Chiang Mai tourism may be affected by anti-government rally


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Sunday expressed its concerned that the planned anti-government rally of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) in Chiang Mai would lower the number of foreign tourist arrivals in the northern province.

The red-shirt UDD planned to stage another protest when Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will visit Chiang Mai to attend the provincial chamber of commerce meeting next weekend.

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“If the protesters abide by the law, no violence would occur and the tourism sector would not be affected,” Chiang Mai’s TAT director Chalermsak Suranant said. “The people of Chiang Mai should know what their best interest is.”

Mr Chalermsak said the overall tourism situation in Chiang Mai had improved, as can be seen by the rising number of hotel reservations.

Many big and international meetings will also be held in the province in the end of this month, he added.