Law & Taxes

Marine insurance bill wins first nod

Marine insurance bill wins first nod

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s first marine insurance bill based on a UK law has received the green light from regulators and will be sent to the Cabinet for consideration. If approved, the bill, which took six months to draft, will be forwarded to the National Legislative Assembly for enactment. The Office of […]

Phuket Governor orders crackdown on low-cost tours

Phuket Governor orders crackdown on low-cost tours

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PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday outlined strategies devised to eliminate low-cost tour operators on the island during the his latest “Governor Meets Press” press conference held at Phuket Provincial Office in Phuket Town. Also present at yesterday’s (Sept 13) press conference were Vice Governor Sanith Siriwihok, Phuket Provincial Police Commander […]

Chinese ‘zero-dollar’ tour operators acquitted

Chinese ‘zero-dollar’ tour operators acquitted

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BANGKOK: The Criminal Court has acquitted seven people and six companies of charges relating to “zero-dollar” tours organised for Chinese visitors, including tours to Phuket. The suspects were accused of operating tour guide services without charging fees, damaging tourism, taking advantage of tourists, operating unauthorised tour guide services and laundering […]

Illegal sections of controversial Phuket property being demolished

Illegal sections of controversial Phuket property being demolished

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PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that sections of the controversial Krathing Cape property which have deemed to be illegal by officials are now in the process of being demolished. Speaking to The Phuket News today (Aug 24), Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos said, “Having checked with public work officials, I can confirm […]

Excise tax revision to affect more than alcohol, cars

Excise tax revision to affect more than alcohol, cars

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BANGKOK: Organic laws concerning the new excise tax rates, which will apply to all products subject to excise duties except for alcohol and cigarettes, will top the Cabinet’s agenda this week. The Cabinet will seek to approve new duties for alcohol and cigarettes shortly before the new excise tax regime […]

Diaego toasts rejig of alcohol excise tax

Diaego toasts rejig of alcohol excise tax

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BANGKOK: Diageo Moet Hennessy Thailand Ltd, (DMHT), an importer and distributor of premium alcoholic drinks in Thailand, says it supports the alcoholic beverage tax scheme under the new Excise Tax Act. The new tax rates for alcohol drinks, covering beer, white whisky, rice whisky and wine, will come into force […]

Governor bans unsafe tour buses from Phuket, orders speed cameras for Patong Hill safety

Governor bans unsafe tour buses from Phuket, orders speed cameras for Patong Hill safety

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PHUKET: Speed cameras on Patong Hill and mandatory safety checks on all buses coming onto the island are among a slew of safety measures announced by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong to prevent more deadly accidents on descent into Patong. Governor Norraphat announced the news at Phuket Provincial Office yesterday (Aug […]

Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

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As the entire project reaches about 12 meters in height, part of it will be required to be removed. The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been […]

Over 16,000 workers register at Phuket migrant workers centre

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PHUKET: Over 16,000 migrant workers registered at the fifteen-day migrant worker registration centre set up at Saphan Hin on July 24. The registration center was announced last month by Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawas and held from the July 24 until yesterday (Aug 7), at the Indoor Stadium in Saphan […]

Pitfalls of hiring and firing for the tourism high and low seasons

Pitfalls of hiring and firing for the tourism high and low seasons

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PHUKET: Thailand’s tourism and hospitality industry is among the most important contributors to the country’s economy. Anyone familiar with those industries knows that it’s dictated by high and low “seasons”. Business peaks during the European winter holidays and dips during the northern hemisphere’s spring and fall. Thus, if you are […]