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Chiang Mai tourism is dead! But no one mentions the impact of smog crisis

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Chiang Mai tourism is dead! But no one mentions the impact of smog crisis

 

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Caption: Very lonely tours! All quiet in Chiang Mai after Songkran

 

Chiang Mai News reported that all aspects of tourism in the province were dead after Songkran. 

 

But none of their reporters thought to ask a pertinent question: What impact has the smog crisis in the north had on tourism?

 

They quoted one guide they called "Pramote" as saying: "I just can't understand it. There are hardly any tourists anywhere. It's always poor for me in the low season but this year is the worst ever". 

 

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Picture: Chiang Mai News

 

He was thankful that he had other means to fall back on to support himself while he waited for the next high season.

 

Other guides said there was no business for them at all. 

 

What Chinese there were visiting were using red song thaews and going to places recommended on Chinese social media sites. They didn't need guides.

 

Transport operators told Chiang Mai News there were hardly any foreigners on routes to Pai and Mae Hong Sorn.

 

There were just the usual locals and a few Thai holidaymakers. 

 

They too mentioned no connection with the smog. They blamed the hot weather saying clearly the tourists had gone to cool off in the sea in Pattaya and Rayong. 

 

Traders in food and souvenirs said there was hardly anyone about except for a few Thais and the odd Chinese tour group eating or buying a few trinkets. 

 

The media called Chiang Mai very lonely after Songkran. 

 

Reports of smog were very widely reported on news sites and social media with Chiang Mai being repeatedly named as one of the filthiest places in the world on consecutive days at the height of the crisis, notes Thaivisa.

 

Source: Chiang Mai News

 

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-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-04-30

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It's dead now for several reasons: 

Low season after Songkran, always was, always will be. 

Seasonal burning/smoke/haze. Same same but worse. Politicians/cops useless. 

Social media: "most polluted city on earth", true or false doesn't matter. 

Hot as ####! and this year almost zero rains. Al Gore was right. 

Chinese invasion, which despite arrivals doesn't bring much local income. 

And... the continued failure of over-saturated copy-cat business sense: 

Let's open a cheap guesthouse / travel agency / restaurant and money will fall out of the sky!!! 

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I'm surprised the pollution has made an impact yet, I know of tourists arriving in Chiang Mai totally oblivious to the dangerous air quality here. It will probably take a while but word will get out - I certainly feel responsible to warn family and friends not to visit from February to May. The clowns in charge continue to ignore the developing tourism crisis. Maybe King Prayut Canute can come back to do his party trick in the future..

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16 minutes ago, Captain_Bob said:

It's dead now for several reasons: 

Low season after Songkran, always was, always will be. 

Seasonal burning/smoke/haze. Same same but worse. Politicians/cops useless. 

Social media: "most polluted city on earth", true or false doesn't matter. 

Hot as ####! and this year almost zero rains. Al Gore was right. 

Chinese invasion, which despite arrivals doesn't bring much local income. 

And... the continued failure of over-saturated copy-cat business sense: 

Let's open a cheap guesthouse / travel agency / restaurant and money will fall out of the sky!!! 

And let's not forget the artificially propped up and inflated baht. My wife had three friends jump on the "Golden Goose" last January. Two opened restaurants, one a guest house. All 3 have since gone under, leaving the people in some serious debt. When they complained to my wife, she told them: "My husband warned you, but you just laughed," and refused to help them. I said "had 3 friends", as now they won't talk to her.

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Tourism is a fifth of gdp and a tenth of government revenues. Chiang Mai is number 2 destination.

TAT needs to take the situation seriously. Deal with pollution is one thing. But need to look at and renew the overall offering in that city.

Instead of sitting on the purse strings, need to open up and flow the investment north.

Not just rice farmers are suffering.

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BBC news and other noted media clearly noted that Chiang Mai was the most

polluted city in the world.  No wonder tourism is way down and will be for years to come.

A company called Sunshine canceled a 500,000,000 baht retirement community due to pollution.

I have had 2 friends die from lung cancer and after 17 years I have had enough.  Throw in the never

ending immigration issues and you can be your own judge.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

They too mentioned no connection with the smog. They blamed the hot weather saying clearly the tourists had gone to cool off in the sea in Pattaya and Rayong. 

It's steaming hot in Rayong as well but at least it does cool the air a bit as the wind is coming from the south off the sea.

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   Only money or very bad international publicity gets any action on problems in Thailand.  Perhaps the loss of tourists--with the loss of their money--will spur some action on the bad smog.  But, don't hold your breath.  Err, maybe do hold your breath if you are outside in CM.

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PM 2.5 is still over 150 today...I don’t recommend CM to anyone anymore...lining up my escape plans for the next few years from Feb until June....

 

the quality of living in CM is decreasing daily on so many fronts...

 

no vision no proactive thinking no idea on how to make a growing city an attractive city...just keep building unregulated new Moo baans on the outskirts of town and widen the road arteries with asphalt into town.....incredible incompetence and worse yet their ignorance is worse than their lack of planning skills.....

 

activity but no achievement of success....

 

 

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Yet, Vaping is illegal and you can go to Jail

While those BURNING OFF are creating a Tourism Disaster

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How about "5 years in jail for possession of a vaper" or 15 years in jail for possession of 0.1 grams of coke" ? Unbreathable air, total lack of fair justice, so many things now out there to make the tourists feel extremely vulnerable !

Going over the top with rules and regulations will have a highly negative effect on a person,s wish to go to Thailand.

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acknowledging a problem means finding a solution why do you think there are never any garbage cans on thai beaches?

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