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11th Nimman Art Promenade

Hotel occupancy rates up

Trade fair season arrives!


11th Nimman Art Promenade

TAT 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.

One of the many vendors at the Fair,
with everything from jewelry to clothes and handicrafts on offer.


Hotel occupancy rates up

Nopniwat Krailerg

Hotels are reporting an increasing number of bookings and tourists since the Loy Krathong Festival, with the New Year expecting better than expected bookings.

THA, Northern Chapter President Phunat Thanalaopanicth announces the latest hotel occupancy figures.

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 countries.

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 remarked.

Trade fair season arrives!

With the 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 performers.