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The Ministry of Commerce disclosed that the 5th Thailand-Bangladesh JTC Meeting is scheduled for 8-9 January 2020 in Bangkok. The meeting aims to set the direction on trade and investment relations, as well as economic cooperation, between the two countries in various aspects, such as industry, agriculture, fishing, public healthcare, and transport connectivity. (07/01/2020)
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On 6 January, the Minister Attached to the Prime Ministers Office visited the Government Easy Contact Center (GECC) in order to follow up on the progress of the GECC establishment and to assess its operations. The aims of the assessment of the GECCs services are to standardize the Governments service systems, and to stimulate the government sectors to develop their services for the general public. (07/01/2020)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that Thailand has been closely monitoring series of events which have led to escalation of tension in Iraq with deep concern. Thailand joins the international community in calling on all parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint, avoid further provocation and refrain from use of force in order to de-escalate tension and to maintain peace and stability in the region. (07/01/2020)
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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment stated that the largest portion of plastic waste is from fresh markets, shopping malls, and convenience stores. Therefore, the Government will start a six-month anti-plastic campaign, urging retailers, department stores, and supermarkets to stop handing out all types of single-use plastic bags to their customers. This campaign aims to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags by 50% in 2020. (07/01/2020)
China is working swiftly to control an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City of Hubei Province, and Thailand is closely screening travelers arriving from the Chinese city. Recently, international quarantine checkpoints throughout the country have been instructed to watch out for pneumonia infections and strictly screen travelers from Wuhan who arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport, Don Mueang airport, Chiang Mai airport and Phuket airport. (06/01/2020)
The Government has encouraged members of the public to cooperate with the national waste management masterplan under the 3Rs concept: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Thailands sustainable goal is a Zero Waste Society. By 2027, the Government aims to recycle plastic waste by 100%, shrinking the annual cost of waste management, and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (06/01/2020)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment revealed that the campaign Everyday Say No to Plastic Bags has received a positive response. The ministry expects that the campaign will be able to reduce single-use plastic bags by more than 2 billion, or by 5.7 million kilograms, worth about 400 million baht. (05/01/2020)
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The Kasikorn Research Center disclosed that both Thai and foreign tourists traveling in Thailand from 28 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 are expected to generate revenue of 82.2 billion baht. Thai tourists are expected to generate approximately 28.2 billion baht, while foreign tourists are expected to spend around 54 billion baht in the country. (04/01/2020)
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The Ministry of Public Health has introduced the nations first robot for brain surgery developed by the Prasat Neurological Institute. The robot can provide surgical assistance in more precision and in a shorter time. This new technology will help to reduce brain diseases or disorders, such as epilepsy or Parkinson's. (03/01/2020)
Five cities in Thailand have been listed in the Top 100 City Destinations in 2019 by Euromonitor International, a global market research company based in the United Kingdom. Bangkok was ranked second, while Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Krabi were ranked 15th, 18th, 70th, and 99th, respectively. (03/01/2020)
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According to The Monocle magazines forecast for 2020, Chiang Mai province is ranked as the 15th favorite destination for tourists. The Monocle describes Chiang Mai as a city with beautiful nature and with a seamless balance between the old and new. Chiang Mais streets are also trendy and stylish. There is a great selection of gastronomic highlights and small interesting businesses. (03/01/2020)
On 1 January, as the first day that 75 brands of department stores, shopping malls, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide commenced stopping their plastic bag service, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment paid visits to four department stores to observe the progress after the campaign Everyday Say No to Plastic Bags had been launched. The feedback shows that the campaign has had a good response from every social sector. In this regard, the minister also invited the general public to save the Thai environment and the world by using cloth bags instead of plastic bags. (03/01/2020)
The Thai International Travel Fair is scheduled on 16-19 January 2020 at IMPACT, Bangkok. This event revolves around travel-based services, tourism and transportation, aviation services, packages, and holiday services associated with the travel and tourism industry. Visitors will get to have a keen look at various cost-effective packages, and those which are designed for maximum convenience. (29/12/2019)
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The Department of Business Development (DBD) has collaborated with online shopping platform Shopee, providing 1,000 discount items through the e-commerce platform from December 27th to January 5th. These items include food, cosmetics, household appliances, apparel, and ornaments. The products under the campaign can easily be identified by the DBD label. Participants will also receive an additional 20% discount on the overall purchase by entering the promo code DBDGIFT20 upon checkout. (27/12/2019)
The Fine Arts Department invites the public to pay homage to ten sacred Buddha images from nine countries, during the New Year period, at the National Museum, from 25 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, from 09.00 to 16.00 hr. The ten Buddha images include the principal Buddha image Phra Buddha Sihing, the sacred Buddha image of Bowon Sathanmongkol Palace, as well as other sacred Buddha images in different traditional Buddhist art styles from eight countries: India, Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. (27/12/2019)
The Thai Chamber of Commerce has submitted a proposal to Speaker of the House of Representatives Chuan Leekpai regarding a draft law to tackle air pollution, deeming that the issue affects both public health, tourism, and the Thai economy. The proposal suggests establishing a committee on clean air to monitor the air situation and determine related policies and penalties for offenders. (26/12/2019)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the fourth edition of its campaign Tourism for All 2020 as a New Years present for state welfare cardholders. The campaign is collaborating with 58 partners to offer cardholders entry fee discounts to attractions nationwide, with the aim of improving the Thai peoples quality of life while also sustainably strengthening Thai society. (26/12/2019)
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Three cities in Thailand, according to a survey by Agoda, are ranked among the most popular destinations for New Years Eve celebrations in the Asia-Pacific region. Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya join the top ten in the list. Furthermore, Thailand is placed as the second among Asian countries visit for travelers worldwide. (26/12/2019)
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has approved a decrease in the fare of MRT Blue line and Purple line. The charge on the MRT Chalong Ratchadham line will be not over 20 baht, from the original price of 14-42 baht. The promotion is in effect from 25 December 2019 to 31 March 2020, 09.00-17.00 hr. The extension of the Blue Line, Bang Pho Station to Sirindhorn Station, is now open, free of charge. (25/12/2019)
Today (25 December), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is on a visit to Chaiyaphum province, in order to follow up the progress on solving the drought in the area. He is also meeting local residents and observing the agricultural management system of sugarcane plantations, known as Modern Farm, which promotes sustainable management innovations and complies well with the Governments agricultural development policy. (25/12/2019)

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