Haze keeps visitors away from Chiang Mai

Haze keeps visitors away from Chiang Mai

28 March 2008

published by www.bangkokpost.com

Thailand — The tourist industry has felt the impact of the haze, especially in Chiang Mai province.

Hotel occupancy just two weeks ahead of the Songkran holiday has yet to reach 50 per cent, when it is normally at between 85-90 per cent during this time of the year, officials claim.

Boonlert Burnaporn, an official from the tourist industry, said the haze is estimated to have caused a loss of hundreds of millions of baht in income.

“We already had the bad economy to deal with before this. Now we have to deal with another problem so it’s a great burden,” he complained.

“The government really needs to address this problem because it’s the second year now that the haze has had an impact on the tourist industry,” he added.

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