center, MICE will be a catalyst to draw visitors, adding that trade and investment will be also linked as a way to create more opportunities for products and services.

He said that “We are looking forward to further cooperation in the next decade with the GMS region, especially the development of backbone infrastructure for cross - border trades, transportation, tourism and investment sectors.”

“GMS is a new and big single market comprising the 6 GMS countries; Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar , Thailand, and Vietnam - that is expected that about 30 million tourist will visit this sub region this year and it is also forecast that about 52 million tourists are expected visit this sub region in next five years,” said Governor Amornphan.

“Chiang Mai would be able to cope with the influx of MICE participants from international visitors.It has a high potential with its existing infrastructure such as shopping centers, investment projects, communications and transportation system linking with other GMS countries, especially the cities in China,” he pointed out.

The Governor added that as well as the BIMSTEC country members (the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), is an international organization involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia and include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

The seminar on “Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion in the GMS 2010: Creative MICE Expanding Markets” is held to coincide with the Chiang Mai GMS Fair 2010, organized from September 24 – October 3.

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Children soak their feet in the warm mineral springs in San Kamphaeng.

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

The San Kamphaeng Hot Springs is gearing up to promote San Kamphaeng as a destination for both visitors and residents with a discount rate being offered for those staying over night as well as a special membership card that offers discounts of up to 25 percent off. Manager Kritima Kanjaima invited members of the press to the resort to view the hot springs and the gardens.

Located 34 kilometers east of Chiang Mai city, it is easily accessible by car, or bus and minibus or a minibus leaves from the TAT office at 10 AM daily and returns at 1 PM for 80 baht.

For further information see www.skphotspring.com

German inspired art on display in Bangkok

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, the Goethe-Institut Thailand explores its own history though the exhibition “Return Ticket: Thailand – Germany”. Not only do around 100 works on display by 28 Thai artists, who studied, lived or worked on projects in Germany between 1960 and 2010, reveal a rich tradition of support for the arts in Thailand, but also half a century of the Thai-German cultural exchange. The exhibition encompasses a broad range of artistic expression through paintings, sculptures, installations, video & computer art and design pieces, covering everything from classical painting to contemporary performance. Until November 7 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Pathumwan Intersection (9th floor) (PR)

Festival of Dance and Music

You still have time to visit Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music, it runs until October 24 at the Thailand Cultural Centre o Ratchadaphisek Road. Easily accessed via MRT.

The Festival was inspired by a man’s vision to organise an annual international cultural event for the Thai capital on par with those staged in major cities around the world, and thereby also develop the breadth and depth of dance and music in Thailand. The Festival has grown in size and repute, and now, for each five-to-six-week season, approximately 1,000 performing artists from around the world fly into Bangkok to participate in this cultural extravaganza, which has secured a reputation amongst theatre-goers in Asia and Europe.

The 2010 season will present 17 productions by artistes and theatres from Argentina, Switzerland, Israel, Cuba, United Kingdom, Brazil and Russia. The programme includes operas, contemporary dance, ballet classics, classical concerts and ethnic dances. (PR)

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