Chiang Mai readies plans for high tourist season
The government and private sectors in Chiang Mai met on Sunday to discussed plans to welcome tourists and deal with crime.
This move came after Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced economic stimulus plans, covering the household and tourism sectors.
The meeting also discussed how to create awareness of scammers who could take advantage of the government's measures to steal cash or personal information from people.
Chiang Mai governor Worawit Chaisawat said the province would benefit from the government's economic stimulus measures.
He expects the policy to offer free visas to Chinese and Indian tourists will help Chiang Mai attract more tourists as there are direct flights from both countries to the province. Tourists can also drive to nearby provinces, he added.
The government and private agencies focused on how to welcome visitors, suppress crime and ensure safety, he said, adding that the province is well-prepared to welcome tourists.
He expects the number of visitors to increase this high season and asked locals to be good hosts to welcome and support visitors when they face problems as well as inform provincial officers if they see tourists causing trouble.
This move aims to gain confidence among foreigners and generate the much-needed revenue on which the northern province relies.
Worawit also warned everyone to be aware of scammers both in real life and via social media.
Pluemchit Singsutthichan from Chiang Mai Provincial Office of the Comptroller General, said scammers are already trying to take advantage of the government's 10,000 baht digital cash handout to steal cash or personal information even though registration for cash handouts is yet to be introduced.
She asked people to only obtain information reliable agencies and avoid clicking links received from short message service (SMS) or online platforms.