CHIANG RAI – Chiang Rai Governor Boonsong Techamanisatit has officially launched the ‘Chiang Rai ASEAN Flower Festival 2015’ on the theme ‘Miracle Flowers of Lanna,’ as the province steps up its tourism campaign ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) due to commence on the last day of this month.
Chiang Rai Governor Boonsong Techamanisatit, made the announcement during the monthly unofficial forum of provincial administrative officers, the Red Cross, court officials, other government units and the press.
The event is aimed at promoting tourism in Chiang Rai, preserving its cultural heritage and Lanna traditions, as well as stimulating the local economy.
Officials said event-goers will have the opportunity to see various winter flowers, such as tulips, lilies, and cyclamens. The festival’s highlights include a light tunnel, a display of fantasy lanterns, and fireworks.
The officials invited Buddhists to pay their respects to the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha Kassapa from Bhutan and watch another highlight, a maritime parade.
The event will also showcase OTOP items made by Chiang Rai people. The festival is being held from December 24 to January 10 at the Circle of Culture along the province’s Kok River.
In addition, the forum also discussed the appointment of new government officials, the Red Cross Fair 2016, and New Year security policies.
By Thammarat Thadaphrom and Rodney McNeil
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