The Tourism Authority of Thailand says this year's Chinese New Year celebration will generate no less than 20 billion baht from local and foreign tourists visiting the country to celebrate the events held in 12 old Chinese communities in Bangkok and the provinces.

Meanwhile TAT deputy governor Santi Chutintara and Ms Lan Suhong from the Cultural Attache with the Chinese Consulate in Thailand chaired a press conference to announce the joint celebration to mark the 43rd anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Both Thailand and China have agreed to co-organize 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations in 12 old Chinese communities in Thailand.

Some of these include Yaowarat Chinese New Year in Bangkok, the Chiang Mai Chinatown Chinese New Year and the traditional Chao Por Chao Mae Pak Nam Pho riverside community Chinese New Year festival in Nakhon Sawan.

According to the deputy governor, the festivities in Bangkok's China Town or commonly known as Yaowarat have been planned for February 16 -17 and will include traditional Chinese performing arts display, ancient Chinese martial arts demonstration from 9 provinces.

On top of this a renowned chef from the Federation of China Catering Industry from Zhejiang province has been invited to specially prepare dishes for Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

The princess will officially preside over the opening ceremony on February 16.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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