Lampang Brand being introduced to
promote quality and tourism in the province
Wisoot Buachoom, Head of the TAT Chiang Mai joins
Lampang business leaders and launching Lampang Brand.
Lampang provincial authorities, in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) are putting in place various schemes to get travelers talking
about Lampang. The aim is to make the charming northern province the must-see
destination of choice for local and international travellers planning holidays
The ‘Lampang Brand’ project will be introduced to instill within travelers the
idea that Lampang truly is the “City of Lanna Culture” and the gateway for trade
with ASEAN as borders open up. The Lampang Brand’ will be promoted via a new
logo and slogans to increase awareness among the travelling public.
Mr. Wisoot Buachum, Director of the TAT Chiang Mai Office said, “Lanna, once an
independent kingdom in what is now northern Thailand, has great potential as a
tourist destination in its own right. People are already familiar with Chiang
Mai, but neighboring provinces and the region as a whole have much to offer.
To ensure that Lampang can really achieve it’s potential, and to get people
interested in visiting, the new brand image of Lampang province will be heavily
promoted via various media channels. The website www.lampangbrand.com is
currently under construction and will be promoted on social media platforms;
such as, Facebook, twitter and YouTube. In addition, video and multi-media
presentations are being put together and launched, and a TV special is being
filmed to be shown online as well as on mainstream channels.
The official launch of the Lampang Brand project is to take place on 19 October,
2014, at Kat Kongta, Cultural Road in Lampang. One of the most important parts
of the ‘Lampang Brand’ campaign is a short-film contest with the theme “Lampang:
The City of Happiness.”
Mr. Wisoot said, “We would like to invite creative people who want to lovingly
showcase the region through the medium of film to join this contest. The contest
offers a great chance for filmmakers to show off their art as well as let the
world know how they feel about this lovely part of Thailand and to promote it to
others. The winning entries will help raise awareness of Lampang as a great
place to visit, with much to offer to travellers both Thai and international.”
Winners of the short-film contest will get a plaque and cash prize worth 100,000
Baht; 50,000 Baht and 30,000 Baht, respectively as well as the glory of showing
their work to the world.
Anyone interested in taking part can find more details at the www.lampangbrand
.com or www.facebook.com/lampangbrand. They will need to submit an application
form along with copies of their ID card and those of their team via email by 15
October, 2014, to [email protected] (TAT)
Kantary Terrace features the crafts of the Phu Fa Shop
Kantary Terrace offers a diverse selection of choices for visitors. The
cornerstone is the Phu Fa shop in the corner; this roomy shop is the
initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and offers products
from the Occupational Incentive Project. The Project works under the
concept of sustainability, allowing villagers in mostly remote areas,
increase their incomes by providing handcrafted goods at reasonable
prices. The first Phu Fa Shop was established by Her Royal Highness in
2001 in Siam Discovery Center, there are now sixteen branches including
the shop in Kantary Terrace. Featuring useful home décor items, baby
items and other household decorations, the Phu Fa Shop provides up to
3,000 baht a year to each villager who takes part in the project.
Northern Food Valley 2014 from September 26 -28
The Northern Food Valley 2014 will feature
food and agricultural products from Northern Thailand at Central Plaza
Chiang Mai Airport from September 26-28, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Northern Food Valley 2014 Fair will be held at Central Plaza
Chiang Mai Airport’s Chiang Mai Hall from September 26 -28, 2014. The
Northern Food Valley provides local entrepreneurs the opportunity to
present their products. Northern Thailand has 2,200 food-related
industries, accounting for more than 45 percent of the entire country.
Northern Food Valley 2014 is presented by the Federation of Thai
Industries in collaboration with local businesses and producers as well
as government agencies, educational institutes and agricultural sectors
according to Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard who announced the
upcoming food fair along with event president Sirporn Tantipong,
Chairman of the Thai Industries Chiang Mai chapter and Sirporn
Nanthakhwang, Marketing & Communications manager for Hillkoff Company at
the press conference held a Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport recently.
The event is working to promote local food industries to promote the
food products of the North to the world, to raise awareness of the
importance of the environment for producers and to raise the standards
for producing safe food that meets international standards.
The first Northern Food & Green was held for the first time in 2012 and
the Product Expo Northern Food Valley in 2013. This third consecutive
year was joined by the National Science & Technology Development Agency
Northern Region which has worked to create value in the food industry in
the North and the Board of Investment which provides advice and
information for enterprises at all levels. There will be exhibitions on
innovations in food and agriculture, as well as lectures from experts,
cooking shows from famous chefs, and a cooking contest as well as
products for sale.
Anchan restaurant tops out on Ultimate Guide to Thailand food
Chiang Mai’s vegetarian restaurant, Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant, located on
Nimmanhaemin Road near Hillside 3, was listed in the top ten “Ultimate Guide
to Thailand’s Ten Best Restaurants” by The Culture Trip website. Citing
their farm to table menu, featuring seasonal organic food, the website
lauded Anchan for their diverse menu and delicious curries. Here the staff
of Anchan Vegetarian in front of the gorgeous mural that sets the interior
Art Bridge Conversation Chengdu – Chiang Rai
Local residents and artists
met with visiting Chengdu artists at the Art Bridge Conversation Chengdu –
Chiang Rai event held at Art Bridge on September 3, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Rai’s well-known arts destination Art Bridge organized the
Art Bridge Conversation Chengdu – Chiang Rai as part of their goal to
encourage art and cultural exchange programs with the cooperation of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chengdu office on September 3, 2014.
The event, which was led by three Chiang Rai artists, Somrak Pantibun,
Sa-ngium Yarangsi and Sompong Sarnsap who shared their experiences of their
recent visit to Chengdu at the event held at Art Bridge, Chiang Rai. Eight
artists from Chengdu traveled to Chiang Rai in an exchange program that saw
them meet with local artists at the event.
Plernpit Muenpon, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chengdu Office
talked about the project’s background and then Chinese artists Huang Wei and
Zhou Ke Qiang, were introduced and described the work of the eight artists,
including Tian Feng, Liu Sui Hai, Yang Cheng Li, Zhou Ke Qiang, Huang Wei,
Li Tianji, Zho Shiquan, and Huang Wei. Each artist has a unique style to
their work that incorporates Chinese style with western techniques. The
artists were happy to meet and discuss techniques, art in China, the role of
the artist in history and others.
Art Bridge Chiang Rai opened in 2013 and is a communal effort to provide not
only an exhibition space for local artists but also a performance space and
classrooms for lectures on art.
Inspector General meets to discuss Thai Kitchen
Readying for the AEC
Government officials meet with the Inspector
General from the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the Thai Kitchen Project
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat met with Chamroen
Yutithansakul, Inspector General of the Prime Minister’s Office, Viroon
Phantevee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office and other staff to
review the project of the province in the Thai Kitchen; Step into the World
project, Chiang Mai’s readiness for the AEC and the Chiang Mai Development
Plan for 2014.
Chamroen Yuthithansakul said that the head of NCPO has assigned the
Inspector General to monitor the implementation of the project plans and
budgets to achieve maximum effect. The first project, The Thai Kitchen
project, has already seen a report submitted to the head of the NCPO and
various agencies will provide various measures to accelerate entrepreneurs
to reach international standards. The second part of the project will work
to improve the skills of workers to develop Thai cooks overseas and in
Thailand. Finally, the project hopes to improve and promote organic foods in
The second project they discussed was the preparedness of Chiang Mai towards
AEC integration with a focus on infrastructure and the development of the
The third project concerns the development plan for Chiang Mai 2014 which
has seen overall good progress with more than 80 percent of the budget
disbursed this year and the remaining 20 percent in the next fiscal year.
to restructure taxes
Property, land and inheritance taxes to be targeted
Finance Minister Sommai Phasi will ask ministry
officials to restructure tax collection.
Finance Minister Sommai Phasi on Monday asked ministry
officials to amend several fiscal policies, aimed at enabling Thailand’s
economy to sustain growth.
In his policy briefing to ministry officials, Mr. Sommai assigned the
efficient collection of taxes to be amended and introduced, such as
inheritance, land and property taxes.
Simultaneously, personal income tax would be reduced for low-income earners,
said Mr. Sommai.
To boost the national economy, the Finance Ministry will endeavor to locate
long-term funding, including issuing bonds with long-term maturity, to be
invested in state projects, he said.
On the other hand, the ministry must administer public debts as high as
Bt700 billion because investment projects could be negatively affected if
the debt is allowed to balloon, he said.
Management and services provided by state enterprises must also be improved
in line with strategies laid out earlier. (MCOT online news)
Southern fruits come North
Southern Fruit Festival at Tha Pae Gate
Festival goers took part in fruit eating
competitions at the Southern Fruits Festival held at Tha Pae Gate on
September 5 and 6, 2014.
The Southern Fruits Festival was held at Tha Pae Gate on September 5 and 6,
2014 and included a buffet of Southern and Northern fruits as well as a
fruit eating competition, and sales of fruits from Southern orchardists.
Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard presided over the opening ceremony of the
festival on September 5 where he was joined by Nittaya Mhuen-anan, Head of
the Internal Trade Office Chiang Mai, which also sponsored the event.
Nittaya said that the event was held to help farmers increase their
distribution channels and by promoting new outlets for local fruit. The
Deputy Governor said the festival was held to build morale for Southern
farmers who have been restricted in their distribution due to instability in
the region, adding that it was good for Chiang Mai to help Southern farmers.
Thailand to train more migrant workers from neighboring countries
Thailand’s Department of Skill Development will hold
training courses for migrant workers from neighboring countries to upgrade
Nakorn Silpa-Archa, director-general of the Department of Skill Development,
told a labour development workshop at the Ministry of Labour today that this
year his department received Bt14 million from the Department of East Asian
Affairs to train Lao, Cambodian and Myanmar workers in 22 provinces.
The training covers about 2,400 workers and includes courses on motorcycle
and computer maintenance as well as construction.
The migrant workers countries have cooperated well with the project and the
training proved to improve relations with them. Trainees also learned about
cultures and workers’ rights in Thailand.
Mr. Nakorn said that the training would continue next year, as the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs has granted 12 million baht to sponsor it.
The number of trainees will be the same at 2,400 and courses will meet
labour demands of the special economic zones in Tak, Sa Kaeo, Trat, Songkhla
and Mukdahan provinces covering construction, logistics and sewing.
He added that the foreign trainees would receive certificates like their
Thai peers. (MCOT online news)
Lanna Expo featuring local wisdom from September 19 -23
The Lanna Expo 2014 is being
held at the International Convention and Exhibition Center until September
23, it was announced at a recent press conference by Governor Suriya
Prasatbuntitya, Arnat Wittayanukul, Lamphun Deputy Governor; Rittipong
Techapan, Lampang Deputy Governor; Sutha Saiwanich, Mae Hong Son Deputy
Governor; and Dr. Sarawut Srisakul, Director of Pinkanakorn Development
Agency. The event features over 800 booths with products and services from
the Northern Provincial Cluster 1 and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.