Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:28

Hua Hin to see more tourists from China

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014 - Chinese tourists reportedly have a higher tendency to travel the seaside resort of Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The provincial governor therefore encourages Thai people to provide them with a warm welcome.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:27

BoT indicates little economic growth in July

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014 – The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has reported that economic figures in July were relatively stable compared to June while assuring that the Thai economy will definitely enjoy higher expansion in the latter half of this year. Ms Roong Mallikamas, Senior Director of the BoT’s Macroeconomic and Monetary Policy Department, said the July economy appeared to be stabilizing from the month before. She noted that the return of confidence and the increase of income in the non-agricultural sector helped push up household purchasing power, domestic consumption and demand as well as private investment. The acceleration of government spending was also beneficial to the economy. The export sector remained slow to recover, prompting the BoT to prepare to consider adjusting the annual export growth target down from the current 3 percent on September 17. Production slowdown also hindered the growth of the industrial sector. Nonetheless, the tourism sector recorded more foreign visitors to the Kingdom after their concerns had been eased. Both unemployment and inflation were on the decline. Even though economic improvements in July were deemed insignificant, Ms Roong gave assurances that more robust growth figures would be witnessed towards the end of the year.

TRAT, 29 August 2014  – Provinces in the Eastern region have gathered to brainstorm ideas to improve its logistics system, which would become a master plan model for the region.

Deputy Trat governor Mr. Narong Theerachandharangkoon chaired the opening ceremony of the event to prepare for the upcoming ASEAN community in which 4 Eastern provinces including Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat, have agreed on finding a master plan model to help develop the logistics system for these eastern province.

As many industrial estates are situated in the East, there would be an increase in raw material distribution to these industrial plants and other regions. The implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2015 would also contribute to increased product imports and exports from neighboring countries.

The benefits of improving such a system will reduce the production cost as well as increase satisfaction for clients in the industrial sector, those in the agricultural sector, as well as the tourism industry. It will also increase safety and security during the logistics process.

Results from the study of this master plan will be used to improve and connect business operators within the region as well as between nearby countries. It will help the eastern region to become a trade hub among other countries, encourage the tourism industry, and also trade investment.

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014  – The Excise Department is looking to merge seven current laws concerning excise tax into one bill, for the purpose of improving transparency and to meet the global standard. 

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014 – Good news for all Thais. Benzene prices have dropped in accordance with the Energy Policy and Planning Office's drive to adjust the oil prices structure.

TRANG, 29 August 2014 - Some of Trang's para rubber farmers say they are happy that the NCPO is taking measures to help the rubber farmers cope with the dropping prices of para rubber. 

Saturday, 30 August 2014 10:55

Flash floods hit Chiang Rai

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014 - Mueang district in the northern province of Chiang Rai has been affected by flooding caused by flash floods. Local disaster prevention and mitigation offices have distributed aid to the flood-affected people.

The part of Phahonyothin road between Mueang and Mae Chan districts has been heavily submerged by high and strong floods. Many houses in five villages in Mueang district have been flooded. Some of them, especially those near water courses, have been many meters deep in the water.

Disaster prevention and mitigation officers in the province have assisted the affected villagers, most of them were not prepared for the flooding and they were not able to pack their belongings in time. Roads in many villages were cut off by over 50-centimeter flood water.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) recently made known that the martial law is likely to remain in effect after General Prayuth Chan-ocha becomes prime minister. 

SONGKHLA, 29 August 2014 – The director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control Region 12, Songkhla has reiterated that the subordinated institutes should carry on Ebola Virus disease prevention measures.

The Ebola virus spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal. It spreads from human to human through the touching of blood, lymphs, mucus, or saliva of the infected patient.

60-90 percent of the infected patients die since there is no ebola virus-specific treatment that exists.

Thais who want to travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria are still allowed to but they are being strongly advised not to be in contact with infected patients, infectious excretion, patient’s wares or a dead body.

Those who have just departed from the above mentioned countries are suggested to pay close attention for possible symptoms and should see the doctor immediately within 21 days after finding abnormalities such as a fever, stomach muscle pain, vomiting or hematoma defecating.

PETCHABURI, 29 August 2014 - Cha-Am Mayor Nukul Pornsoomboonsiri revealed that the Cha-Am Municipality has imposed strict measures in order prevent speed boat operators from taking advantage of tourists.

The municipality now requires speed boat operators to clearly post their price charts stating the rental fees to prevent tourists from being overcharged. In addition, speed boat drivers who show rude or inappropriate behavior against tourists will face temporary suspension from providing boat services.

President of the Cha-Am Cruise Club Montree Meerit stated that its 125 members of speed boat operators would take great pains to see that tourists get a fair shake.

According to him, there are six main speed boat piers throughout the beach’s four kilometer stretch and each one of them will be closely monitored by a supervisor.

Tourists who are unfairly treated by speed boat drivers are urged to report directly to the pier station masters.

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