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Come back Farangs! Tourism in Chiang Mai decimated by Chinese exodus

 

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Tourism operators were putting a brave face on prospects for high season in the northern Thai capital. 

 

But a brief report by Chiang Mai News painted a stark picture that really had one clear message:

 

Tourism in Chiang Mai has been decimated by the downturn in Chinese arrivals. 

 

Some were hoping that more Western tourists would fill their place especially during the next few months.

 

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A hotel operator in the Prapokklao area said that her business had been terrible the last few months. 

 

She was now forced to offer rooms by the month at discounts. These traditionally might attract more Westerners on longer stays. 

 

Food vendors all over the city said that since the Chinese stopped coming in greater numbers there are few customers. They rely on passing trade and office workers. 

 

It used to be vibrant but not any more, they said. 

 

Ek Namjit, 30, said that the situation was as bad as Phuket - that is to say terrible. 

 

Low prices for hotel rooms meant that some people would go out of business. He was forced to do two jobs to make ends meet. 

 

The high season may provide some respite with the arrival of farangs but the overriding message was that the tourism business was in a bad situation. 

 

Chiang Mai News quoted operators as saying that negative incidents and the resulting adverse social media comment had affected the Chinese tourism market considerably. 

 

Source: Chiang Mai News

 
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Yes farang LOVE to sit on concrete stools between loads of chinese ....it's their dream when on holiday 😎...maybe a soidog comes to sniff your leg, maybe annoying salespeople come to interrupt your conversation...it's all exactly what farang like 😂

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Yes dear Farangs, please come back, we want you now we need you now, never minds that when the Chinese were here we didn't even gave a second look, but now, please come back dears...

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It seems abundantly clear that wherever the Chinese go en masse, is subsequently avoided by everyone else. Sihanoukville is a classic example. Five years ago it was packed with tourists from everywhere, the Chinese invaded and everybody else has left. And once the good tourists have gone, they don't come back. Thailand put its eggs in the Chinese basket, and are now paying the price.

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Chiang Mai really needs to screw it's head on in the right direction and stop blaming the tourists. OK so maybe blame is a harsh word but again it is putting the onus on the tourists.

The past years decimation of small business is partly due to numbers and also due to the licensing fiasco, which would have seen yearly expenses go up somewhat ...  cough, cough.

The official sphere simply cannot recognise that tourist income after expenses is not as high as they would wish. One assumes that this a numbers game only in order to milk the profits. Nowhere does one see mention of quality.

The next debacle will be the impending property tax which means businesses will be taxed solely on the value of their land. One would assume the golden goose will then let out one last strangled cackle before it drops down lifeless , probably at the entrance of a deserted shopping mall.

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But on the 4th November, there was a post on this forum 

which stated "Bookings Surge at Chiang Mai Hotels for Cool Season",

wishful thinking ?  or fake news.

 

regards worgeordie

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32 minutes ago, webfact said:

Come back Farangs! Tourism in Chiang Mai decimated by Chinese exodus

Fake news!

Only yesterday weren't Thai Airways saying there were more visitors:

"more Thai Airways flights have been booked by Chinese passport holders as many of them will be celebrating the Loi Krathong Festival and New Year in Thailand."

 

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4 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

But on the 4th November, there was a post on this forum 

which stated "Bookings Surge at Chiang Mai Hotels for Cool Season",

wishful thinking ?  or fake news.

 

regards worgeordie

From 1% to 20% occupancy would be a sudden surge.

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My wife works at a tourist attraction in the Mesa Valley, business is booming and she's rushed off her feet, fewer Chinese but still plenty of tourists. AND, try driving the 107 and 1096 on a weekend, it's becoming manic with huge delays and queues. Sooo, if Muang is lite on tourists I don't know where the ones we're seeing are staying and eating. 

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7 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

But on the 4th November, there was a post on this forum 

which stated "Bookings Surge at Chiang Mai Hotels for Cool Season",

wishful thinking ?  or fake news.

 

regards worgeordie

Both! Wishful thinking/FAKE news.

 

Are the country's leaders getting the message or are they too caught up in election gimmickry ?

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Doe you really believe these articles? the high season traffic in CNX is already super busy. Im guessing more and more Thais are visiting with their own transport. Thai familys surely make the perfect customers for restaurants, hotels etc. No complaining about being vegan, gluten free, no oil in food. Thai people seem to be the biggest spenders in the more upmarket places in Chiang Mai with many wealthy Bangkok people visiting regularly to take advantage of the outdoor pursuits such as trail running and cycling. 

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Now that CM police are clamping down on the licensing law, and many restaurants and bars are falling in line between 2-5, I doubt CM is such an attractive place to visit for Farangs.  Which leads to the cost of alcohol increasing as such restaurants and bars are losing their income - and as we all know Thai economics is based on 'we have no customers, we are losing income, therefore we need to put up prices'. 

 

As for the Chinese tourists, IMO, in the main they are arrogant, loud-mouths, and stingy - albeit the woman visiters dress wonderfully. 

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11 minutes ago, Ape1983 said:

Doe you really believe these articles? the high season traffic in CNX is already super busy. Im guessing more and more Thais are visiting with their own transport. Thai familys surely make the perfect customers for restaurants, hotels etc. No complaining about being vegan, gluten free, no oil in food. Thai people seem to be the biggest spenders in the more upmarket places in Chiang Mai with many wealthy Bangkok people visiting regularly to take advantage of the outdoor pursuits such as trail running and cycling. 

Only Thai tourists? The ones who profit from the double pricing must be suffering..

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