Bank of Thailand: Sluggish economy in first quarter
SONGKHLA,(NNT) – Thai economy slowed down in the first quarter of 2016 due
to weak consumer spending, investments and exports, the Bank of Thailand
Director of the BOT’s Macroeconomic Policy Office Pornpen Sodsrichai said
the country’s economic expansion in the first 3 months of the year was very
close to the BOT’s forecast of 3 percent. She said the figure showed that
domestic economy was somewhat sluggish during the period due to a decrease
in consumer spending, fewer investment activities, and underperforming
Despite economic downturn in the first quarter, she said tourism and
government spending continued to grow, both of which will be the main
factors contributing to economic expansion in the second half of 2016. The
country can expect to see more investments from the government in the latter
Lastly, the director said the global economic recession and the ongoing
drought crisis are the two risk factors Thailand will have to watch out for.
Thailand to host ASEAN international conference on infectious diseases in children
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prof. Dr. Theeraphong
Tanthawichian, president of Infectious Diseases Association of Thailand and
of the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, said that Thailand
will host an ASEAN International Conference on Infectious Diseases in
Children from November 7-10, 2016 at Queen Sirikit National Convention
The conference will be attended by infectious disease experts worldwide who
will exchange information and views about children’s infectious disease
The conference will also feature a short-term training course on a severe
dengue for medical staff, students from medical institutions, researchers
and interested academicians.
Japan’s Foreign Minister to visit Thailand
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Japanese Minister
of Foreign Affairs is set to visit to Thailand today, marking the first
visit from Japan’s Foreign Minister during the past 5 years.
Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida will be embarking on his
official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand on 1-2 May 2016, according to the
invitation from Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
This will mark the first official visit from Japan’s Minister of Foreign
Affairs during the past 5 years. Thailand is the first country that the
Japanese Foreign Minister will visit as part of his trip to the South East
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and Japan will hold a meeting
on the evening of 1 May 2016 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in
Bangkok, discussing and exchanging views on bilateral cooperation on the
economy and international affairs, such as cooperative frameworks within the
UN and ASEAN, and regional security.
Both leaders will then sign a Memorandum of Intend (MOI) on the promotion of
cooperation in agriculture and other areas related to the government of
Thailand and Japan, followed by a dinner hosted by Thailand’s Minister of
Foreign Affairs to honour his Japanese counterpart and officials later in
the same evening.
Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs will be making a courtesy call to Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid
Jatusripitak on 2 May 2016.
Minister of Tourism and Sports discusses new tourism routes with domestic air carriers
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Minister of Tourism
and Sports has made a proposal with domestic airlines about 32 potential new
routes to increase connectivity and support more travel in ASEAN.
The Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul today discussed
with domestic airlines in Thailand to propose 35 potential routes to support
the ASEAN Connect project boosting travel from CLMV countries (Cambodia,
Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) and India to Thailand.
She has said the new routes will help travellers connect to other cities
from Bangkok more easily, while the new routes will receive marketing and
public relations support from the authorities prior to service inaugural
should carriers decide to operate.
On this matter, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Governor Yuthasak
Supasorn has said the TAT was appointed by the Minister of Tourism and
Sports to study the potential routes according to tourism growth and demand,
as well as the routes to ASEAN cities with high travel demand to Thailand.
He has said the CLMV market and India, have good growth potential, while the
air routes being considered include routes from Siem Reap, Cambodia directly
to Phuket and Hat Yai, as well as the routes to and from U-Tapao–Pattaya
Airport to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata.
TAT launches Women's Journey to Thailand to boost tourism among female travelers
BANGKOK,(NNT)– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching a
special campaign entitled Women's Journey to Thailand for local and foreign
female travelers to join a wide range of activities, shop at discount prices
and enjoy other privileges.
The special offers to the incoming tourists will include the sales of varied
products and services as well as events especially aimed to draw the
attention of women, who may be either traveling alone or in groups
throughout the upcoming August.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said: “We’ve designated August 2016 as a
month for women travelers. It'll be a way of marking Her Majesty Queen
Sirikit’s 84th birthday and encouraging the growth of the global and
domestic female travelers segment in conjunction with our strategy to
promote Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination.
''Remarkably, women who are coming to Thailand either in groups or as lone
travelers expect to find activities and attractions geared up to their
needs. So, this campaign will broaden their recognition of how Thailand can
cater a great experience to female travelers like nowhere else.”
Deputy TAT Governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa for International Marketing in
Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas said: “In addition, when it
comes to planning holidays, the family women often make main decisions.
Female travelers are an increasingly strong market for local and inbound
tourism. The global income of women worldwide has risen hugely and the
combined growth of female arrivals to Thailand has also risen at an average
of 11.4 percent from the period between 2007 and 2014.”
Research has shown that women travelers enjoy visiting beaches, enjoy
amazing spas and try Thai food. But they are perhaps more concerned with
safety and privacy than male travelers. With this in mind, TAT is
cooperating with airlines, hotels, resorts, spas and tour operators to
arrange various activities as well as offer special discounts and privileges
throughout the month of August.
“In order to promote this initiative and inspire female travelers to visit
Thailand, TAT has come up with five different promotional concepts:
Beautiful Look, Beautiful Shape, Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Retreat and
Beautiful Experience, which are all designed to meet the varied needs of
women travelers and to boost Thai tourism products and services geared up
for female travelers.” said Deputy TAT Governor Srisuda Wanapinyosak for
International Marketing in Asia and South Pacific.
Highlighted activities to be held as part of the campaign include Lady Golf
Challenge, Lady Celebrities to Thailand, Thailand through Her Eyes, 84
Perspectives of Thailand, Lady in Thai Fabric, Lady Products Showcase as
well as a Women’s Journey application. Other special arrangements are being
provided to female travelers within this month such as Lady Immigration
Lanes, Lady Parking and Lady Airfare.
Police chief to monitor probe into brutal attack on British family in Hua Hin
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan have instructed police
chief Pol. Gen. Chakthip Chaichinda to closely monitor investigation into an
alleged assault on three British tourists in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Deputy police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen disclosed that arrest
warrants have been issued for four accused assailants as shown in a video
clip. The last one was arrested on April 27.
The four men were charged with perpetrating the attack and causing severe
bodily harms which could possibly lead to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The premier instructed the authorities to strictly and resolutely enforce
the law and prosecute every suspected assailant.
54 taxi drivers licenses revoked in the past 6 months
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Department of Land
Transport (DLT) has arrested public transport drivers, especially taxi
drivers, revoking and suspending over 50 licenses.
DLT Director-General Sanit Phromwong said his department has worked with the
military and police in regulating the public transport system. Officials are
strictly monitoring for driving behavior that affect the safety of
passengers or Thailand's reputation.
From October 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, officials have suspended and
revoked the licenses of 54 taxi drivers who refused to take passengers,
failed to drop passengers off at the agreed location, refused to use the
meter fare, expressed rude behavior, or failed to produce their licenses and
Government to launch “Creative Innovation Hub” to support startup businesses
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Royal Thai
Government is now working with financial institutions in a bid to support
Somchai Sujjapongse, Permanent Secretary for Finance, chaired the signing
ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of
Finance, SME Bank, Government Savings Bank, Krung Thai Bank, and the Stock
Exchange of Thailand (SET).
The MOU seeks to establish the “Creative Innovation Hub” whose main
responsibility is to support startup businesses in Thailand in terms of
education. New entrepreneurs can seek advice on how to run or start a
business from this center.
The signing of the agreement shows the government’s intention and commitment
to assisting new businesses.
Under the MOU, the project will be financed by the three mentioned banks and
the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Each institution will pitch in 100 million
baht to put forth the project.
No more cases of Zika virus reported in Vietnam
HANOI,(VOV) - No other
localities in Vietnam have reported cases of Zika virus after the central
Khanh Hoa province and HCM City declared the end of Zika virus outbreak at
the commune and ward levels, according to the General Department of
Preventive Medicine (Ministry of Health).
However, it said to prevent the disease from spreading to the community, the
Ministry of Health (MOH) will further mobilise locals to kill mosquito
larvae, increase examination and detection of new cases while coordinating
with relevant departments and sectors to boost awareness of Zika virus and
dengue fever prevention nationwide.
The MoH will also update the public with the relevant information and give
warnings on its official website and in mass media.
NCPO detains those found breaking computer crime law in relation to public referendum opinion sharing
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The National
Council for Peace and Order has detained a group of people for violating the
computer crime law following their posting of opinions related to the public
referendum on social media.
NCPO spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said on Wednesday that the military has
recently detained eight people in Bangkok and two others in Khon Kaen,
presumably after related authorities have been following their movements for
Col. Winthai said that all detained individuals have not been charged as an
investigation remains to be conducted, adding that the detention of these
people has been in accordance with Article 44 of the interim charter.
The NCPO spokesman said that the detained individuals have certainly
violated the Computer Crime Act although it is not clear if they have also
broken the Public Referendum Act as well.
Health Ministry promotes Healthy Workplace project to prevent early deaths
BANGKOK,(NNT) – As working-age people in Thailand run a high risk of
premature death due to unhealthy conditions at work, the Ministry of Public
Health is introducing a campaign called Healthy Workplace to take care of
As April 28 of every year marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work,
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr Suwannachai
Wattanayingcharoenchai announced that the ministry would like to invite
members of both the public and private sectors to join in the Healthy
The campaign is aimed to protect workers against illnesses by implementing
sanitary measures, ensuring workplace safety, maintaining a pollution-free
environment at work and promoting workers’ livelihood through recreational
Based on findings of the National Statistical Office, Thai people of the
working age, who currently number over 37 million, are facing risks from
dining out, skipping exercise, stressing over work and having insufficient
sleep. These factors can lead to serious health problems and eventually
death before old age.
Animals receive icy treats at Khao Kheow Zoo
CHONBURI,(NNT) – Khao Kheow Open Zoo is distributing icy treats to
animals as relief for heat, relaxing animals from stress.
Khao Kheow Open Zoo’s Director Suriya Saengpong has said that the zoo is now
feeding frozen fruits and syrups to animals to increase their energy and
relive their stress and savageness caused by the extreme heat during March
He has said the care for animals during hot weather is crucial as animals
tend to be stressed from the increased temperature, resulting in the reduced
likelihood of breeding and loss of appetite.
The treats are made of frozen fruits such as oranges, watermelons, apples,
rose apples, and corns, providing sugar to animals which are able to lick or
suck the treats, including gibbons, while lions, bears, and monkeys.
The zoo is also feeding its white lion with frozen pork legs and frozen
blood in the afternoon as refreshments, which is also an activity which
attracts attention from visitors, while mist sprinklers are equipped at the
African animals display section to relieve the heat.
Cabinet approves new section of dual-track railway
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The construction of the
Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon segment of the dual-track railway project has
received the Cabinet’s consent while concession bidding is expected during
May to August.
Following the Cabinet meeting, Minister of Transport Arkhom
Termpittayapaisith made known that the green light was granted to the
ministry’s double-track railway project on the section between Prachuap
Khiri Khan and Chumphon provinces.
Deputy Governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Kamol
Tungkitjareonchai explained that the draft terms of reference (TOR) contract
for the new section will be unveiled on the SRT’s website in order to gather
feedback for 5-7 days. Unless anyone rejects the draft, the SRT will begin
to accept bids around late May. The bidding will be conducted in the form of
e-auction. The winning bidder and the final price of the project are likely
to be concluded in early August.
The Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon section stretches 167 kilometers and is
part of the second phase of the dual-track railway project. Three more
sections are expected to be considered by the Cabinet within a week or two;
they consist of Map Kabao-Chira Junction, Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho and Nakhon
Thailand destroys 1.2 mn doses of type-2 poliovirus vaccines
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Public
Health has burnt 1.2 million doses of type-2 poliovirus vaccines and pledged
to burn all of the vaccines nationwide by 28 April 2016 before new
poliovirus vaccines are used.
According to the ministry, polio is a severe infectious disease caused by
poliovirus type 1, 2 and 3. In the past, there were many hundreds of
thousands of polio patients worldwide each year but last year, there were
only two polio-affected countries—Afghanistan and Pakistan. As for Thailand,
the last polio patient was found in April 1997 and the country remained free
from the disease until now.
Since poliovirus type 2 has been eradicated worldwide, there is no need for
type-2 poliovirus vaccines. New poliovirus vaccines will be used in Thailand
from 29 April onwards.
The World Health Organization has set a time frame for each country to
destroy type-2 poliovirus vaccines without contaminating the environment.
Earthquake awareness seminar
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Engineering Institute of Thailand under His Majesty the
King’s Patronage (EIT) has called on Thai people to be more aware of and
prepared for earthquakes, suggesting inspections of buildings to ensure
In the wake of the recent deadly tremors in Japan and Ecuador, a seminar has
been organized by the EIT to study the incidents and to gauge the risk of
earthquakes in Thailand, with an aim of raising public awareness of the
issue. Vice President of the EIT Suttisak Soralump, who visited Japan after
the quakes to assess the damage, indicated that the country was heavily
devastated despite its preparedness for such disaster.
Therefore, he highlighted the necessity for Thailand to safeguard itself
more against earthquakes, especially by stringently conducting inspections
of houses and establishments that were constructed before the enactment of
regulations on earthquake resistance of buildings. He urged responsible
agencies to give importance to structural tests and reinforcements as well
as search and rescue operations when a quake strikes.
Nonetheless, Mr Suttisak insisted that people should not be over-alarmed by
the latest incidents. He said it is only advisable to study the country’s
geology in order to accurately determine the chance of earthquakes and have
appropriate response plans in place.
Highway Department to fix cracked, collapsed roads in face of droughts
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Highway Department has reported that many provinces
across the country have been affected by droughts which have caused cracks
or cave-ins on roads.
The department is encouraging the public to help monitor the cracks on the
roads especially those running alongside canals for the safety of road
People who notice cracked and collapsed roads or those on the verge of
subsiding can call the Highway Department’s Hotline 1586 free of charge
around the clock.