BANGKOK, 5 March 2015: The second edition of Thailand Domestic MICE Mart, opened Tuesday, at the Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok in a move to support local events. Speaking at the media conference on mart’s opening day organiser, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai said it would stimulate the domestic […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 5 March 2015: Manathai Hotels & Resorts has launched its latest property, Manathai Koh Samui, at ITB Berlin 2015. The hotel group, Manathai Hotels & Resorts was establihed last November at World Travel Market in London and is now credited with four properties under management, or due to open later this year. They comprise of […] Read more...
This is part XXX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It is hard to deny that the human rights situation in Thailand has sharply deteriorated since last year’s coup which brought in the authoritative Read more...
BANGKOK, 3 March 2015: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) again joins forces with Visa International (VISA) to organise the “Thailand Splash and Spice” campaign that runs from now to the end of May. This year’ campaign has been extended to cover three months including the summer school holidays and the Thai New Year periods (Songkran). […] Read more...
CHIANG MAI, 3 March 2015: Chiang Mai International Airport will expand to increase its capacity to accommodate a boom in passenger traffic. Airports of Thailand’s Regional Airports’ senior executive vice president, Samai Chantorn, said the company has a plan to expand capacity by 2016. The first task, which is already underway, is the extension of parking […] Read more...
Foreigners who hold long-term leases on property in Thailand were in for a shock last week, when a Phuket court ruled that formerly attractive secured leases are "not valid." Foreigners technically can't own land in Thailand, but they can sign a 30-year lease that can be renewed twice, for two more subsequent 30-year periods. Read more...
BANGKOK, 2 March 2015: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launches the Thailand’s MICE United II programme to boost international visitors and revenue this year. Speaking at the campaign’s launch, last Friday, TCEB president Nopparat Maythaveekulchai said the campaign is based on a partnership with various agencies in Thailand that was established in 2014. The four  founding […] Read more...
BANGKOK, 27 February 2015: Airports of Thailand reports its January data showing increases in both aircraft movements and passengers at six airports under its management. AoT released its latest data, Thursday, revealing an improvement of 17.67% at its six airports. They handled 9,519,564 passengers up from 8,089,911 during the same month last year. The overall […] Read more...
Bangkok, 27 February 2015: Thailand’s travel related research should take a turn for the better now the Tourism Authority of Thailand has enrolled strategic partners. TAT’s Intelligence Centre (TATIC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Sports; the National Statistical Office of Thailand; Kasikorn Research Centre, and the […] Read more...
MUMBAI, 27 February 2015: “2015 Discover Thainess” was core promotional message at the Thailand Trade Investment Tourism Road Show that ends today 27 February, 2015, in Mumbai and Delhi. Organised by the Thai Ministry of Commerce, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Mumbai, the roadshow created business opportunities for Thai and Indian entrepreneurs. […] Read more...
Tourism Thailand’s attempt to charm potential travellers with romantic plot twists and photogenic actors has had the opposite effect. MSN’s coverage of the ad says it “comes off as more creepy than creative.” Meanwhile, a harsher critique on the popular Skift website questioned whether or not the ministry was being “tone deaf” with the video. Read more...
The Constitutional Drafting Committee are continuing to re-write the political rule book for a post-coup Thailand. But, like with all the military junta's government bodies, the claim to "reform" and bring "true democracy" is questionable, as the most recent proposals for an unelected sorry, "indirectly elected" Senate shows. Read more...
In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills - and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we analyzed the cyber law bills in its potential impact on policies, censorship and also business. More often than not we found that the flaws outweigh the benefits and, if signed into law without large-scale amendments - will have very serious implications of the civil liberties, free speech, personal privacy and even e-commerce of every Thai internet user - except for those in charge of the law. Read more...
BANGKOK, 25 February 2015: The Tourism Authority of Thailand recently launched an Italian language magazine called “Taste of Thailand” to promote travel from Italy and help train travel agents and inform consumers. TAT is the first tourism board in Italy to launch its own official print magazine dedicated to a single European market. The magazine […] Read more...
When Japanese artist Katsumi Mukai chopped down a huge 143-year-old tree in Krabi, a coastal province in southern Thailand, he wanted to make art, not controversy. But when the picture of him and his crew, who were posing cheerfully with the giant wood logs, emerged on Facebook, his artwork copped a lot of stick. The news soon spread and outraged many environmentalists before art people joined the debate. Read more...
In the fourth part of our series examining Thailand’s new and controversial cyber laws, we look at the impact it can have on business – and it doesn’t necessarily look very profitable. In the last couple of instalments of this series, we have highlighted the pitfalls, flaws and loopholes of some of the new proposed Read more...
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's state anti-corruption body has ruled that a former prime minister may have abused his power in overseeing a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010, a decision that could lead to a 5-year ban from political office. Read more...
The Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) has just announced this upcoming panel discussion in March. The Future of Politics in Thailand 7pm, Wednesday March 11, 2015 Non-members: 350 Baht entry; Members: Free entry What kind if future does the military’s reform programme promise for Thailand? And will there be space for existing political parties Read more...