for Bangkok shutdown
Suvarnabhumi airport authorities stated that the number of tourist arrivals
has already shrunk by 40 percent due to political protests.
Rawewan Netrakavesna said the political impasse has eroded the tourism
market’s confidence as the number of Chinese, Hong Kong and Singaporean
visitors dropped by 40 percent.
Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Airlines have recently
decided to reduce flights to Bangkok from the middle of this month to avoid
the political conflict. Singapore Airlines in particular has cancelled all
flights to Bangkok during January 14 to February 25.
The airport is also bracing for the People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s
(PDRC) threatened shutdown of Bangkok next week as it is holding meetings
with the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) and the Airline Operators
The airport may ask Atta to group its passengers in small numbers and take
them to check in at the Makkasan Airport Rail Link station to speed up the
Weakening baht will boost
Thailand’s exports according to FTI
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) says the weakening baht will boost the
country’s exports, while hinting that the Bank of Thailand (BoT) should maintain
the baht at the rate of 31-32 baht against the US dollar.
According to the FTI, the depreciation of the Thai baht against the greenback
opened up trade opportunities for exporters, especially those in the
agricultural sector, who would greatly benefit from the currency exchange.
The current exchange rate of the Thai currency averages 31-32 baht per one US
dollar, which offers competitive pricing for Thai exported goods. On the other
hand, the weakening baht will likely pose a threat to Thailand’s import sector,
causing the prices of imported goods to go higher.
The FTI however pointed out that the current exchange rate would benefit the
country in the long run, while calling on the Bank of Thailand to closely
monitor and maintain the value of the baht at the current rate.
Chiang Mai eyes opening new
tourism routes linking 4 countries
The Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association has unveiled a plan to map out new
tourism routes which will connect Northern Thailand with Laos, China and Myanmar
and help boost local trade and tourism.
Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association President Sarawut Saetiao said the
association had been holding discussions with the local private sector and
government units about the launching of new transnational tourism routes in the
region. The routes will link eight northern Thailand provinces with Northern
Laos, Southern China and Myanmar. Local trade, tourism and investment are
expected to prosper as a result.
During the New Year holiday, Chiang Mai province has seen notable increases in
the numbers of Thai and Chinese visitors, with the tourism revenue for the
period expected to grow 10%.
As for the national goal to achieve an annual tourism income of 2.2 trillion
baht in the year 2015, the association is confident that Chiang Mai and other
provinces in the North will be able to contribute up to 80 billion baht of that
Thailand Food Forward prepares
entrepreneurs for international standards
Thailand Food Forward was held on the first floor of Central Festival
Chiang Mai to gather food entrepreneurs to increase their potential to
compete on a world class level. Thailand Food Forward offers seminars
and workshops to restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs. Chao Yaowpan na
Chiang Mai presided over the opening ceremony of the event, he was
joined by the Director of the National Food Institute Petch Chinabutr
and Pornthip Uttakitpaisarn, the Sales Promotion Manager of Central
Festival Chiang Mai.
Bangkok Airways offers self
check-in kiosks in Suvarnabhumi
Bangkok Airways recently introduced new check-in procedure
through common-use self-service Kiosks (CUSS) at Suvarnabhumi
International Airport. The new kiosk facility located at
Suvarnabhumi International Airport includes a dedicated
self-service area with common-use self-service (CUSS) kiosks.
Passengers who use the self-service kiosks can check-in for
their flight from 24 hours up to 50 minutes prior to departure
time and print their boarding pass, before proceeding to a
designated baggage drop area. For more information, please visit
Hmong New Year celebrations in Mae Rim offer tourists
a look into hill-tribe culture
The Hmong New Year was celebrated
January 4, 2013 at Ban Buak Chan in Mae Rim.
Members of the Hmong hill-tribes held their New Year
celebrations at Ban Buak Chan in Pong Yang Sub-district of Mae
Rim District on January 4, 2014. President of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Administration Organization presided over the opening
ceremony of the festival.
Drawing a large crowd of visitors and tourists, the annual event
is a major one in the Hmong calendar and includes such
activities as dancing, singing and traditional games. A
highlight of the festival was the traditional Hmong go-cart
races which saw President of the PAO Boonlert and Olympic gold
medalist and Somjit Jongjohor join in the races.
Noj Peg Chaug or the Hmong New Year is traditionally celebrated
in December or January every year, celebrating the end of the
harvest season and is a period when lovers will court through
song and games. The New Year is held to give thanks to ancestors
and spirits , celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and
welcome in the New Year.
President of the Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn had great fun
taking part in the traditional go-cart races.
Thai Airways denies rumors of bankruptcy
Thai Airways executives deny rumors
spreading on social media that they are about to declare bankruptcy
(Photo courtesy of Terence Ong, Wikimedia Commons)
National Carrier Thai Airways International has denied rumors
spreading on social media that is about to be insolvent.
According to Thai Airways, it is fully capable of servicing its
debts and it is impossible for the carrier to be anywhere near
insolvency as rumored. The airlines has never missed its payment
date since it was founded.
THAI also stated that it has set aside the funds for its debt
payment, while maintaining the company’s fluidity despite last
year’s spending on its fleet upgrades. The firm has 315.9
billion baht worth of assets and 183.5 billion baht worth of
interest-bearing loans at the end of the third quarter of last
The company pointed out that it once faced a similar predicament
in 2008, when it incurred a 14.9 billion baht loss; despite the
circumstances, the company was able to service its debt on time.
Thai Airways also reaffirms its stable financial status,
ensuring its employees and the public that it has solid spending
plans with flexible strategies and that it is nowhere near being