The Minister of the Interior, after a request by Chiang Mai tourism officials, has pledged to help support a drive to invite domestic tourists to the city which has been hit hard by lack of tourists due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation.
General Anupong Paochinda visited the province for a seminar this week and then met with the We Love Chiang Mai group, which is devoted to driving tourism to the city and region. He reportedly listened to the group’s concerns that they felt they were being overshadowed by Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya for a drive to restore tourism and they wanted to also have assistance from the government to drive tourists to Chiang Mai.
With borders closed for foreign tourists and plans to bring in foreign long-stay tourists under various proposals still a ways off, the Interior Ministry has reportedly agreed to help the province bring in domestic tourism.
Chiang Mai Provincial Tourism and Sports Official, Parisa Panprom, specifically asked for assistance from the Ministry of the Interior in supporting events, such as an upcoming International Horticultural Exposition, and promotion for them to help drive tourists to the area. This will reportedly include discount vouchers and special promotions specifically for the Chiang Mai region.
Additionally, at the upcoming Thai Tourism Authority expat deals events, many deals will reportedly be offered to drive expats living in the country to visit Chiang Mai as well. Reportedly, Chiang Mai has also been proposed (but not promised) for a future expansion of any proposal for bringing in foreign tourists after testing on more remote island locations.
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