Economy

New TCEB President outlines strategy to boost MICE industry

New TCEB President outlines strategy to boost MICE industry

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BANGKOK: The new President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) public organisation, Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, has announced a new strategy to develop the TCEB into the leading organisation for MICE to improve the country’s economy with innovation to create prosperity and distribute income. Mr Chiruit, who was […]

Phuket Lobster Festival to be held next month

Phuket Lobster Festival to be held next month

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PHUKET: The ‘Phuket Lobster Festival’ is to be held from August 1-31 and is expected to generate revenue of 200 million baht for local businesses. Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong and Wirachai Pranveerapaibool, Managing Director of Pracharath Rak Samakkee (Social Enterprise) Co Ltd, Phuket, yesterday held a press conference at the […]

Small eateries reeling from labour exodus

Small eateries reeling from labour exodus

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s hotel and restaurant businesses, which employ millions of alien workers, are in a spin over the new labour law endorsed on June 23. The controversial crackdown has forced scores of restaurants to close their doors, and many travel and bus companies to stop hiring illegal workers, many of […]

Foreign tour guides under fire

Foreign tour guides under fire

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BANGKOK: Associations of local tour guide operators nationwide have gathered to oppose the government’s plan to allow foreign tour guides to offer services in the country, saying the policy will result in huge unemployment. A total of 22 associations and clubs of tour guide operators met yesterday (July 9) and […]

Phuket business operators protest migrant labor exodus

Phuket business operators protest migrant labor exodus

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PHUKET: More than 20 business operators and contractors gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall to protest against a newly announced migrant worker labor law yesterday morning. “A new executive decree on foreign workers’ management was launched on June 26, according to which operators who employ illegal foreign laborers may be fined […]

Phuket vendors warned over durian price gouging

Phuket vendors warned over durian price gouging

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PHUKET: Fresh fruit vendors in Phuket have been warned over charging inflated prices of durian as well as other popular fruits in tourism areas, such as pineapples. Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad levelled the warning at a durian fruit festival last week. “I already know about overpriced durian being charged […]

Phuket hosts tropical fruit festival

Phuket hosts tropical fruit festival

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PHUKET: Central Festival Phuket yesterday hosted the launch of ‘Thailand Amazing Durian & Fruit Festival’ which is to be held in Phuket till July 4. Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad presided over the opening ceremony. “Following successful feedback in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we launched the festival in Phuket to […]

Harsher labour law penalties hit Phuket employers, foreigners

Harsher labour law penalties hit Phuket employers, foreigners

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PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Employment Office (PEO) has cautioned foreigners and employers to be aware of a raft of new penalties for breaches of labour law introduced on Friday. The warning follows the newly issued “Emergency Decree” on “Management Immigrant Work” dated June 17, which came into effect […]

Strong baht tipped to hurt tourist stays

Strong baht tipped to hurt tourist stays

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BANGKOK: A strong baht is expected to hurt inbound tourism by driving up the cost of travel and narrowing industry margins, say public and private players in the tourism sector. The Tourism and Sports Ministry revealed on Monday (June 12) the baht in the year to date has appreciated by […]

E-work permits planned for migrant workers in Phuket

E-work permits planned for migrant workers in Phuket

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PHUKET: Phuket officials have announced the launch of an electronic work permit (e-work permit) for migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, to become effective on November 1 this year. The labor department estimates that nearly 50,000 migrant workers from these countries currently work in Phuket. The initiative is part […]