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Chiang Mai Tourism Revenue Rises 35 Per Cent In 2006


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Chiang Mai tourism revenue rises 35 per cent in 2006

BANGKOK: -- Revenue from tourism in the northern capital of Chiang Mai in 2006 is projected at about Bt42 billion (about US$1.1 billion), up 35 per cent from last year, according to a report issued by Kasikorn Research Centre.

The report said the number of tourists visiting the resort province would rise sharply during this November and December due to seasonal effect and the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 -- an international horticultural exposition to be hosted in the province from November 1 to January 31, 2007.

Over 2.5 million plants, including some 2,200 species of tropical plants and flowers, will be showcased at the event, the first international horticultural exposition ever held in Thailand, with Thailand also being the first country in Southeast Asia to ever host such an event.

Not less than 4.6 million tourists, including 2.6 million Thais, are expected to visit the province in 2006, an increase of approximately 15 per cent from 2005, it said.

Of the total projected tourism revenue, about Bt13 billion will be derived from sales of souvenir goods, especially goods made under the government-sponsored 'One Tambon One Product' (OTOP) programme and varied handicrafts, the report said.

Hotels and resorts are expected to rank second in terms of earnings as they are projected to receive about Bt9.2 billion this year, up 22 per cent from 2005, it said.

Currently, there are more than 270 hotels and guest houses with approximately 18,000 rooms available for tourists with signs of more five-star hotels coming in the future.

--TNA 2006-08-20

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Chiang Mai tourism revenue rises 35 per cent in 2006

BANGKOK: -- Revenue from tourism in the northern capital of Chiang Mai in 2006 is projected at about Bt42 billion (about US$1.1 billion), up 35 per cent from last year, according to a report issued by Kasikorn Research Centre.

The report said the number of tourists visiting the resort province would rise sharply during this November and December due to seasonal effect and the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 -- an international horticultural exposition to be hosted in the province from November 1 to January 31, 2007.

--TNA 2006-08-20

It's all very well to issue a report projecting these figures, but it's all smoke and mirrors till they achieve those totals. The Night Surfferingari was projected to make a substantial profit in the first half of the year, but instead is operating at a massive loss. Why do they make these claims? :o

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