Hat Yai hotels fully booked for Chinese New Year


SONGKHLA, Jan 18 — Hotel rooms in Thailand’s southern tourist haven of Hat Yai are now fully booked mostly by tourists from Malaysia and Singapore for the Chinese New Year this weekend, according to Hat Yai-Songkhla Hotel Association President.

Mr Somchart Pimthanapoonporn said that all hotel rooms in Songkhla’s Hat Yai were fully booked Jan 23-31 as  domestic tourists and visitors from Thailand’s neighbouring countries have confidence in the safety measures and have shrugged off the floods that have occurred and may be yet to come during this season.

It was expected that at least Bt200 million would be in circulation for the jubilant Chinese New Year, the same amount as last year, he said.

Mr Somchart said the public and private tourism industry sectors jointly organised the celebration for Jan 21-25 at Srinakorn Foundation School and Sanaehanusorn Road in Hat Yai municipality.

A wide range of activities were to be held including an acrobatic troupe from Gansu province in China, silver and golden dragons and a lion dance troupe from Nakhon Sawan, a Chinese singers concert, the Miss Hat Yai 2012 beauty contest and the China Doll 2012 contest.