ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Burned-out Thai mall to reopen
President Kobchai Chirathivat said about 150 million baht is being spent to install new security equipment at CentralWorld, which was heavily damaged by fires during the Bangkok riots on May 19. Asked about the possibility of political rallies on September 19 at some symbolic sites including Ratchaprasong, Mr. Kobchai said everybody had the right to stage demonstrations under the Constitution.
For CentralWorld, Karoon Chandrangsu, a director at the Engineering Institute of Thailand, has given advice on the building design and safety, with more CCTVs installed in some areas.
CPN plans to spend 100 million baht in the fourth quarter on marketing events to draw customers to CentralWorld.
The restoration of the heavily damaged Zen Department Store, however, will be finished next August.
Just before the fire in May, CentralWorld was selected as one of the world's best shopping and lifestyle centres by the International Council of Shopping Centres, the world's leading association for the shopping centre industry. CPN hopes the renovated CentralWorld will be even better and visitors will have an even more rewarding experience.
To celebrate its reopening, CPN will introduce Thailand's first open-air ice-skating rink and a "ladies-only" parking zone for 200 vehicles. About 40 new fashion shops will also open outlets here including Fred Perry and Stradivarious.
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