Reward offered for reporting people who spread fake Covid news in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai tourism operators are offering gift vouchers to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest of people spreading news about the city’s Covid-19 situation. Concerned that such false accounts could jeopardise Songkran tourism in the northern city, businesses have come together to offer vouchers worth up to 50,000 baht.

According to a Nation Thailand report, tourism operators are angry about a social media post that claims “every square inch of Chiang Mai is under the risk of Covid”. After a 2-year struggle during the pandemic, businesses are determined to put an end to anything that could cause further damage to the local economy by scaring away potential visitors over the Songkran holiday.

The Chiang Mai Tourist Business Association has already filed a police report in relation to the social media post. Director Amnart Duangsing says local businesses have agreed to offer gift vouchers valued between 30,000 and 50,000 baht, covering accommodation, car hire, restaurants, and spas. Amnart warns that police will also charge anyone found spreading false information online.

Jarasri Lin, managing director of Respect Travel says she hopes the rewards will stop people spreading inaccurate information about the Covid situation in the city. Anupong Thangwongsakul from Chiang Mai Rainbow Tour is concerned such news could have a negative impact on tourism in the city, at a time when operators are counting on an increase in visitor numbers.

The Chiang Mai Tourist Business Association says it can be contacted on 084-374-3310 or the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau can be reached on its 1441 hotline.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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