Chiang Mai uses “Flowers” to raise its brand

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Chiang Mais new February Tourism Calendar is launched under a newly created brand Chiang Mai Bloomspositioning the Thai Northern Province during its blooming time to be the Meeting Point of Asia.

Chiang Mai Province together with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB and Thai Hotel Association Northern Chapter announced the launch of a new collaborative project. Established through a platform of Pracharath network, the project uses flowersas a key attribute to campaign a newly created brand Chiang Mai Bloomsaiming to promote the provinces flagship festival and make Chiang Mai the meeting point of Asia.

Mr.Putipong Sirimatya, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, said that, Creative economy and innovation are the most important forces which drive Thailand’s development as identified by the Thai Government’s Thailand 4.0 Policy and the “Pracharath” Policy.  Chiang Mai Province joins hands with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), Thai Hotel Association – Northern Chapter, together with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and TCDC Chiang Mai to establish new management prototype utilising creativity and innovation to upgrade Chiang Mai’s existing assets into a driving engine of local’s economy. The pilot project under this cooperation chooses ‘flowers’ as a key attribute to create a new brand for tourism in Chiang Mai, so-called “Chiang Mai Blooms”.

“Chiang Mai Flower Festival, the country’s most famous event and the legend of the city, has already established as an ideal image of the winter time in Chiang Mai. The vision of colourful flower parade with charming Chiang Mai girls and the hand-painted umbrellas are also recognized as a symbol of the ‘Lanna Dream’. Meanwhile, many flower routes in the Chiang Mai have been gaining popularity and welcoming more than ten thousand visitors per year. With these strengths, the organisers see opportunities in developing this annual flower event to be the Flagship Festival to attract quality tourists from around the world to Chiang Mai. By working closely with local communities and stakeholders, all flower-related activities are gathered and listed in Chiang Mai’s February tourism calendar. They include business activities, services, accommodations, foods, leisure activities, and travelling routes. This calendar is promoted under the newly created brand “Chiang Mai Blooms”, aiming to promote Chiang Mai as the Meeting Point of Asia.  Meanwhile, the project enhances development the existing Chiang Mai Flower Festival by studying successful formats of the similar events held in overseas. In addition, it enhances local’s floral artists and the parade creators more opportunities to work with experts in designs to improve the format of the festival and to create new selling points for the festival.”

Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development and Innovation of TCEB, said that, TCEB sees potential in utilising festival to create content for the city, stimulate the local economy, and establish a good image to attract global travellers. Many cities around the world, especially the non-capital towns or the second tier-cities, use festivals as the economic stimulus.  For Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival is already recognised as the city’s asset and can be further developed to attract more international travellers.

“TCEB supports the Chiang Mai Blooms project, which to drive the growth of the local economy through the festival.  By advising the public sector the economic advantages and opportunities for entrepreneurs, TCEB enhances the collaboration between public and private sectors to establish the platform for a sustainable event. Meanwhile, by combining the existing flower-related activities with the new activities created by local business communities, the festival creates more options for visitors and encourages them to spend more time in Chiang Mai and generate more revenue into Chiang Mai’s economy.

Furthermore, TCEB encourages the improvement of the festival format, by matching the event’s creators such as Chiang Mai Province and different Chiang Mai Districts, to meet with the experts and gurus in designs such as TCED Chiang Mai, academies, and universities.  The aim is to improve the quality of the festival by providing advice, coaching, and grooming any flower-related activities to create memorable experience making the word-of-mouth to attract repeat travellers to the next year’s event. TCEB also provides a link between the event’s creators and leading corporations from different sectors such as banking, insurance, telecommunications, airlines, beverage, and consumer products. The objective is to encourage a these companies to participate in the festival. At the end the activity, TCEB will conduct the assessment to evaluate the success of the festival together with a plan for next year as well as a long-term plan. TCEB will also develop a handbook which can be used as a model for organising festivals in other cities.”

Mrs.Laiad  Bungsrithong, President of Thai Hotels Association Northern Chapter, said that, Chiang Mai Blooms’ mission is to develop Chiang Mai City through aesthetics and creativity, using ‘flower’ as key attribute to create economic opportunities, a pride for Chiang Mai people, and to develop Chiang Mai as a model for other cities in the country.  Flowers are Chiang Mai’s main agricultural product which takes parts in the tourism sector and also in Chiang’s Mai’s lifestyle. Flowers are parts of food recipes, beverages, skincare products, and clothing patterns. The local’s flower markets become the popular tourist attractions. Hotel and resorts use flowers as the decorative items creating a refreshing vibe to welcome the guests. This is a charm of Chiang Mai, the uniqueness which no city in this world could imitate.

“Chiang Mai Blooms reflects an integration of the creativity from Chiang Mai’s leading entrepreneurs and the new ideas from the new generation that present the joyful experiences and the floral-rich lifestyle. The festival targets three groups of visitors. The first group is the people of Chiang Mai. The event is aimed to transform Chiang Mai by the new generation and the new perspectives. The festival reflects cooperation among the Chiang Mai people as well as the power of new generation that can make a change to the future of the city. The second group is travellers from Bangkok and domestic travellers with highpurchasing power. The project introduces the idea that Chiang Mai is a civilised and aesthetic city which is ‘a must visit’ every year. And the third group, international travellers, the project presents the idea that Chiang Mai is the next destination to visit, to experience the Flower Festival and Chiang Mai’s beautiful way of life. It is a place to visit at least once in a lifetime.”

Highlights of Chiang Mai Blooms 2018

Witness the beauty of nature: Flower routings – observe beautiful flowers and decorative plants at their habitats; Bike with Flower – visit flower plantations in the local communities; NARIT Star Party enjoy the astronomy activities amidst the sweet scent of flowers at the Astro Park. Enjoy the vibes:  Hotels and Resorts across Chiang Mai will present flowers as part of their services, from check-in to check-out. For example, welcome drink, welcome card, special floral recipes at the restaurants, and etc. Bloom everyday at TCDC – the TCDC’s library is turned into the flowers garden; Flower and craft workshops – such as Blooming Tea by Or The x DFD flower studio,  Floral wood-craving at Baan Tawai Chiang Mai Craft Week 2018 at Hobbyist Studio, and Flower on fabric by RISSARA. Highlight activities: Flower on the Table – be part of an extraordinary dinner event and enjoy the gastronomic excellence with the special floral menu on the longest dinner table, accommodating up to 720 seats. Organized by the Thai Hotel Association – Northern Chapter, the dinner will be held on the 23 February 2018 at the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Mae Rim. The ticket costs 2,500 baht per person. Part of the revenue will be donated to the charitable activities; and Flower in the Air enjoy the beautiful scenery of the botanical garden at dawn on the hot air balloon, and a special breakfast meal amidst the sweet scent of garden flowers. Experience these activities at the Tweechol Botanical Garden in Doi Saket.

Further information at www.ChiangMaiBlooms.com, or at facebook fanpage: Chiang Mai Blooms and #chiangmaiblooms at all social media platforms.