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Tourism Minister Tells Chiang Rai Relief Coming Soon With Border Reopening

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Thailand’s tourism minister visited Chiang Rai to meet with business owners hoping for a lifeline amid the pandemic recession.

Pipat Ratchakitprakarn visited the Food and Herb Learning Center in Chiang Saen District talking with local residents, who told him of the problems they’ve encountered due to Covid-19’s effects on tourism.

The minister promised that the government will promote cultural, health and eco-tourism tourism in the area.

He insisted that Chiang Rai has the potentila to become a top destination again as its tourism industry mostly caters to Thai domestic tourists.

Even though border trade is still frozen, it is likely that soon after the border’s eventual reopening, everything will return to its former bustling state, Pipat said.

Currently the government is assessing the situation in order to open the border. It is expected Chiang Rai will be the first province that will see tourism recover quickly because it attracts tourists from neighboring countries like Laos, Myanmar, and China, the minister noted.