Chiang Mai airport’s female staff in red traditional Chinese dress welcomed arriving Chinese tourists with auspicious oranges as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Chinese tourists arrived on two Chinese flights at 10am – flight MU2595 of China Eastern Airlines from Kunming and flight CA707 of China Airlines from Wuhan. The two flights were regarded as the first arrival of Chinese tourists for the Chinese New Year holidays.
The officials also burst a set of balloons to imitate the sound of firecrackers as part of the welcome.
Each of the Chinese tourists was given an orange in a red pouch.
The Chiang Mai airport’s acting director said the facility expected some 8,000 Chinese tourists would arrive daily during February 1 to 10, which would be a 10-per cent increase over last year.