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According to the Ministry of Commerce, 11 million welfare card holders have spent over 41 billion baht in 50,000 Blue Flag Pracharat stores between October 2017 to September 2018, with over 20 billion baht spent on community and farming goods, all together generating 100 billion baht in circulation. (05/10/2018)
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The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security revealed that the Ministry is planning to open special service centers across Thailand for people with disabilities. The center aims to develop the quality of life of people with disabilities in each province in order for the disabled to receive needed assistance and services as well as to find suitable employment. (04/10/2018)
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Loei province has officially opened its popular tourist destination Phu Kradueng for the annual travel season. Lodgings, restaurants, and transport services have been prepared for this year's visitors. The cost of baggage transport has been set at no more than 30 baht a kilogram. Visitors are urged to avoid using foam and plastic materials to protect the environment. Alcoholic beverages have also been banned from consumption in the national park. (04/10/2018)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has issued an order banning the feeding of pigeons. Many of them are carrying dangerous bacteria and can spread respiratory and neurological diseases to human. Feeding them is now illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 25,000 baht. The pigeons are to be removed from urban areas and released into the wild. Sellers of pigeon feed have been warned not to violate the Public Cleanliness and Order Act and the Animal Feed Control Act. Anyone who violates the law will be fined up to 10,000 baht. (03/10/2018)
Yasothon province is promoting the Toomka Lantern Festival, which is the only one in Thailand to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent. The festival will be held on 19-23 October 2018. This festival will have a handicraft and cultural area in front of Yasothon District Office, and on 24 October it will be at Wat Burapa, Ban Thung Tae, Muang Yasothon, Yasothon province. (03/10/2018)
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that Thailand has affirmed the commitment to developing all areas of cooperation with the Republic of Korea after 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Foreign Minister also expressed his delight at the close friendship between the Thai and Korean peoples, as evidenced by the popularity of Korean-language television series, tourism, culture, music, films, and television shows among Thais, as well as Thailands reputation among Koreans as one of their top travel destinations. (03/10/2018)
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The Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP) has launched a project to develop the Muay Thai Cluster to attract more kick-boxing lovers. The project aims to boost the competitiveness of the cluster while implementing technology and innovation to upgrade Muay Thai products and services. The Muay Thai business is growing in popularity in terms of careers and supplementary merchandise. The sport is also becoming a popular recreational activity among the people and plays a vital role in economic growth and Thai cultural promotion by generating revenue of 100 billion baht yearly. (02/10/2018)
Thailand has been voted the worlds best destination for the third consecutive time and five times in the past six years by Mastercard. According to the Global Destinations Cities Index, Thailand had 20 million overnight visitors, who stayed an average of 4.7 nights in 2017. Each foreign visitor spent 5,500 baht per day. Phuket and Pattaya were voted 12th and 18th best, respectively. (02/10/2018)
Don Muang Airport General-Manager Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanawat disclosed that the online clip showing the airport's security guard who physically assailed a Chinese tourist actually occurred at the airport. The airport general-manger apologized for this incident, which could affect the country's tourism image, and will send a letter of apology to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok. The security guard has been fired, while the airport general-manager is currently under a 30-day suspension to show responsibility and will take part in an investigation. (30/09/2018)
Sixty public vans, which are more than 10 years old, are set to be retired under the law on October 2018. The Transport Office of Chanthaburi plans to provide bus services to accommodate local residents and tourists to prevent any impact on local tourism. The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has proposed that the van operators purchase 20-seat passenger buses instead of buying new vans. The DLT will discuss with commercial banks the possibility of providing low-interest loans to them. (28/09/2018)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has pushed efforts to control the population of pigeons in many regions of Thailand. The reports from surveys, blood samples, and saliva and feces examination from birds indicate that more than 50 percent of samples were found to carry bacteria and fungi that could cause respiratory illnesses in humans. The BMA has instructed all 50 districts to record the pigeon population in their area to keep it under control and prevent any outbreaks of bird-borne diseases. The pigeon control measure will be discussed on 1 October 2018. In the meantime, people are warned not to feed pigeons in public areas. Anyone who violates the law will be fined a maximum of 25,000 baht or face a three-month jail term under the Public Health Act 2017. (28/09/2018)
Prime Ministers Office Minister Kobsak Phutrakul has revealed that the Government plans to establish an aircraft maintenance center and to support investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) by French investors who have shown an interest in the countrys aviation sector. U-Tapao Airport in Chonburi province is expected to be an aircraft maintenance center that will accommodate aircraft from Thai Airways and Airbus in the next two to three years. (27/09/2018)
Sa Kaeo province has moved forward to the status of a "smart district" by launching the Khlong Hat mobile application. The application is aimed to enhance various services in the district, in accordance with the Government's Thailand 4.0 policy, aimed at transforming the Government into a digital government. (27/09/2018)
The restoration of a 1.3-kilometer section of Pattaya's beaches has been successful. The remaining 1.5 kilometers from Pattaya Klang to Pattaya Tai beaches will be started before the end of this year. The restoration project is aimed at creating a 35-meter wide beach and a 15-meter seawall for better coastal protection. (27/09/2018)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society disclosed that the ministry has accelerated several digital economy projects, such as Smart City, Coding Thailand, Digital Transformation, and Digital Park Thailand. These projects will enable Thailand to evolve as the regional leader in digital innovations. (23/09/2018)
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The Ministry of Public Health stated that the eHealth Strategy (2017-2026) aimed to increase the opportunity for people to get medical and health services with equality. In addition, adapting to the use of digital technology and increasing the opportunities to develop an effective health care system are other challenges the country faces. Achieving them will help the Ministry of Public Health create opportunities for innovation and for adding value to health care services, which are developments that are in line with the digital economy plan. (22/09/2018)
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Following the cabinet retreat in Phetchabun, the Government Spokesman, Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, disclosed that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment had been assigned to study agricultural tourism and infrastructure development to accommodate visitors to the Sukhothai World Heritage Park, as well as studying how to make Phetchabun a world geological park. (21/09/2018)
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Chachoengsao province has launched a garbage collection boat trip in the Bang Pakong River, which a group of volunteer boat rowers, students from universities and local schools attended. The trips aims to encourage people and visitors to stop throwing garbage into the Bang Pakong River. (20/09/2018)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has organized ASEAN Together Run 2019, with the slogan Run & Travel. The objective is for people to learn about different cultures of neighboring countries through running. This event targets both runners and tourists. For further information, please visit the website: www.aseantogetherrun.com. (19/09/2018)
The Ministry of Commerce disclosed that Thailand has moved up seven places in the Global Innovation Index 2018 rankings, released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The ranking in this years Global Innovation Index stands at number 44. The Global Innovation Index provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 126 countries. The ranking involves a broad vision of innovation, including the political environment, education, infrastructure, and business sophistication. (19/09/2018)
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