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Chiang Mai Pushes Rock Climbing for Economic Boost

CHIANG MAI (NNT) – Chiang Mai tourism leaders are advocating for the promotion of rock climbing to tap into a global market of 44.5 million enthusiasts, recognizing the sport’s potential to significantly boost local economies. During Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s recent visit, Punlop Saejew, Acting President of the Chiang Mai Tourism Council, highlighted the economic benefits of rock climbing, suggesting that hosting climbing championships could generate over 1 billion baht in revenue for local destinations.

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According to data from the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), the potential for rock climbing in Chiang Mai is substantial. The U.S. alone boasts 10.4 million climbers, with Americans being among the top visitors to the province. The IFSC’s 2019 event in Colorado attracted 7,700 participants, underscoring the sport’s significant economic impact and potential for extended visitor stays, similar to major events such as the FIFA World Cup. Full story:

Krajangwit Johjit
National News Bureau of Thailand

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