Buri Ram MotoGP to help boost economic recovery
The latest MotoGP 2022 World Championship in Buri Ram this weekend will be a driver of the post-pandemic economic recovery and offer a chance to amplify Thailand's soft power, the government said this week.
The province has pulled out all the stops to stage the 17th round of this year's world championship at the Chang International Circuit from today till Sunday, said deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul.
Racers have also arrived in the province for the event with the opening to be presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
The MotoGP competition took a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The deputy spokeswoman said Mr Anutin has given his assurance the world-class event is pulling in many visitors and spectators, which will hasten the pace of economic recovery.
The local economy will get a direct boost from visitors' spending on accommodation, food and tourist attractions. In the longer run, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is devising a campaign to woo international visitors to future MotoGP events.
Meanwhile, the government has arranged for some of the racers this weekend to try their hand at Muay Thai -- an activity it plans to broadcast globally as part of a sweeping tourism campaign.
Ms Traisuree said the TAT arranged for some of the riders to take lessons at Rajadamnern Stadium on Tuesday. The training sessions were recorded on video, which will be shown to over 800 million viewers across the world.
Ms Traisuree said Dorna Sports, organiser of the international MotoGP events, was very supportive and the government expects the tourism sector will benefit greatly in the long run.