The good news: the Thai military junta may soon lift martial law, which has been in place for nearly a year. The bad news: it will be replaced by something worse that could give junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha much more power. Read more...
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister and junta leader has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch's approval is considered a formality. Read more...
BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Thai authorities Monday said they would use special powers under junta rule to “urgently” improve airline safety as several carriers face bans on new international flights following concerns raised by a UN aviation agency. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations body, recently reported “significant safety concerns” to Thailand’s […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Bangkok Airways’ outlook brightens as expansion at Samui Airport begins, according to an assessment made by Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation. According to the CAPA report, Bangkok Airways is pursuing expansion at Samui Airport, using some of the additional slots made available after Thai authorities agreed to raise the cap on aircraft movements by almost […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says it will focus on digital marketing to make it easier for overseas event organisers to gain updated information. The plan involves developing a Thailand MICE web portal, to improve TCEB’s online information distribution with mobile applications and easier access to the Thai MICE database. TCEB president, Nopparat […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: Travel association leaders have called on the government to allow officials to attend seminars in neighbouring countries using land transport following the government’s ban on overseas trips to attend seminars and meetings. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the ban during his weekly televised talk late last month. He reminded officials that […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: A China India ASEAN Summit will be hosted at 7 to 9 April at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. Organised by ASEAN Affairs Business Council and media company, ASEAN Affairs, pre-event publicity suggests the event will attract 150 business leaders from China, India and the ASEAN region. Overall attendance could reach 300 […] Read more...
PHUKET, 27 March 2015: Kata Group Resorts is sponsoring the Phuket International Cricket Week 2015. The Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) event is made up of the 12th Annual Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament (16 to 19 April) and the 4th Annual Kata International Cricket 7s Tournament (22 to 24 April). A total of 24 […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a deadly tour bus crash in Phuket earlier this week. The bus driver and company owner have reported to police. TTR Weekly understands a full investigation will focus on the safety of tour buses, qualifications of drivers and tour company responsibility to […] Read more...
Another week in Thailand, and with it another spell of fatal traffic accidents: Three Chinese tourists died after a bus plunged down a hill in Phuket on March 25, and seven migrant workers from Burma (Myanmar) were killed the day before when the truck carrying them was hit by a train in Chiang Mai. These Read more...
The much-anticipated Bangkok International Book Fair has returned at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (March 26-April 6). Held annually by The Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT), the big, jam-packed book week has also been setting new attendance records in the past few years. But is its success a reflection or an illusion of Thai reading culture? Read more...
BANGKOK, 26 March 2015: Airports of Thailand reports its February data showing increases in both aircraft movements and passengers at six airports under its management. AoT released its latest data, Tuesday, showing a 25.84% improvement at its managed airports. The six airports handled 9,180,195 passengers up from 7,295,372. The overall airports’ aircraft movements also increased […] Read more...
THE allegations against the four men are severe: they are accused of being in connection to an alleged ”terrorism network” plotting to launch bomb attacks in Bangkok. A blast on March 7 at the Criminal Court (where no one was injured) is being pinned on them. They were held in military barracks for almost a week without charges, in accordance with martial law that is still in force since the military coup almost a year ago. Read more...
BANGKOK, 25 March 2015: Tourism Council of Thailand has revised its estimate on Thailand’s tourist arrivals from the previous target of 28.36 million to 27.96 million. According to the latest Thailand Tourism Confidence Index, released Tuesday, the revised target is based on a declining confidence in the Russian market and local economic conditions in Thailand. […] Read more...
BANGKOK 25 March 2015: For the third year in a row, SpiceRoads is inviting riders to join their team on the Tour of Friendship R1, a five-stage road bike race, 2 to 6 May. Riding with SpiceRoads’ team is an ideal introduction for would-be road racers as it offers them the benefit of team support. […] Read more...
Hardly a week goes by in Thailand when Chinese tourists are not in the press for an array apparent misdemeanors, most of which are petty cultural crimes relating to the breaching of Thailand’s many taboos. Social media has maintained a steady flow of viral photographs and videos of the Chinese parvenu in Thailand, purportedly shocking the nation – and the world – by defecating in streets, opening emergency doors on airplanes, drying laundry in public, and performing high-kicks on temple bells, all of which have led to an online dis-like campaign towards Thailand’s most lucrative tourist demographic. Read more...
Bangkok, 24 March 2015: The Thai government has launched yet another hotline, this time 1111, to receive complaints from foreigners visitors or residents in Thailand. The new help line is in addition to the existing 1155 Tourist Police Call Centre. There was no explanation why the country needed two help lines for the single task […] Read more...
Monks may have a reputation for being meek, mild mannered, and nothing less than well behaved. But two abbots defied that stereotype in Sikhiu district in Thailand on Sunday, after a bout of drunk driving lead to a car accident and the pair’s subsequent expulsion from their monastery. Read more...