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Visa waiver pushed for China, India
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:03:00 +0700

A visa waiver for Chinese and Indian visitors is necessary for Thailand to boost tourism amid a sluggish global economy and stiff competition, says Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand.

Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:46:00 +0700

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country, Vatican sources say.

PM insists he won't quit for oath blunder
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:00:00 +0700

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insists he will not step down as pressure grows over the oath-taking controversy in which he failed to recite the full oath of office during the cabinet swearing-in ceremony last month.

Prawit pours cold water on visa plan
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:00:00 +0700

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday weighed in on the Tourism and Sports Ministry's proposal to waive visa requirements for Chinese and Indian tourists to stimulate the economy, saying he disagreed with granting them "easy access".

DPM Prawit guarded on New Economics Party joining coalition
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:12:00 +0700

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, chief strategist of the coalition-core Palang Pracharath Party, said on Monday "it would be good" if the New Economics Party joined the government.

Q2 GDP growth weakest since 2014
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:29:00 +0700

Thailand’s economy grew at the slowest pace in almost five years in the second quarter as exports and tourism deteriorated, buffeted by US-China trade tensions and the strong baht.

THAI execs asked to agree to pay cuts
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:54:00 +0700

The Thai Airways International president has asked senior executives to agree to a cut in their salaries and meeting allowances to help the airline survive a financial crisis.

OTT oversight a hot topic in Asean
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:20:00 +0700

All eyes are on this week's meeting of the Asean Telecommunication Regulators' Council (ATRC) in Bangkok, watching for clues as to whether it will usher in joint guidelines that will get tough on over-the-top (OTT) operators, particularly where taxation is concerned.

Confusion reigns in TM30 palaver
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:03:00 +0700

Long-term foreign residents of the kingdom have spent the weekend scratching their heads in bewilderment over the baffling requirements of the now notorious TM30 form after a recent forum at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) with senior Thai immigration officials present on the panel.

Digital transformation starts with people, not technology
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 05:54:00 +0700

Digital transformation is the number one concern of directors and business executives globally in 2019, according to research conducted by the Enterprise Risk Management Initiative at North Carolina State University and the management consulting firm Protiviti Inc. Just a year ago, the researchers said, it was tenth on the list.

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Visa waiver pushed for China, India
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:03:00 +0700

A visa waiver for Chinese and Indian visitors is necessary for Thailand to boost tourism amid a sluggish global economy and stiff competition, says Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand.

Jeju, Bangkok, Da Nang top 3 travel picks for South Koreans
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:59:00 +0700

Jeju Island at the southern tip, Bangkok and Vietnamese hide-out Da Nang are favourite destinations for South Koreans to spend during a holiday next month, with Japanese locations off the list amid diplomatic and trade row.

Koh Samui opts for luring Thais as foreigners flee
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:05:00 +0700

A decrease in foreign visitors has prompted operators in Koh Samui to turn their focus to Thai travellers, with more affordable tourism services being arranged.

Visa waiver proposal under fire
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:30:00 +0700

The Foreign Ministry has asked the government to review the economic ministers' proposal to offer a visa waiver to Chinese and Indian tourists as a part of the government's economic stimulus package.

Art de vivre
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 04:00:00 +0700

Despite the Lion City numerous city hotels it is always hard finding the perfect one. And by that I mean -- close to an MRT, close to good restaurants and close to a bit of street culture. Though Little India fits this description, I find it a tad too crowded. Enter Sofitel Singapore City Centre, a luxurious urban oasis in the city's central business district. Right above Tanjong Pagar MRT...

Singapore launches e-arrival cards for foreign visitors
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:06:00 +0700

SINGAPORE: Foreign visitors travelling to Singapore using selected transport services can now submit electronic arrival cards up to 14 days before they reach the country.

New experiences in old Bangkok
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 05:22:00 +0700

The area you'll be reading about in this article is only around 1.2km². Yet, it's packed full of fascinating things to see and do, from Wang Burapha, Saphan Han and Sampheng, to Phahurat, Saphan Phut, Pak Klong Talat and Ban Mo.

Ama Hostel Bangkok
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:00:00 +0700

A chance to spend a night in a heritage building without breaking the bank was all I hoped for when I made an online booking for a room at this hostel converted from a 19th-century Chinese mansion. But my stay there was an experience that was way beyond expectations. Even the narrow alleyway that leads to it was so bewitching. The place wowed me even before it came into sight.

Visa exemptions for Chinese, Indians to be submitted to cabinet
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:00:00 +0700

The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to seek the cabinet’s approval for a scheme to offer visa exemptions to visitors from China and India for one year.

Not just Bali: Indonesia to develop more tourism sites
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:48:00 +0700

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia: Hundreds of tourists, many of them young Westerners, sat on grey stone steps atop the world's largest Buddhist temple, occasionally checking mobile phones or whispering to each other as they waited for daylight.

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