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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the new tourism campaign named Tiew Thai Teh (Travel Thai Cool), which engages social media influencers, especially in the group of young celebrities and internet stars, in order to convince Thai tourists to travel more to domestic locations. Those social media influencers will be used to inspire Thai people to become trend setters, pioneering local fashion, food, shopping, and traditions nationwide. (07/04/2017)
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Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand, observed on 6 April. Chakri day commemorates the coronation of Rama I but it is also a day for Thai people to recognize the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty. As stated in the announcement of the Royal Household Bureau, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will preside over the ceremony to promulgate the new constitution in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on 6 April 2017, starting at 15.00 hr. (06/04/2017)
The Ministry of Industry announced that Alibaba Group plans to use Thailand as an e-commerce park for product distribution to CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam). The project in which Alibaba will join hands with Thailand is the e-commerce park, which will be the base for distributing products in this region. Based on the e-commerce park, Thai SMEs that trade through Alibaba will gain benefits that comply with the Thailand 4.0 policy requiring all businesses to enter e-commerce. (06/04/2017)
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The Ministry of Finance and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ADB's establishment, as well as the partnership between Thailand and the ADB. The ministry said that Thailand and the ADB have had great mutual cooperation, even though the nation has become more financially independent. The Asian Development Bank also expressed its support for Thailand's efforts to become a high-income nation. (05/04/2017)
The architectural team for the construction of the crematorium for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol has enhanced the design of the crematorium structure by opting for bigger and thicker steel frames, allowing the structure to support up to 500 kilograms per square meter as opposed to the previous design which could only support 300 kg/sq m. The enhanced design was made to accommodate the huge number of public expected to view the crematorium. (05/04/2017)
The Prime Minister urges people to follow the traffic rules strictly during the Songkran Festival. Any pickup truck that is carrying people to splash water should drive around within their community and not get into the main roads. But the rules will be loosened for Chiang Mai and other provinces that hold the traditional festival on the main roads. (05/04/2017)
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, is implementing a program to develop entrepreneurship, technology, and digital innovation. The program aims to support and encourage entrepreneurs, both SMEs and OTOP businesses, to use digital technology and innovation to compete in the digital economy. Initially, entrepreneurs who are interested in applying for training could be producers or distributors of products, such as fruit processing, silverware, bio-fertilizer, and wood-carving products. For more information, please call 02-141-7165 or 02-141-7199, or email (05/04/2017)
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Royal Thai Embassy in Moscow has announced that there is no report of Thai citizens being injured or killed in the bomb incident in the metro train station in St. Petersburg on Monday, 3 April. Anyone who needs help may contact +79169392155. (04/04/2017)
According to the new regulations issued by the Ministry of Public Health, all citizens are entitled to free emergency medical treatment at all hospitals in the first 72 hours following an injury. After 72 hours, the patients may ask to be transferred to other hospitals that they desire. If they wish to stay in the same hospital, they will have to cover additional fees after the 72-hour period themselves. (03/04/2017)
Thailand intends to make the Koh Kai model, a plastic garbage management system, a pilot model at marine attractions in Thailand. The project campaigns for banning plastic bags and reducing all types of plastic garbage on the island. It expects to be complete within this year and the Government will apply this model to other 22 coastal areas. (03/04/2017)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand project in order to manage and solve the garbage issue at marine areas, which are popular tourism destinations. The campaign will make use of those garbage and waste products by transforming them into fashion items, such as coats, shoes, or bags. The TAT believes this form of reuse will also promote the awareness of environmental conservation. (31/03/2017)
The Ministry of Culture will host the event "235 Years of Rattanakosin Era" on 5-30 April 2017 to pay tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Apart from an exhibition in honor of the late King, the Night Museum, a Thai-ASEAN contemporary puppet expo, and merit making at 10 temples related to 10 reigns, will be featured. (31/03/2017)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the signing of an MOU between four major ministries, namely the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Public Health, to move forward the project of lifelong human personnel development for children in early childhood and for senior citizens, with the aim to mobilize human personnel development in accordance with Thailand 4.0. (31/03/2017)
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports revealed that Thailand earned 1.33 trillion baht from the tourism sector from October 2016 to March 2017. The income increased 4.6%, compared with the same period a year before. About 860 billion baht came from foreign tourists, especially from China, Russia, Malaysia, Great Britain, and the United States. The Andaman Sea was ranked as the most popular destination in Thailand, followed by the northern region and the east coast. (31/03/2017)
The Ministry of Culture encourages people to be aware of Thai traditions and culture conservation when doing activities during the upcoming Songkran Festival, 13 - 17 April 2017. In addition, on the occasion of Songkran, the Ministry of Culture, jointly with several government organizations, will hold cultural activities for the celebration of traditional Songkran Day across the country. (30/03/2017)
The Government aims to propose Khon masked drama and Thai massage to UNESCO as intangible cultural heritages. The proposal will be submitted to UNESCO in Paris by the end of this month and the consideration process will take at least one year for approval. (30/03/2017)
The cabinet plans to increase the use of electric cars to up to 30,000 vehicles in the next five years. They aim at three types of electric cars: hybrids, plug-in cars, and battery powered vehicles; it includes tax breaks for parts producers and excise tax discounts for importing batteries. The changes are expected to attract 20 billion baht in investment over the next three years and for 20-30,000 electric cars to be introduced to the nation over the next five years. (30/03/2017)
Mrs.Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sport, met representatives from Agoda, a website and mobile application for online travel booking, to reconsider its price rate and to discuss covering unregistered hotels in its sale network. AfterSongkran Festival,the ministry plans to have discussions with the Ministry of Interior and members of the private sector,such as Airbnb, to tackle problems in the tourism industry. (24/03/2017)
The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, cautions people to beware of summer heat dangers that may cause injury to the conjunctiva of the eye, as well as damage to the skin from sunburn, and even death from heat stroke. It is suggested that everyone should avoid being outdoors in the heat for a long time, or they should wear a hat, use an umbrella, or apply sunscreen. People who face the most risk from hot weather include the elderly, people with medical problems, agriculturists, builders, traffic police, pregnant women, people who exercise outdoors, and tourists. (22/03/2017)
On occasion of the World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March 2017, the Department of Mental Health launched a campaign to provide parents with guidance for nurturing children with Down syndrome. According to statistics, there is one child with Down syndrome among every 800 newborn babies in Thailand. The department will focus on raising the public's awareness of the positive potential of Down syndrome patients, as well as helping them live normally in society. (22/03/2017)

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