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Vol. XIII No.19 - Sunday September 21, 2014 - Saturday October 4, 2014


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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 in Thailand.
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 apart.


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 among others.

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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 Thailand.
The second project they discussed was the preparedness of Chiang Mai towards AEC integration with a focus on infrastructure and the development of the labor market.
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.


Finance Ministry 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.

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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 their skills.
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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lampang Brand being introduced to promote quality and tourism in the province

Kantary Terrace features the crafts of the Phu Fa Shop

Northern Food Valley 2014 from September 26 -28

Anchan restaurant tops out on Ultimate Guide to Thailand food

Art Bridge Conversation Chengdu – Chiang Rai

Inspector General meets to discuss Thai Kitchen

Finance Ministry to restructure taxes

Southern fruits come North

Thailand to train more migrant workers from neighboring countries

Lanna Expo featuring local wisdom from September 19 -23

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