New guide book and map
launched by Office of Tourism
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.
at the launch include Pakin Ployphicha of Oasis Spa, Anchalee Kalmapijit and
other area businesspeople who joined the Deputy Governor at Central Airport
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
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
soak their feet in the warm mineral springs in San Kamphaeng.
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
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)