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Tourism in northern Thailand decimated: Worst in ten years say hoteliers

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8 hours ago, WinnieTheKhwai said:

I've looked more into the reasons why this kind of reporting is extremely misleading. They are quoting the Northern Chapter of the Thai Hotel Association. 
This is a club of 64 (!) hotels, most of them very long established. Places like the Orchid Hotel, Chiang Mai Gate, CM Plaza Hotel, Dusit Princess, Suriwongse, Holiday Inn, M Hotel (formerly Montri), Imperial Mae Ping, Lotus PSK, Phucome, Flora Creek (formerly Kritsada Doi Resort), Prince Hotel, etc. etc. So in short these are all hotels that were also around 20-30 years ago, (with some 5-Star newcomers like the Meridien and Anantara) For reference, the full list is here: http://www.thaihotels.org/16779806/northern-upper


It would be an understatement to say that Chiang Mai tourism is not the same as it was 20-30 years ago. No longer a couple dozen entrenched hotels dominate the market. A quick look on Agoda shows 5,274 hotels , hostels and other accommodation providers. Booking dot com: 2,084. 


So there are now THOUSANDS of options for tourists to stay in Chiang Mai. Most of these did not even exist '10 years ago' as stated by the old guard hotel operators. 
There is probably an interesting and relevant article / headline to be found in there, about the changing landscape of tourist accommodation in the North, but a whine about 'the worst for 10 years' on tourist numbers certainly isn't it. 


I wish fewer journalists let themselves be fooled so easily. One thing the Hotel Association does well is issue press releases and do seminars and interviews. So the laziest of journalists will have something to print.

Doesn't really matter how many hotels there are now in Chiang Mai the plain fact is tourism is down! Chiang Mai is like a ghost town any day and night of the week high or low season!

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my friends that come here at least once a year are not coming down and want me to meet them in Vietnam 

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Decimated actually means one tenth......according to these figures it is more like 20 to 40 percent.

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First all, fix the taxi rip off throughout the country. Starting from Phuket and all the way upto Chiang mai. 

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5 minutes ago, michaellee said:

First all, fix the taxi rip off throughout the country. Starting from Phuket and all the way upto Chiang mai. 

Who would you suggest fix it?  

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41 minutes ago, fordguy61mi said:

Chinese people are some of the rudest I know of. They aren’t considerate to anyone but themselves.

From my experience, I agree with you Fordy, and a total lack of manners by most of them too!

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8 hours ago, MartinKal said:

It is hard to understand why the authorities have allowed things to get so out of hand.

Perhaps because, instead of the steps which you - wisely- suggest; they have spent the last few years taking bungs to allow pollution, taxi/red song-thaw rackets, widespread jerrybuilding of resorts and unfettered Chinese "Zero Baht" package tourism. 

 

Chiang Mai is now, as a tourist destination, utterly b*gg*red. Many other tourist destinations in the Kingdom are heading the same way. Corruption, gouging, scam collusion and ignoring pollution have killed the industry. I suspect it is too far gone, and facing too stiff competition, to recover.

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9 hours ago, Mikisteel said:

Vietnam for the family holiday this year. Suggestions welcome. Family friendly.

Depending on how old your kids are....we were there in May and had a great time. Hotels have the best buffet breakfasts in Asia in my opinion. DaNang is fun with the sea, and Hoi An down the road forty minutes. But I always enjoy Hue, and you can take the train from DaNang there, but make sure you don't do what I did and booked a train at 1am instead of 1pm. Train runs nice and slow along the South China Sea right into Hue. When I have time I will post the hotels we stayed in. Also DaNang has the Bana Resort in the mountains for a day visit....great for the kids and you....about 6 kilometers on the ski lift type gondola....buffet lunch is included and it is great with over 70 choices. Most of of the things are included in the price, and you can book it through your hotel. They overcharged us for one of the kids and the tour guide told me and they refunded the balance at the hotel.....very impressed by that honesty because I had no idea. Everywhere we stayed they bent over backwards to make us happy. They would even walk out to the street a 150 feet to flag down a taxi for us.....and a ten to fifteen minute journey cost 40 baht. One hotel had a free shuttle bus to the beach which was private for three hotels.....fabulous.

I flew on AirAsia four people for 18,000 baht to DaNang. Also Mexican and Indian food was great and cost 650 baht for four of us. Good luck.

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10 hours ago, emptypockets said:

 

just shows one can NOT believe all reports CAN ONE???

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

But the TAT and the Thai Ministry for Tourism and Sports continue to paint a rosier picture than what businesses - and ordinary tourists - are experiencing on the ground. 

nothing new here, we all know TAT always projects estimates and forecasts to the highest levels, not once they provided true numbers

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the owner of the bar next door doesn't appear to be concerned, he says his income will not drop, less customers he charges double to the ones going to his place

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10 hours ago, Mikisteel said:

Vietnam for the family holiday this year. Suggestions welcome. Family friendly.

Plenty Clean Places there Hoi ann up the coast that way Nice smiling people decent exchange rate a Lot Less Expensive than Thailand .

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13 minutes ago, Mansell said:

 Everywhere we stayed they bent over backwards to make us happy.

They use to do that in Thailand a long time ago

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1 hour ago, peixotorms said:

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I wonder why...

Check out No 6.

 

Vietnam still the land of milk and honey everyone? 🙂

 

 

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8 minutes ago, aspenbkk said:

Plenty Clean Places there Hoi ann up the coast that way Nice smiling people decent exchange rate a Lot Less Expensive than Thailand .

Didn't the pound go from 36 to 29 in Vietnam in the past few years?  Is that a decent exchange rate?

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