The Bachelor Season Finale Could Spark Tourist Boom in the Golden Triangle
Whether Sean chooses Catherine or Lindsay in the season finale of leading ABC TV series The Bachelor, it could be the resort where America’s most eligible man stayed that proves the real winner. The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort hosted Sean Lowe late last year while the dramatic final programme was shot.
Christian Zunk, the general manager of the Anantara Golden Triangle, believes that coverage in TV programmes such as The Bachelor can only help to “drive awareness” of the area.
“It attracts people to come here,” he says. “They want to find out where it is.”
Prior to the show, the remote area in the north of Thailand has been more renowned for opium production than for tourism.
Now Zunk believes it is this very remoteness that could provide a future for tourism, especially for those who wish to avoid the Thai road most travelled by tourists, heading to Chiang Mai in the north and the islands of the south.
“It has a great potential,” says Zunk. “It is an undiscovered destination. You get back to nature with elephants and sleep with the sound of the jungle.”
Zunk points to the example of ‘Lost in Thailand’, the record breaking Chinese comedy that has helped spike tourism to Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai, where the film is set. Whether The Bachelor will have the same pulling power only time will tell.