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The Chiang Mai Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is working to publicize a correct understanding regarding the rumors of a tourism boycott by Chinese tourists to Thailand, says the director.
TAT Chiang Mai Director Wisut Buachum spoke regarding the rumors spread by some Chinese media on an alleged boycott by Chinese tourists who have decided not to come to Chiang Mai province or Thailand in general. However, inquiries by TAT overseas offices in China found no concrete evidence of such a development.
However, he said that TAT Chiang Mai will be holding a meeting with tourism entrepreneurs in the province to discuss measures to defuse the issue as soon as possible.
Regarding the regulation affecting Chinese tourists travelling to Thailand in caravan vehicles, Chiang Mai’s TAT Director said that this does not much affect Chiang Mai Province. He noted though, that this action could be interpreted by visitors as being unwelcoming, which could eventually erode the confidence of Chinese tourists visiting in various modes of transportation.
Chiang Mai Province currently welcomes about 800,000 tourists from China annually, with 50,000 travelling overland through the Chiang Khong border crossing in Chiang Rai Province.