Economy

Phuket and Ko Samui pilot tourism reopenings feel the strain as infection numbers rise on islands

Phuket and Ko Samui pilot tourism reopenings feel the strain as infection numbers rise on islands

July 31, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The collapse of Thailand’s foreign tourism industry since April 2020 has seen Thailand, a country already experiencing a lower than normal growth level, become the… Read More ›

Western nations and Japan come to Thailand’s assistance as the COVID-19 emergency escalates

Western nations and Japan come to Thailand’s assistance as the COVID-19 emergency escalates

July 29, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

A further 1 million vaccine doses from the United States, as well as 1.1 million antigen test kits and ventilators donated by Switzerland, announced in… Read More ›

A dead mother beside her children and a taxi driver who slept, show us a nation riven by an extended crisis

A dead mother beside her children and a taxi driver who slept, show us a nation riven by an extended crisis

July 27, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Shocking stories from the streets, a rented room, taxi and even a temple tell us about a crisis and suffering that is more stark and… Read More ›

Party leader and popular candidate for PM calls for political unity, presents a plan to defeat the virus

Party leader and popular candidate for PM calls for political unity, presents a plan to defeat the virus

July 25, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan is an experienced former cabinet minister who was the leading candidate for Prime Minister of the largest Thai political party during the… Read More ›

State regulatory process linked with Thailand’s vaccination programme’s chronic delays admits top official

State regulatory process linked with Thailand’s vaccination programme’s chronic delays admits top official

July 23, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

The National Vaccine Security Act 2018, a law passed by the National Legislative Assembly, appears to have been the template for the government’s incoherent vaccine… Read More ›

PM says Thailand will reopen fully to foreign tourism as infections and deaths continue to rise daily

PM says Thailand will reopen fully to foreign tourism as infections and deaths continue to rise daily

July 22, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

General Prayut asked top CEOs to work with the government and try to avoid conflict at this time. He said cooperation between all parties was… Read More ›

Big joke and top officials shore up the Sandbox tourist initiative on Phuket which begins to shows promise

Big joke and top officials shore up the Sandbox tourist initiative on Phuket which begins to shows promise

July 20, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

The Thai government increasingly sees the Phuket initiative as critical to the country’s economic objectives. Last weekend, a high powered delegation, including former Immigration Bureau… Read More ›

Crisis over AstraZeneca vaccine doses threatens to undermine the government as virus surge grows

Crisis over AstraZeneca vaccine doses threatens to undermine the government as virus surge grows

July 18, 2021

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Fears for Thailand’s critical vaccination campaign which now looks like it will fall well short of the government’s target to vaccinate 70% of the population… Read More ›

10-year visas for the right kind of foreigner who can play a part in Thailand’s economic future

10-year visas for the right kind of foreigner who can play a part in Thailand’s economic future

July 17, 2021

Economy, Thailand:

Plan from Thailand’s Energy Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) highlights the need to attract foreigners with capital,… Read More ›

5 tourists land on Ko Samui as the numbers linked to Thailand’s reopening simply fail to impress

5 tourists land on Ko Samui as the numbers linked to Thailand’s reopening simply fail to impress

July 15, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Current numbers, trends and feedback from international travellers do not augur well for a recovery of Thailand’s foreign tourism industry in the last quarter of… Read More ›

Vaccine cocktail approved on Monday placed under review causing provincial suspensions of rollout

Vaccine cocktail approved on Monday placed under review causing provincial suspensions of rollout

July 14, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Study into side effects ordered by the PM after top doctor already presented his emphatic findings based on a study involving 1,200 patients at King… Read More ›

Economic fears rising as Thailand faces a bigger crisis than 1997 with rising job losses and debt

Economic fears rising as Thailand faces a bigger crisis than 1997 with rising job losses and debt

July 13, 2021

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Any growth at all now for 2021 is questionable as the head of the Public Debt Management Office suggests the government may be able to… Read More ›

Top tourists soured by red tape, hyper regulation is killing off enthusiasm for the Phuket sandbox among fans

Top tourists soured by red tape, hyper regulation is killing off enthusiasm for the Phuket sandbox among fans

July 12, 2021

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Two more foreign tourists within the Phuket sandbox test positive while the province has just announced its first Delta virus case as schools close for… Read More ›

Tensions within government as COVID-19 crisis grows darker with public confidence in free fall

Tensions within government as COVID-19 crisis grows darker with public confidence in free fall

July 11, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

A key player has emerged at the heart of government at the centre of its struggle to survive during the COVID-19 emergency. Controversial but reputedly… Read More ›

12 tourists in Phuket placed in quarantine ask to be flown home after their island holiday was ruined

12 tourists in Phuket placed in quarantine ask to be flown home after their island holiday was ruined

July 10, 2021

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

This week, it appeared the Phuket Sandbox initiative was gaining ground with up to 14,000 foreign tourists scheduled for July and more airlines requesting slots… Read More ›

Only 1.8% of the people in one poll this week said that they had any confidence in the government

Only 1.8% of the people in one poll this week said that they had any confidence in the government

July 9, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Loei MP Lertsak Pattanachaikun warned that Thailand could become a failed state with rising public debt and an economy which, unlike other world economies right… Read More ›

Top official – fully vaccinated people must wear double face masks against more infectious Delta virus strain

Top official – fully vaccinated people must wear double face masks against more infectious Delta virus strain

July 7, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

With a surge in infections being reported on Wednesday, driven by the more infectious Delta variant of Covid-19, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the government spokesman has… Read More ›

New ‘Green’ future for tourism in Phuket as officials crack down on prostitution on the island

New ‘Green’ future for tourism in Phuket as officials crack down on prostitution on the island

July 5, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Phuket reopening looks like it is achieving some moderate success as a senior Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) official heralds a new Green or,… Read More ›

Transport ministry looks at launching Thailand’s own shipping line to support economic growth

Transport ministry looks at launching Thailand’s own shipping line to support economic growth

July 3, 2021

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand, whose GDP is 50% driven by exports, has a 90% deficit in shipping tonnage putting the kingdom’s exporters and importers at a disadvantage. A… Read More ›

MP criticises stirred up health official, calls on him to fight the virus instead of being emotional

MP criticises stirred up health official, calls on him to fight the virus instead of being emotional

July 2, 2021

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Top doctor at Siriraj hospital predicts infections of over 10,000 cases per day as many officials now accept that Thailand finds itself at the mercy… Read More ›