ICAO will revaluate Thai red flag status

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: International Civil Aviation Organisation is due to conduct a security inspection of Thailand’s aviation 30 June.

According the National News Bureau of Thailand, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, met with executives from 15 Thai airlines to notify them of the up-coming inspection.

He expressed confidence that Thailand’s aviation  would be given a clean bill of health on aviation and safety supervision prompting the country’s removal from the ICAO red flag list. Read more

TAT hosts Amazing Fight competition

February 24, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand will host the “Amazing Fight” event, for visitors interested in Muay Thai.

Participants will get an opportunity to train with Buakaw Banchamek, one of Thailand’s most famous Muay Thai fighters and participate in a competition to win holiday prizes.

The “Amazing Fight” Event focuses on travel to four regions to learn more about traditional Muay Thai and even a chance to step in the ring for a sparring session with a celebrity fighter. Read more

Boatmen up in arms over park fees

February 23, 2017 by  
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KRABI, 23 February 2017: The unusual sight of local boat operators fighting for fair entrance fees at a Thai national park unfolded here in Krabi, Wednesday.

Boat operators are objecting to their foreign customers paying a THB400 national park entrance fee claiming Thailand’s national parks are fleecing tourists.

According to the Thai Rath report the national park chief in Krabi refused to yield despite boat operators threatening to boycott the park. Read more

Tourism pirates next target

February 23, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports calls on tourism operators and related sectors to end the sale of pirated goods to travellers to build a positive image for the country’s tourism industry.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said the ministry supports Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha policy to accelerate suppression of the sale of pirated property.

He said: “Pirated products are mostly sold in tourist districts…the ministry then urges tour operators and importers to support the campaign.” Read more

AoT ready to spend on airports

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Airports of Thailand has allocated a budget of THB220 billion to improve six airports under its management.

National News Bureau of Thailand quoted AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, saying the AoT executive board had approved the mid-term airports development budget worth THB220 billion for its six AoT-operated airports until 2025.

The airports are: Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in North Thailand and Hat Yai and Phuket in the South. Read more

Mirror has a go at Pattaya

February 22, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: UK’s so called ‘gutter press’ aimed a pot shot at Pattaya, last week, calling it “The Sex Capital of the World and “Sin City,” while asking what ever happened to the Minister of Tourism’s promise to clean up the country’s sex tourism industry?

Quoted by ThaiVisa.com and Thai Rath, The Mirror claimed a Thai government minister had proclaimed last year that she would oversee the end of the sex trade in Thailand.

This was a clear reference to Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanvarankul who made the pronouncement last July, according to ThaiVisa.com. Read more

Thailand embarks on sports tourism campaign

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will increase efforts to promote Thailand as a sports hub during the up-coming ITB Berlin, 8 to 12 March.

Tourism and sports minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said sports was a priority sector that could help to promote the country on the international stage this year.

The minister first introduced a major sports tourism campaign at the Thailand Travel Mart in Chiang Mai, June 2016, when the Sports Authority of Thailand attended the event for the first time. Read more

Travelindex names top dining spots

February 21, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Travelindex has launched its first Global Restaurant City Guide featuring the Top 25 restaurants of the Thai capital.

Restaurant ratings and reviews are based on unbiased and authentic consumer response, according to Travelindex.

The Top25Restaurants website guide is an extension of the site’s own “Restaurant Rating Index”, which combines social media and review sites and input from culinary experts. Read more

Roll Royce bribe scandal hots up

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Thai Airways International’s labour union will urge Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, to ensure transparency and progress in the ongoing investigation into the bribery of former THAI executives by Rolls Royce UK.

The union president, Damrong Waiyakanee, confirmed Monday that the union will present a letter to the Prime Minister asking about the investigation as the union fears it will do more damage to the organisation if the investigation makes slow progress.

According to a Thailand National News Bureau report the labour union will also ask the PM to resolve an issue linked to aircraft that were supposed to be retired from service. Read more

Tourism drives Thai economy

February 21, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Thailand’s economy grew 3.2% in 2016, a slight increase on the previous year mainly driven by a buoyant tourism industry and government infrastructure projects.

But the performance is still below the junta’s target as the generals struggle to revive what was once one of the region’s strongest economies.

After two decades of roaring growth that saw the middle class boom, the nation has seen its financial fortunes stutter in recent years. Read more

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