Director Chalermsak Suranont is joined by event sponsors
at the grand opening of the 11th NAP Fair.
By Shana Kongmun
Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 erupted into creative and artistic
expression again this year with the NAP Fair celebrating its 11th year. The
grand opening was headed by the Northern Tourism Authority of Thailand chief
Chalermsak Suranont who joined in the candle lighting ceremony in honor of
HM the King’s birthday at the start of the event.
Director Chalermsak lights a candle in the ceremony to honor HM the King.
Stalls of handicrafts, artworks, textiles, clothes,
jewelry and more lined soi 1, with the spillover into Think Park for further
food stands, stalls from Care for Dogs, Lanna Dog Rescue and the Friends of
the Asian Elephant in addition to even more clothes, jewelry and art.
This popular event showcases the artistic and musical
creativity that abounds in Chiang Mai and is highly popular with tourists
and locals alike. Booths are available for those who don’t have a shop on
the street and are highly recommended for those wishing to display their
crafts next year.
the many vendors at the Fair,
with everything from jewelry to clothes and handicrafts on offer.
Hotels are reporting an increasing number of bookings and
tourists since the Loy Krathong Festival, with the New Year expecting better
than expected bookings.
Northern Chapter President Phunat Thanalaopanicth announces the latest hotel
Phunat Thanalaopanicth, the President of Thai Hotels
Association, Northern Chapter noted the difficulties faced by Chiang Mai and
other Northern Provinces during this year’s political chaos which hit hotels
hard with booking slowdowns. But, he noted the several long holiday weekends
during the month of December and the cool season weather are expected to
attract more tourists.
“Many hotels under the THA, Northern Chapter are booked
as high as 60 - 65 % by average and during the New Year celebration, the
occupancy rate should be increased by more than 75 percent, better than the
initially predicted 50 %..”
However, President Phunat noted that most visitors to the
North are still Thais, and then other Asian countries, followed by Western
He added that Hotel rooms and other accommodation in Mae
Hong Son were currently more than 50 percent full while Pai district
accommodation was at 70 percent, and Chiang Rai is occupied at 65 percent.
“These are the good signs for the tourist industry, which
is expected to pick up. However, the trend of visitors to Chiang Mai during
the festive season is expected to see 85 -90 percent occupancy but the
tourism market is now shared accommodation like the serviced apartments and
guesthouses, which are at about 350 - 450 baht per night per room,” he
advent of trade fair season, TAT Director Chalermsak Suranont finds himself
busy, here visiting the booths on display at the trade fair held at the
Holiday Inn on December 3.
Playhouse Entertainment Complex joined the Night Safari, Dokmai Gardens,
Elephant Camps, golf courses, hotels and more at the trade fair held at the
Holiday Inn, here owner David Shrubsole is joined by one of their