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Chiang Mai hotels and the virus: Even discounting rooms is having no effect on tourist numbers

 

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Daily News were the latest media to visit Chiang Mai and discover the disastrous effect that the coronavirus is having on tourism in the north.

 

They spoke to Pornchai Jitranawasathien, a hotelier who is the former chief of the Chiang Mai tourism business association.

 

Pornchai said that hotels have been forced to offer discounts but even this drastic measure was having no effect. 

 

There just were not any tourists to take advantage of the offers. 

 

He said that tourism in Chiang Mai is down 70% with hoteliers getting just 15-20% of expected earnings in recent months. 

 

And he said there was no end in sight. He called on the government to offer tax breaks. 

 

The doom and gloom was echoed by La-iat Bungsrithong of the Northern Thailand Hoteliers' Association who spoke of the four and five star hotels in Chiang Mai who principally cater to the Chinese market as being particularly hard hit. 

 

Up to 60 of such hotels had to give refunds after cancellations caused by the coronavirus/Covid -19 outbreak. 

 

She expected the crisis to continue through March at least. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

 

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Once upon a time in CM, you could throw a rock and you would be guaranteed to hit a Chinese tourist not any more. There are a few around but not many. Having breakfast at Miguels this morning and saw two pushing their luggage down the road. At present more westerns in town than Chinese. 

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6 minutes ago, Yorkshire Tea said:

Who the hell wants to visit Chiang Mai right now?  Air is toxic!  I should know, I live here!

Tourists don´t care about the air quality - or they don´t know. 95% of the tourists don´t wear a N95 mask. In my area (Nam Phrae, near the Grand Canyon) it´s 203 right now.

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Serious question:  

 

How bad is the air there now?  Doesn't horrible pollution allow for the quote, "First time, shame on you.  Second time, shame on me."  Why spend money for toxic air????  people should only fall for this once.  

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8 minutes ago, Ventenio said:

Serious question:  

 

How bad is the air there now?  Doesn't horrible pollution allow for the quote, "First time, shame on you.  Second time, shame on me."  Why spend money for toxic air????  people should only fall for this once.  

It's bad, try Switzerland next time.

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