PM: No fears over nations top banks
Bangkok – The Prime Minister
gave assurances Friday that five of the nation’s top banks offered
special risk management measures are still stable and only received the
measures to ensure stringent control.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has acknowledged that the Bank of Thailand’s announcement
that Krung Thai Bank, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Bangkok
Bangkok and Ayuthaya Bank are now subject to special regulations has
been a cause of public concern but explained that the measures are only
to further strengthen their stability and bolster foreign confidence in
the performance of Thai financial institutions. He assured the public
that all five banks are stable with reserves two to three times beyond
the minimum requirement.
The PM asked that citizens be
confident in the banks and continue to engage in normal financial
activity, noting the country recently rose in worldwide economic
Deputy Commerce Minister inspects Blue Flag pracharat shops in Chonburi
Chonburi - The Deputy Minister
of Commerce has inspected the Blue Flag Pracharat shops in Chonburi
province, finding that most cardholders still do not know the details about
the usage of the card and that the installation process for card readers has
Deputy Minister Sonthirat
Sonthijirawong visited Blue Flag outlets in Thai Serd and Tak Dad villages,
Mappong subdistric, Phan Thong district, and Uthai shop in Phanas Nikhom
subdistrict, Phanas Nikhom district, Chonburi province.
He admitted that there were still some
problems as some cardholders still do not know the details about the usage
of the card while the installation of the EDC machines has been delayed.
Numerous store owners remain eager to provide the services to the public and
want to accelerate the installation of the EDC.
The Ministry of Finance is currently
accelerating the process and it has also coordinated with the Public
Relations Department to promote the benefits of the welfare cards.
The Blue Flag Pracharat stores will
offer household necessities in more than 360 areas and aim to support
low-income earners with a social welfare card.
Phu Thap Berk continues to deal with encroaching resorts
Petchabun - The Phu Thap Berk
Land Encroachment Resolution Operation Center has continued its effort
against illegal resorts in the national park.
Petchabun Governor Piboon Hatakijkosol
chaired the latest meeting of the center with Deputy Director-General of the
Department of Forestry Attaphol Charoenchansa in attendance.
He told the gathering that 6 resorts
owned by non-residents still remain on Phu Thap Berk land and are awaiting
charges by the Office of the Attorney General. He noted that their owners
have agreed to remove the resorts as soon as charges are filed with only
plots owned by individuals who affirm they are Mhong natives still an issue.
The governor reminded nonetheless that the center will act according to the
Phu Thap Berk land resolution master plan and assist any Mhong claiming
rights to plots.
The next task set by the center is
explaining to Mhong resort owners that the National Council for Peace and
Order has instructed that their structures be removed but that reparations
will be supplied to them.
Bangkok to develop 4th city
plan to solve traffic, space issues
Bangkok - The BMA has launched
its 4th comprehensive city project to solve issues related to traffic
congestion and pollution.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Thaweesak
Lertprapan presided over the launching ceremony of the planning project
aimed at improving the transportation system and preserving green spaces in
Thaweesak cited the need to introduce a
new city blueprint after the previous one, introduced in May 2013, was not
effective in relieving traffic jams, flooding and crowdedness.
As many as 20 million people are
expected to live in Bangkok and its vicinity in the next decade and 30% of
all areas currently used for agriculture will be replaced by residential
A 24-month public survey by the
Department of City Planning is now underway to collect ideas and suggestions
which will be used in the development of the project.
The plan will cater to the needs of the
elderly and people with disabilities. Transportation will also be more
convenient for people traveling between Bangkok and the provinces.
Fugitive former leader
Yingluck in Dubai
Bangkok — Former Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra appears to be staying in the Mideast commercial hub of
Dubai after fleeing a criminal conviction, according to the first official
word on her whereabouts since she missed a court date last month.
"We have received preliminary
unofficial reports from the Foreign Ministry indicating that she is in
Dubai," said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who expressed annoyance over
being asked about it by reporters. It had been generally assumed that
Yingluck was in Dubai or London, since her brother Thaksin maintains
residences in both locations.
Yingluck was sentenced in absentia to
five years in prison on Wednesday after being convicted of negligence in
overseeing the money-losing rice subsidy program.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan
said Thursday that the Foreign Ministry received assurances from the United
Arab Emirates that Yingluck would not interfere with Thai politics from
abroad. Officials in Dubai did not respond to questions about
Police searched Yingluck's Bangkok home
on Thursday to collect evidence against a deputy police commander who is
accused of aiding her escape by using false documents. Police Gen. Srivara
Ransibrahmanakul said the police search was not an attack on Yingluck but
that police were "investigating a criminal case against a deputy commander
who has been formally charged."
Yingluck's prospects of returning
without facing arrest seemed to dim Thursday as a new law was published
applying to political office-holders who have been convicted of a crime. The
law stipulates that the statute of limitations does not expire in cases
where the defendant flees. Appeals are allowed within 30 days, but the
defendant must provide new evidence and submit the appeal in person. The law
as written appears to apply to Yingluck's case.
The Foreign Ministry said it would also
revoke Yingluck's passport once it is told to do so by the courts, police or
involved security officials.
PM officiates Thai National
Bangkok - The Prime Minister of
Thailand attended the first Thai National Flag Day event at Government House
in Bangkok, marking the centennial anniversary of the Thai national flag
bestowed upon the nation by His Majesty King Rama VI.
On Thursday morning, PM General Prayut
Chan-o-cha, members of the cabinet and other high-ranking officials sang the
national anthem to celebrate the occasion.
During the event, orchestra bands from
the four military branches performed in front of Government House, with
officials chanting in the background.
Gen Prayut later chaired the opening of
an exhibition portraying the history of the Thai national flag at Santi
The cabinet in July agreed to declare
September 28th as "Thai National Flag Day."
Provinces across the country also held
ceremonies to celebrate the day and honor His Majesty King Rama VI.
Industry Minister: EEC
crucial to transitioning to Thailand 4.0 agenda
Minister Uttama Savanayana.
Bangkok - One of the key Special
Economic Zones, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is crucial in
transitioning from the current economic model to Thailand 4.0 according to a
statement made by the Industry Minister.
Industry Minister, Uttama Savanayana’s
comment was made during the talks on EEC as a tool to boost the Thai economy
and better connect the nation to the rest of the world. The minister said
Thailand 4.0 agenda will increase the strength of the nation from the inside
He also mentioned that the Cabinet has
passed the EEC draft act, prior to approval of the bill by the National
Legislative Assembly. Once approved, the act will instill stronger
confidence among Thai and foreign companies in making investments in the
The Track of the EEC act, which defines
requirements, conditions, and procedures for investing in the area, will be
revealed next week. The move is being accelerated to quickly seek investors
for the first four major projects of the zone: the expansion of U-Tapao
airport, the construction of a high speed railway project, the development
of Laem Chabang seaport, and the establishment of an aviation maintenance
center. These developments are expected to commence in the latter half of
Bangkok tops Global
Destinations Cities Index for second consecutive year
Bangkok – The Thai capital
remains Number One on Mastercard’s Global Destinations Cities Index.
The credit card giant has announced its
list for 2017 which sees Bangkok retain its No. 1 tourist destination status
for the second consecutive year in a seven-year run of the survey.
Bangkok was listed as one of the top
five cities where visitors spent the night and spent the most money per
visit at 14.08 billion US dollars.
According to the survey, 88.6 percent
of visitors to the city came as vacation travelers, constituting a
significantly larger group than those on business trips, which marked 11.4
percent. Visitors spent the most money on shopping at 22.9 percent,
accommodations at 22.6 percent, and other services at 21.5 percent.
The GDCI 2017 index shows most visitors
to Bangkok came from China at 34.3 percent, Japan at 7.1 percent, South
Korea at 4.3 percent, India at 4.1 percent, and the UK at 3.8 percent.
Eric Schneider, Senior Vice President,
Asia Pacific, Mastercard Advisors, said, “As the fastest growing region for
international tourism, Asia Pacific’s travel sector will no doubt continue
to serve as a key source of in-market economic growth and development. The
rise of leisure and business travel across the region presents a vital
imperative for governments and private stakeholders to invest in smart
networks and infrastructures that provide seamless experiences for
residents, tourists and business travelers. Cities that do so will realize
their potential as true global destinations, and reap the economic benefits
of the increased number of visitors and greater spendings.”
National police chief to
announce official process to arrest Yingluck
Bangkok - The national police
chief is set make an official announcement about the formal process to
locate and arrest former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who the court
has found guilty of malfeasance in relation to her government’s rice subsidy
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam
said on Wednesday that the government’s enactment of a law on the measures
approved to follow up on the arrest of convicts, who are temporarily
released, has nothing to do with the case of Yingluck, who has eluded the
justice system since her secret departure for an unknown destination last
Wissanu said that there remain other
active laws, which can be invoked to pursue Yingluck’s case.
Meanwhile, national police chief Pol.
Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda said that his officers will commence the process to
bring Yingluck to justice after the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for
Political Office Holders handed down a five-year sentence on Wednesday to
the former prime-minister. Chakthip also confirmed that he has not as
yet been informed of the whereabouts of Yingluck.
to apply toll early next year
Chonburi - The Department of
Highways has advised it will begin applying a closed system toll collection
on the Chonburi-Pattaya motorway from early next year.
Department of Highways Director-General
Thanin Somboon announced Wednesday the implementation of the toll, which
will render the entire stretch of the Bangkok-Pattaya motorway as part of a
closed system, with toll collection stations at all entry points.
The toll station network will be
launched alongside the installation of the Intelligence Transportation
System (ITS), which aims to help manage traffic flows and improve service
quality and safety measures for highway motorists. The system, which
commenced on the Chonburi-Pattaya motorway in late 2016, is now 90 percent
complete and will be online in early 2018.
Once implemented, the Chonburi-Pattaya
motorway will have five toll collecting stations. Motorists who don't
wish to use the highway to avoid paying tolls can do so by using two
parallel roads alongside the motorway. For more information, call the 24hr
Hotline 1586 and press 7.
Public urged to recycle
used cell phones to lower toxic waste
Bangkok - A mobile phone
recycling campaign by the Pollution Control Department (PCD) has gained
popularity since it was introduced in July this year.
The project is a joint effort between
the PCD, Chulalongkorn University, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry
of Public Health, the Ministry of the Interior, the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
According to the Pollution Control
Department, there are currently more than 200 million discarded mobile
phones in Thailand. The devices will be recycled for the valuable metals
that can be extracted, which include gold, bronze, silver and lead.
The metals will then be sold to
manufacturers in an effort to lower deforestation, carbon emissions and
toxic waste. Proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations.
Member of the public can donate their
used cell phones at their local post office, district office, and provincial
city hall nationwide from now until December 7.
Government confident of
success in peace talks for Far South
soldier mans a checkpoint as members of the public look on near Pattani,
southern Thailand. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Bangkok - The government has
expressed confidence in the ultimate success of peace talks to end
unresolved conflicts in Thailand’s southern border region.
Fourth Army commander Lt. Gen. Piyawat
Nakwanich, who is also the director of the Internal Security Operations
Command - Region 4, chaired a meeting earlier this week to discuss the
Southern peace promotion plan for 2018, which was attended by
representatives of various relevant agencies.
According to Lt. Gen. Piyawat, agencies
are to work in a more integrated fashion to tackle problems in the southern
border region, where the situation has reportedly been improving gradually.
Next year, all will still be working in
accordance with the 2017-2019 administrative and development policy for the
southern border region while focusing more on measures to particularly
address violent acts.
Lt. Gen. Piyawat added that, from
October 1, the Internal Security Operations Command - Region 4 will start
the integration of efforts by all groups to bring an end to the many
conflicts in the South.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the
National Security Council, Gen. Taweep Netniyom, said that the decreasing
frequency of violent incidents in the south showed the approach taken by
security agencies is on the right track while expressing the belief that
talks and negotiation will be effective in resolving years-long tensions in
Former PM Yingluck
sentenced in absentia to 5 years in prison
Former prime-minister Yingluck Shinawatra is
shown arriving at the Supreme Court in this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo. (AP
Bangkok (AP) — The Supreme Court
in Bangkok sentenced former prime-minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia
on Wednesday to five years in prison for alleged negligence in the
controversial money-losing rice subsidy program.
Yingluck, who says the charges are
politically motivated, is believed to have fled the country last month
before the court session at which the verdict initially was to have been
delivered. She and her supporters said she was innocent and was persecuted
as part of an effort to dismantle the political machine of her brother and
former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
The rice subsidy scheme was a flagship
policy that helped Yingluck's Pheu Thai Party win the 2011 general election.
The government paid farmers about 50 percent above what they would have
received on the world market, with the intention of driving up prices by
warehousing the grain.
Instead, other rice-producing countries
captured the market by selling at competitive prices. Vietnam as a result
replaced Thailand as the world's leading rice exporter.
Prosecutors argued that Yingluck
ignored warnings of corruption in the subsidy program and was guilty of
dereliction of duty. Her critics describe the overriding motive of the
program as political, an effort to buy the loyalty of rural voters with
PM scheduled to meet Trump
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will meet
with President Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 3. (Associated Press/File)
Bangkok – The Prime Minister is
scheduled to make an official visit to the United States early next month,
during which time he will meet with the U.S. President Donald Trump.
Deputy Government Spokesman, Lt Gen
Weerachon Sukhontapatipak has revealed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha will visit the United States from 2-4 October at the invitation
of the U.S. President. The PM will be accompanied by high raking
executives from Thailand such as the Deputy Prime Minister Somkid
Jatusripitak, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai, the Minister
of the Interior, Gen Anupong Paojinda, the Minister of Commerce Apiradi
Tantraporn, and the Deputy Minister of Defence Udomdej Sitabutr.
The main objective of the visit is for
the leaders of both countries to discuss security and economic matters
between the two countries, as well as other regional issues.
The upcoming meeting of the two leaders
reflects the significant partnership development between Thailand and the
U.S., where both sides will discuss the strategic partnerships for mutual
and equal benefits.
The relations between Thailand and the
U.S. officially commenced in 1883 with the Treaty of Amity and Commerce
during the reign of King Rama V, and the presidency of Andrew Jackson.
Thailand and the U.S. now enjoy bilateral cooperation in the UN, APEC, and
ASEAN. Both countries will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of civil
relations in 2018
During the visit, the Prime Minister
will also meet with delegates of the Thai private sector and attend a
banquet held by the American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-ASEAN Business
Continuing rains still
causing flooding across nation
Chantaburi - Continuing rains
have set off warnings in provinces such as Chantaburi due to rising rivers
and waterways with the province’s Charoensuk Market already experiencing
Vendors at the market have had to move
their belongings out of the area after waters from Khlong Nam Sai flooded
the grounds. A warning has been sounded throughout the surrounding district
calling for residents to move out their cars and belongings. Authorities
have setup water pumps and carved out drainage channels to alleviate the
Trat province has also continued to see
rain with some houses alongside Khlong Chum Saeng hit by overflowing waters.
Locals and authorities have now setup sandbag barricades to try to remedy
In the central region province of Ang
Thong, farmers have employed heavy machinery to quickly harvest crops due to
continued rains threatening yields and the government is also requesting
usage of the lands for water retention.
Water has steadily flowed into major
reservoirs in Uthai Thani province with Huay Kun Kaeo now holding 31.65
million cubic meters of water and Tap Salao Reservoir holding 102.4 million
The Meteorological Department has
indicated a monsoon front is still persisting over the Andaman Sea and the
Gulf of Thailand, fostering rains and strong winds in provinces such as
Ranong, Phang Nga and Phuket. Citizens are urged to be on alert.
NSC: Search for Yingluck
Shinawatra in progress
National Security Council's Secretary-General
Thawip Netniyom speaks to the media, Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Bangkok - The search by the
authorities for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra remains an ongoing
investigative process, according to National Security Council's (NSC)
Secretary-General Thawip Netniyom.
The NSC chief was commenting on the
search for the former premier who fled the country in the face of a lawsuit
stemming from the rice pledging scheme introduced by her government. He said
that the investigation into the matter is being processed, as relevant
information, some of which remains unclear, is yet to be taken into account.
He said it is the power of the court to
announce the verdict in Yingluck's case on Wednesday while it remains to be
seen whether or not she will show up.
Touching on violent incidents in the
southern border provinces, the NSC chief said that they have not occurred
too often over the past several months while Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Defense Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the Fourth Army Region to
step up patrols and security checks, as well as to use technology to help
with their operations.
He said the best way to solve problems
in the restive south is by way of negotiation, which will be a
Citizens invited to attend
event celebrating 100th anniversary of Thai flag
Bangkok (NNT)- The Prime
Minister's Office (PMO) will organize activities on Thai National Flag Day,
marking the centennial anniversary of the Thai flag on September 28.
Orchestras of all four military
branches will perform in front of the Government House, with the national
anthem sung by officials from government agencies, state enterprises, and
the private sector. Thai National Flag Day will be celebrated on September
28 to commemorate His Majesty King Rama VI's decision to commission design
of the current Thai flag.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
will chair the ceremony starting at 8 a.m. The Government House is also
holding an exhibition on the history of the Thai flag.
Interior Ministry ready to
help security units probing ex-PM's flight
Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda talks to reporters in Bangkok, Monday,
Bangkok (NNT) - The Ministry of
Interior has assured it is ready to assist security units in investigating
local level government officials believed to have assisted in the departure
of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Minister of Interior Gen Anupong
Paojinda has responded to theories that the ex-premier, who was scheduled to
appear before a court to hear the ruling on her government’s rice pledging
scheme, left the Kingdom via a border crossing in Sa Kaeo province with the
help of local officials, saying that his office is ready to look into the
claims if security units leading the probe request assistance.
Provincial Police Region 5 Deputy
Commander Pol Col Kriatipong Nala, who is heading an investigation into
fellow Provincial Police Region 5 Deputy Commander Pol Col Chairit Anurit,
said a meeting has been called to outline further questions to be asked of
the official and further steps in the probe. The entire process is to be
completed in 60 days but can be extended by another 60 if needed.
Pol Col Chairit earlier confessed to
assisting Yingluck in her flight and having the vehicle he used sent for
dismantling in Nakhon Pathom. The car was reportedly not taken apart however
and has been seized by authorities.
Defence Ministry urges
stepped-up security in Far South
Bangkok (NNT)- The Ministry of
Defence has urged all related officials in the southern border region to
step up security measures.
Maj. Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich,
spokesman of the Ministry of Defence, said on Monday that the meeting of the
Defence Council, chaired by Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, had discussed the
continued efforts, in the follow-up and analysis of the security situation
in Rakhine State of Myanmar and the tensions and potential conflict on the
Korean Peninsula, which must be watched closely.
Concerning unrest in the southern
border region, Gen. Prawit expressed condolences to the families of military
officers who had died in the conflict, asking the Royal Thai Army and
related agencies to take good care of the families of all fallen soldiers
and to do so with honor, said Maj. Gen. Kongcheep.
He added that Gen. Prawit has offered
his moral support to all officers on duty in the restive area while asking
all to perform their duties with patience, sincerity and understanding in
order to provide safety and improve the quality of life of southern
In addition, the Deputy Prime Minister
expressed his hope that the sacrifice of military officers and their
dedication will lead to better understanding of the situation by all sides
and bring an end to conflict, with peace and harmony over the long term.
Bangkok-Korat high speed
rail project to break ground in November
Bangkok (AP) - The Ministry of
Transport expects construction of the first stretch of the Bangkok - Nakhon
Ratchasima high speed rail project to commence in November.
The deputy Transport Ministry
permanent-secretary said the first stretch on the Bangkok - Nakhon
Ratchasima route will be built to cover 3.5 kilometers. The project will be
implemented by the State Railway of Thailand in cooperation with China.
He said a recent meeting with the
Chinese set the starting date for Contract Number 2.1 with civil design
scheduled to commence on 9 October 2017, while the first group of Chinese
engineers is being trained and tested by the Thai Council of Engineers.
After the engineers have passed
qualification tests and completed their work, they will hand over the legal
blueprints and details to the State Railway of Thailand for further work
according to the contract.
The Chinese engineers will have to pass
the test on legal and ethical codes for foreign engineers in Thailand as
well as technical details such as the soil conditions, waterways, drainage
systems and engineering and environmental safety measures.
Thailand in third place on
world tourism revenue list
Bangkok (NNT) - Thailand has
attained third place in terms of tourism revenue according to 2016-2017
statistics released by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization
Since the start of 2016, Thailand has
received approx. 1.65 trillion baht or 49.9 billion US dollars from tourism,
representing a 16.9 percent jump. The country is also ranked ninth in
terms of tourist arrivals, with 32.6 million visitors or an 8.9 percent
First and second best performers are
the USA and Spain, which gained 205.9 billion dollars and 60.3 billion
dollars from tourism respectively. The other top 10 earners are China,
France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia.
PM: Roadmap doesn’t prolong
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Bangkok - The prime minister has
reiterated that the country’s reform roadmap does not prolong military
control at the expense of political parties or democracy.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
has given an assurance that the current administration and the National
Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) have no interest in perpetuating military
rule in Thai politics, nor does the 3-phase roadmap allow the military to
cling to power for years to come.
He said the government is trying to
build trust with the international community through partnerships and
diplomatic ties, while calling on the general public to help foster unity
and reconciliation in the country as well as ensure a peaceful atmosphere,
during the period leading up to the next general election.
Thailand is awaiting 10 organic laws to
be promulgated after which the exact date of the general election can be
determined. At this preliminary stage, the election is expected to take
place late next year.
Heavy rains trigger floods
in southern region
Bangkok – Ten southern provinces
are battling severe floods triggered by heavy thundershowers.
Among the 10 southern provinces, Satun
took the biggest hit and local authorities are evacuating residents in
affected communities. According to the latest report, the floodwater was as
high as 30 centimeters in the capital district. Sandbags have been stacked
up to divert the water away from economic zones.
The Meteorological Department has
reported that southern provinces will continue to experience thundershowers
and gusty winds. These provinces include Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun.
The department also asked the operators of small boats in the Andaman Sea
and the Gulf of Thailand to take safety precautions.
Meanwhile, in Phichit province, the
level of water in the Nan River running through the city’s center, Taphan
Hin, and Bang Mun Nak districts has increased at an alarming rate. Local
officers say if the water level increases another 40 centimeters, the
situation will be critical. The provincial irrigation office has already
issued a warning to people residing along the Nan River.
TAT to launch Amazing
Thailand Tourism Year 2018 on November 1
General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime
Minister of Thailand (centre) is joined at a TAT media event by Kobkarn
Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports (4th from left), Kalin
Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of TAT (3rd from left), Pol.Maj.Gen.Prasert
Ngernyuang, Commander of Tourist police Division 1, Tourist police Bureau.
(2nd from left), Asdang Khumkomgo, Executive Vice President of Airport of
Thailand (AOT) (1st from left), Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism and Sports (4th from right), Admiral Itthikom
Bhamarasuta – Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister (3rd from
right), Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (2nd from right), and Ittirith
Kinglake, President of the Tourism Council of Thailand (1st from right).
Bangkok - The Tourism Authority
of Thailand's (TAT) is launching the 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018' on
November 1 to support the government's national tourism development plan and
highlighting a busy calendar of international events.
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak
Patimapragorn commented at a special media event last week: "The Amazing
Thailand Tourism Year 2018 shows how important tourism promotion is to the
government’s national agenda.
"The emphasis is on inclusive tourism,
based on the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and 2nd
National Tourism Development Plan that maintains a balance between the
economy, environment and benefits for Thai society. The Amazing Thailand
Tourism Year 2018 once again gives the country another outstanding
opportunity to showcase its capabilities during many large events the
Kingdom will host in 2017 and 2018."
Thailand events calendar schedule for
2017 and 2018 includes:
– International Fleet Review to be
hosted by the Royal Thai Navy to mark ASEAN's 50thanniversary since its
founding. Over 40 modern warships and 10,000 crew members from 30 countries
are expected to join the historic fleet display on Pattaya Bay from 13 to 22
– Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 is
scheduled for 17 to 19 November at the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International
Airport. It will be the only international air race where multiple heats are
flown at the same time.
– 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy
Tourism is scheduled for May 2018 and will help support the TAT's gastronomy
tourism efforts by promoting Thai food and the country's culinary potential
on a global stage.
– MotoGP World Championship superbike
races are coming to Thailand's Buri Ram's Chang International Circuit
starting from October 2018 after recently signing a three-year contract with
MotoGP owner Dorna Sports.
Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said
that these events among others will reinforce the perception of Thailand as
a good host venue.
"Amazing Thailand is the country's most
enduring and award-winning tourism promotion. It highlights many new,
exciting international events plus cultural elements that make the Thai
tourism offering so appealing," he said.
TAT's competition for an Amazing
Thailand Tourism Year 2018 visual identity (logo) received 168 entries with
seven selections shortlisted. The winning design features an 'infinity'
motif that combines many iconic Thai symbols associated with the country's
unique cultural heritage including elephants and the Royal Barge.
Chanthaburi police giving
out helmets to bikers
Chanthaburi – Instead of a
ticket, traffic police in Chanthaburi province are giving out helmets to
helmetless bikers in the hope of reducing traffic accident deaths.
On Saturday, Chanthaburi Highway police
launched a road safety campaign in the capital district, handing out safety
helmets to bikers who were flagged down for not wearing one. The police also
gave them a warning and asked them to wear a helmet every time they’re out
on the road.
The campaign seeks to lower the number
of road fatalities and encourages drivers to strictly follow traffic laws,
in addition to building a positive image of the police.
The campaign received a lot of praise
from city residents and the bike riders themselves.
Police say they have car
ex-prime minister used to flee
Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is
shown in this undated file photo. (AP Photo)
Bangkok (AP) —Police on Friday
examined a car they believe was used to help former Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra flee the country ahead of a court verdict that could have seen
her jailed for a decade.
Yingluck, who is accused of negligence
in overseeing a money-losing rice subsidy program that critics say was
riddled with corruption, has not been seen since she failed to turn up for
the Aug. 25 verdict and there has been no confirmed information about her
Investigators have suggested the former
PM traveled by land into Cambodia and then by air to a third country,
perhaps to Dubai to join her brother Thaksin Shinawatra.
Police said late Thursday that they
used surveillance camera footage from the border province of Sa Kaeo to
track down a Toyota Camry believed to have carried Yingluck to the border.
The car was found in Nakhon Pathom province, just outside Bangkok. Police
said they were still trying to confirm their theory that Yingluck left her
home two nights before the verdict, switched vehicles in an outlying suburb
and then continued on to the Cambodia border.
Pol. Gen. Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, a
deputy police commissioner, said he was unable to publicly confirm that
Yingluck had fled through Cambodia because doing so at this time could
affect international relations.
He also said three of his officers had
been questioned on suspicion of helping Yingluck flee, but they would not be
charged with criminal offenses because there was no warrant for her arrest
at the time.
"We will keep investigating until
police can conclude the case," he said.
Satun hit by third and most
severe bout of flooding
Satun, south Thailand - Satun
province has been hit by its third and most severe wave of flooding this
year with residents put on high alert to possible landslides and runoff.
Days of heavy rain in Satun province’s
Ta Pae district have created flooding with waters 30 centimeters deep along
many roads. Local administrators have concentrated their efforts on
directing traffic to maintain transport systems but have described the
flooding as the worst of three waves this year.
The province’s governor has issued a
warning to all residents in risk areas to beware of landslides, flash
flooding and runoff, bidding them to closely follow reports from the
In Phitsanulok province, waters from
Sukhothai have been pushed onto farms in three districts including the
province’s Muang district to protect low lying areas but residents along
some waterways have reported burst banks and flooding. Some 120 households
have complained about the impact of deep flood waters.
Rice growers in Khon Kaen province have
indicated that more than 1,000 rai of crops are in danger of rotting after
being submerged for over a week. Dams in the area, including Ubol Ratana Dam
have maintained a high release rate to ease the situation.
In Kalasin province, a team from the
Office of the Basic Education Commission has carried out a survey of local
schools hit by flooding, finding heavy damage after some locations were
submerged in up to a meter of water for over two months. Flooding is
generally easing in the area but is draining off slowly.
Bomb kills 4 soldiers,
wounds 6 in southern Thailand
Hat Yai (AP) — A roadside bomb killed four army rangers and wounded
five other rangers and a civilian Friday in the nation's insurgency-plagued
south, police said.
Pol. Col. Mana Daechawarit of the Sai
Buri district police station said the soldiers were on a morning patrol in
Pattani province when the pickup truck in which they were traveling was
struck by the blast. The wounded civilian was a passing motorist.
More than 6,500 people have been killed
since the Muslim separatist insurgency flared in the three southernmost
provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat in 2004. Recent cease-fire talks
between the government and some separatist factions have made little
Col. Pramote Promin, spokesman for the
military's Internal Security Operations Command, told local television
station TPBS that Friday's blast was an attack that targeted government
officials. He said the injuries to those wounded were not believed to be
Royal crematorium close to
Bangkok - Deputy Prime Minister
Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, has visited Sanam Luang royal plaza to observe
the construction of the royal crematorium, along with Director-General of
the Fine Arts Department Anan Chuchote.
The transformation of Sanam Luang royal
plaza into King Rama IX’s royal cremation site is now 95 percent complete.
The craftsmen are adding finishing touches to the crematorium and its
surrounding pavilions. Gen Thanasak has confirmed the undertaking will be
concluded on time.
The site features constructions and
adornments reflecting the Kingdom’s noble history, and HM the late King
Bhumibol Adulyadej’s impressive achievements such as a spired throne, model
paddy field, Chaipattana aerator, Monkey Cheek water retention project and
various kinds of plants involved in the late monarch’s development projects.
The royal cremation is scheduled for
25th-29th October. The cremation venue will subsequently be open to the
public between 1st and 30th November.
Digital Thailand Big Bang
2017 kicks off under concept Digital Transformation Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of
Digital Economy and Society has organized Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017
under the concept of "Digital Transformation Thailand". The event supports
the use of digital technology to achieve the Thailand 4.0 agenda.
Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj said the event
showcases Thailand's potential to become a regional leader in digital
development, reducing social inequality and connecting with the global
Initiatives undertaken by the government include expanding high-speed
internet to all villages, schools, and hospitals by 2018; developing
e-commerce platforms for local businesses; an e-health platform for rural
doctors to access urban hospital resources; the e-education initiative to
promote digital technology literacy among children, the elderly, and the
underprivileged; the smart farmer initiative to promote the use of
technology in farming; and the e-service initiative to expand online access
to one-stop service centers.
The event will raise awareness of the importance of extending digital access
to over seven million people in the agricultural sector and providing
expertise in new industries.
Dr. Pichet said his ministry will
elicit cooperation from over 40 private and public agencies and more than 10
countries. Together, they will promote digital literacy for 10 million Thai
citizens across 3,000 villages, develop smart cities in seven provinces, and
invest over 2.5 billion baht in the country's Internet of Things institute.
The event expects to attract no less than 200,000 attendees per day,
showcasing technological advances such as virtual reality, Tesla cars, smart
homes, smart parking, robots, and a job fair for recent graduates to apply
at major firms. The event takes place until September 24th from 9:00am to
8:00pm at Challenger Hall 1-2 at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani.
EEC bill to boost
confidence of prospective investors
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Industry
Minister Uttama Savanayana was positive legislation on the Eastern Economic
Corridor (EEC) project will boost the confidence of prospective investors.
The industry minister presided over a seminar on the EEC project held by the
Ministry of Industry and Matichon Co. during which he made remarks on the
He said the EEC project will help push forward the country's development by
improving existing industries such as agriculture and automobile, while the
Thailand 4.0 development goal will help maintain development balance of the
The Ministry of Industry will discuss the bill with government whips on 25
September so that it will be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly
(NLA) on 28 September and be turned into law by the end of this year,
boosting the confidence among investors.
The Industry Ministry also plans to promote human resources for new careers.
The Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Education will shortly hold a
field trip to the EEC sites in order to determine vocational education
programs in support of prospective investments.
Home loan approvals break
target on high economic confidence
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Commercial banks
have reported better than targeted growth in home loans during the first
half of the year on the back of steady economic recovering bolstering public
Bank of Ayuthaya Vice President for Home Loans, Nattaphol Luepromchai said
today that new loans for homes across the board were down 9 percent during
the first half of this year as the real estate market slowed and many
companies cut prices due to an oversupply. Meanwhile, financial institutions
during the period relaxed loan approval regulations as the debt situation
caused by the first car buyer scheme began to lift.
In the latter half of the year, new loans are expected to grow 5 percent on
the recovering economy and high competition among banks.
Bank of Ayuthaya in the first half of the year issued loans for real estate
worth 25 billion baht, 4 percent above target and expects full year
approvals to reach 59 billion baht.
Health minister admires
Sufficiency Economy at central provincial hospitals
NONTHABURI,(NNT) – Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn
admired central provinces for handling health issues and developing
healthcare systems under the Sufficiency Economy.
The health minister who visited hospitals in Supanburi province prior to a
recent roving cabinet meeting in Ayutthaya said the operations of the Fifth
Health District, which is responsible for 11 million people in 10 provinces,
had yielded excellent outcomes.
He said the 17th Supreme Patriarch Hospital has implemented the Sufficiency
Economy Philosophy of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in
hospital management, including the Green&Clean Hospital waste management
campaign and measures to prevent excessive drug uses.
"Many things that have been done in these hospitals are good examples for
others to follow suit. Shupanburi is also performing well in other areas
such as healthcare for the elderly and moderate drug uses," he said.
The ministry's inspector-general for the Fifth Health District said six
issues needed to be urgently addressed, including food safety, age-based
health promotion especially among elderly persons, the promotion of herbal
medicine, the development of family care units, the development of digital
database, and the development of speciailzed healthcare facilities in heart
diseases, cancer, and accidents.
BMTA to introduce e-ticket
system aboard 200 buses on 1 Oct
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) plans to
introduce the e-ticket system for its bus fare on 1 October 2017.
Deputy BMTA Director for Bus Operation Prayoon Choygeo said holders of the
state welfare cards for low-income earners will be able to pay for their bus
rides using their card from 1 October 2017.
He said a fleet of 200 BMTA-operated buses have been installed with card
readers. The BMTA plans to install the card readers on board a total of 800
buses plying between Bangkok and its peripheral areas.
Welfare card holders can tap their card at the reader and have the fare
automatically deducted. Buses with card readers installed will have a green
indication sticker. During an initial phase, the fare-collecting staff will
stay aboard to help passengers adjust themselves to the new system.
The BMTA will provide a voluntary early-retirement program for staff
affected by the e-ticket system after it has been fully installed on the
August foreign tourism
generates over 163 billion baht
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thailand
reportedly welcomed over three million tourists in August amid growth in
global tourism, with Chinese travelers leading other nationalities in
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Pongpanu
Svetarundra revealed that most foreign tourists in August came from East
Asia, followed by Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, the Americas,
Oceania, and Africa.
The number of tourists rose by 8.66 percent compared to the same period last
year. Tourist arrivals were led by China, followed by Malaysia and South
Korea. Travelers from the three countries generated over 163 billion baht in
revenue, an increase of 11.72 percent from the same period last year.
The top spenders were from China, South Korea, and Japan.
In the year to August, over 23 million tourists visited Thailand,
circulating over 1.7 trillion baht. Permanent Secretary Pongpanu noted that
despite strong growth in global tourism, competition for tourists has risen
Young motorcycle racers put
to community service
NONTHABURI,(NNT) – The Royal
Thai Police office has engaged motorcycle racing teens in Nonthaburi
province in public service as part of their punishment and rehabilitation.
Nonthaburi Governor, Suthee Thongyam chaired the launch of the activities,
which were organized as part of the “Immunity Building to Fulfill the Dreams
of Thai Youths” campaign. The ceremony was attended by Nonthaburi Provincial
Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Surasak Prakkamakul and 191 Patrol Commander
Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal.
Community service activities organized for the campaign are aimed at
creating a sense of responsibility among youths and to encourage them to be
more mindful of society and to be more constructive. Participating youths,
all previously apprehended for racing motorcycles, will help state agencies
and local offices perform community services.
Many taking part said they were glad to be working alongside administrators
and police who have shown them the error of their ways. They promised to
stop using their motorcycles for disruptive behavior.
Thailand launches nine new
routes to promote universal accessibility and tourism for all
Kumputch, TAT Deputy Governor for Administration, presents the Tourism for
All guidebook to Mr, Krisana Lalai, President of Friendly Design for All
Foundation, a human rights worker and a famous journalist and TV host in
Bangkok,TAT– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching new
pilot routes in nine popular provinces to promote universal accessibility
and ‘Tourism for All‘ concepts aimed at encouraging universal design
catering to disabled travellers at facilities and tourism attractions across
The initiative is a direct result of last year’s highly successful 36th
World Tourism Day, which was held in Bangkok on 27 September, 2016, with a
range of events under the banner of ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal
Accessibility’. During the event a number of speakers emphasised that the
concept begins with universal design infrastructure that allows individuals
with disabilities access to key tourism destinations and attractions.
Mrs. Somrak Kumputch,TAT Deputy Governor for Administration said, “TAT
recognises the importance of promoting equal access to Thailand’s many
attractions, and we have always been a keen advocate of this concept over
the past several years. The nine provinces selected have the necessary
universally designed infrastructure to launch the promotion.”
The initial promotion targets Thai
domestic travellers with disabilities and represents a concerted effort by
key public sectors, the private sector, community networks and tourism
TAT has launched a dedicated Tourism For All website and published a
116-page Thai-language guidebook – with braille letters and a DVD – to help
raise awareness and extend the range of universally accessible attractions
around the Kingdom. The guidebook, available at TAT offices in the nine
pilot provinces, can be downloaded or read online.
Meanwhile, video clips of the nine routes, in Thai with English subtitles
and Sign Language, are available on the website.
The pilot routes in nine provinces are Stylish Capital: Bangkok, Exotic
Lanna: Chiang Mai, Nature & Art: Ratchaburi, Wonderful Town: Pattaya,
Remaining Memories: Kanchanaburi, Andaman Pearl: Phuket, Northeast Spicy
Isan: Khon Kaen, Precious Treasure: Ayutthaya, and Fertile Land: Nakhon
During last year’s World Tourism Day in Bangkok the Thai government stated
it would “transform Thailand into the hub of universal design in ASEAN”
which would, in turn, help the country develop into an ideal ‘accessible
tourism’ country while preserving its invaluable architecture and history.
It also announced plans to launch the pilot route project while
concentrating on upgrading existing facilities.
This year’s World Tourism Day event is again scheduled on 27 September and
celebrates the 37th consecutive session since its launch in 1980. It is a
World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) initiative dedicated to promoting
accessible, sustainable and responsible tourism.
67 companies awarded T Mark
certificates for quality products and services
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce has awarded 67 companies
Thailand Trust Mark or T Mark certificates for being socially responsible
and environmentally friendly.
Deputy Commerce Minister, Winichai Cheamchaeng said today the award was
introduced in 2012 by the Ministry of Commerce to recognize businesses that
are operating in line with global standards.
The 67 awarded companies, consisting mostly of those in food and heavy
industries, were judged based on their production processes, and social and
They will be able to use the symbol ‘T Mark’ on their products as an
assurance of quality. They will also be eligible to use the Department
International Trade Promotion’s public relations tools to promote their
products and services.
A total of 760 companies have so far been awarded the T Mark certificates.
Their T Mark status is re-assessed every three years by the Ministry of
Ministry of Industry expects
to issue 9.9 bil loans this month
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Industry is hoping to issue 9.9
billion baht worth of loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) this
According to Somchai Hanhiran, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of
Industry, a 20-billion baht loan program has introduced to support SMEs
nationwide. Approximately 3,300 SME operators have filed requests for
So far, around 1.7 billion baht has been approved and given to the
applicants through the Pracharat SME Development Fund.
The Ministry of Industry is also planning to simplify the loan application
process to help small and medium sized businesses obtain the loans faster.
With a simpler process, Somchai hopes at least 9.9 billion baht worth of
loans will be approved by the end of this month.
Ratchaburi unveils travel
path following in footsteps of HM the late King
RATCHABURI,(NNT) – Ratchaburi province has piloted a new tourism
pathway based on the route taken by His Majesty King Rama IX, during an
extended visit in the 1980s.
The Tourism Office of Ratchaburi is now promoting its “In the Footsteps of
Rama IX Tourism Trail” created as part of its local tourism strategy and
offering travelers the opportunity to travel along the path used by His
Majesty as he studied ways to rehabilitate the Khao Cha Ngum area.
Director of the Khao Cha Ngum Rehabilitation Study Project, Boonchuay
Chuayradom explained that in 1986, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
visited the area of Ratchaburi province to find ways to rejuvenate its
degraded soil, and set up demonstration farms to aid residents of the
The King also planted a tree to commemorate his visit with the plant now a
major attraction of the province.
The community surrounding the mountain now adheres to His Majesty’s
Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and serves as a center for tourism focusing
on ethnic groups and local history.
Government to take legal
measures against loan sharks
SUPANBURI,(NNT) – The government
will take legal action against loan sharks who may have failed to conform to
a formal lending system, while debtors were encouraged to register for the
government's refinancing project, said Deputy Finance Minister Wisudhi
He reassured farmers who have become debtors of informal loans that they
will receive financial assistance from the government after they have
enrolled into the government's refinancing scheme.
The deputy finance minister said the Government Savings Bank and the Bank
for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives each is providing some five
billion baht in refinancing credit with a 0.85 percent interest rate for
He added loan sharks who may have failed to comply with the government's
scheme will face legal measures, while the debtors were encouraged to
improve their financial discipline to prevent themselves from having more
There are currently 17,258 debtors enrolled in the government's refinancing
Tourism & Sports Minister
visits wisdom village in Nakhon Si Thammarat
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT,(NNT) -
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has traveled to the
southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat to observe a tourism project in the
Mrs. Konkarn has visited the local wisdom village of Nakhon Si Thammrarat
where she took the opportunity to see various activities reflecting the
livelihoods of villagers such as a mock-up spirit festival, the making of
nielloware, weaving of cloth, herbal medicine and traditional cookery.
The idea of setting up the village was suggested by a group of 100 local
conservationists who are determined to protect the folk wisdom in different
areas. The villagers organize different activities year-round to promulgate
the centuries-old local knowledge and promote their community as a
must-visit location in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Japanese firms express
interest in Thai Govt’s investment policy
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Japanese companies have expressed interest in the
Thai government’s economic measures.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that Thailand last week
hosted 600 Japanese delegates, most of whom were potential investors. Japan
is one of Thailand’s largest trading partners and one of the five largest
foreign investors in the kingdom.
The Japanese delegation visited the Eastern Economic Corridor, Laem Chabang
Industrial Estate, Hemaraj Industrial Estate in Chonburi province, and other
special economic activities in the region.
Speaking this weekend, the prime minister said that Japanese investors were
satisfied with the government’s economic policies and expressed their
interest in investing in the 10 targeted industries under the Thailand 4.0
New Excise Tax Act takes
effect, to generate 12 billion baht in tax revenue
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The new excise tax law is expected to generate 12
billion baht in tax revenue according to the Excise Department.
Excise Department Director General, Somchai Poolsavasdi said the Excise Tax
Act, B.E. which took effect on Saturday, September 16th, would raise retail
prices of some alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
Somchai told a press briefing that the law aims to make tax collection more
transparent and should not have a major impact on overall product prices,
adding that the producers may absorb the rising costs due to fierce
competition in the market.
He then urged retailers not to hoard the products because doing so would
violate the Internal Trade Department’s regulations.
Those who may have further questions in regard to the new law can call 1713
for more information.