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Lets head south, specifically to Trang province where many people from around the country go to enjoy beautiful scenery and natural attractions. The seawater is crystal clear, while the weather is not too hot, and the wind is a welcome breeze; the beach inside the cave is stunning. Meanwhile, coral reef diving near Koh Chuek is also an exciting pastime for visitors, and surprising too, as divers unexpectedly witness groups of giant squid swimming close to them. (27/11/2020)
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The Ministry of Finance said that next year, the Thai economy is expected to grow by 3.5 - 4.5 percent. The Permanent Secretary has pointed out that the economy has already passed the lowest point and has started to recover. The ministry will continue to promote economic growth, maintain the employment rate, and expedite government spending. The ministry believes that its measures will help rebuild confidence among international companies to encourage them to invest in Thailand once again. (26/11/2020)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has ideas for following up the success of Thailand in dealing with COVID-19. The overall plan is to stimulate the economy and continue projects that can help the people to spend more and inject money into the local economy, for example, the half-half project, the "Shop Dee Mee Khuen" project, and the "We Travel Together" stimulus package. (26/11/2020)
The National Vaccine Institute has revealed that the Cabinet approved the plan to supply 26 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. It is estimated to cover 13 million people in Thailand by mid-year 2021. The accessibility of vaccines is expected to decrease the infection and fatality rate, including the expense of taking care of COVID-19 patients. According to the report, the COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222 from AstraZeneca showed the efficacy of 90% when it was given first as a half dose, followed by a full dose one month later. No serious safety events related to the vaccine have been confirmed. (26/11/2020)
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The Director-General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) has indicated that the soon-to-be implemented 3-month ban on heavy trucks in Bangkok will significantly mitigate the air pollution issue. PCD Director-General Atthapol Charoenchansa said that the measure was necessary in addressing the PM2.5 situation in the capital, noting that the the Traffic Police Division will implement a ban on 6-wheelers and larger vehicles from entering Bangkok between 6AM to 9PM, from December 1st of this year until the end of February 2021.The measure is expected to reduce airborne particles by 39 percent. (26/11/2020)
PTT Group and its partner agencies will organize the 2020 Annual Petroleum Outlook Forum on the topic of The Great Reset: Whats Next for Oil Markets? with presentations by experts in the petroleum industry. This event aims at presenting the direction of the world's oil prices and the future energy challenge, as well as strategic approaches to sustainable energy. The forum will be beneficial for both the public sector and private sector, and for banking and educational institutions, as well as individuals. It is scheduled to be broadcast live on PRISM Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PrismThailand/) and YouTube on 26 November 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For registration and more information about the forum, please visit: https://prism.pttgrp.com/en/events/detail/51#fileDownload. (25/11/2020)
The Cabinet has approved three new job and income promotion campaigns in communities. The first will further promote of the existing One Tambon One Product campaign with a new normal implementation. Second, the community herb cultivation and processing promotion campaign will help train farmers in how to create innovations and add value to locally grown and processed herbs, and develop them into an export-grade product. The third campaign is the Thai massage occupational workshop to help provide people with occupational skills. (25/11/2020)
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has granted royal land title deeds to various government agencies for state and educational purposes. Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and heads of relevant government agencies were granted an audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen in a handover ceremony on 22 November 2020, when the land title deeds were given for public benefit. (25/11/2020)
Following better than expected feedback on the government's Co-pay general purchases subsidy campaign, the Ministry of Finance is now considering offering this benefit to more than 10 million people in the campaigns second phase. The campaign is an economic stimulation measure introduced by the government in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is intended to help small vendors and businesses, and help cut down the general publics cost of living, while at the same time promoting the use of electronic transactions through the governments mobile wallet app. The Co-pay campaign targets people who have income; it is one of the three economic measures recently introduced, the other two being an allocation of additional benefits for 14 million government welfare card holders and an income tax subsidy campaign for buyers of certain goods and services. The Ministry of Finance says each of these campaigns targets different segments of the population, reflecting the governments intention to help people of all groups. (24/11/2020)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed profound appreciation toward the royal benevolence of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen to grant an audience of the Prime Minister and chiefs of 9 Government agencies to bestow title deeds of the royal properties for public use and benefit. (24/11/2020)
The Prime Minister took part in promoting Thai silk alongside organizers from a foundation of diplomats and their spouses that was formed to aid tourism and promote Thai culture, in the 10th Thai Silk Festival: Thai Silk to the World. Students of fashion design were tapped this year to create silk outfits for foreign ambassadors to Thailand. The festival will take place on 6 December at the Royal Thai Navy Conference Hall. (24/11/2020)
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The Royal Gazette has published an announcement to permit an additional luggage charge for taxis. Taxi drivers may charge passengers between 20 to 100 baht for luggage. Taxi drivers and passengers have to reach an agreement on the charge before the service is provided. The announcement applies to extra charges only for taxi services that are registered in Bangkok and provide service from/to Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. (24/11/2020)
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According to The Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Center for COVID-19 Administration (CCSA) has approved a package for foreign tourists who quarantine and travel in Thailand with the "Amazing Thailand Plus Special Package." Visiting tourists can also book air tickets, apply for visas, and book the quarantine hotels through the Thai Airways website or the Tourism Authority of Thailand's website. There are several packages, for example, staying 2 days plus one free day in Bangkok. These packages will start being offered from 1 December 2020 to 31 March 2021, and participants can travel until 30 April 2021. The Tourism Authority of Thailand will also support a travel allowance for Thailand Elite card members. (24/11/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and ICONSIAM, together with the public and private communities and entrepreneurs, are organising a mega Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021 event on 31 December at River Park of ICONSIAM on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Company Limited, said, In addition to multiple entertainment acts throughout New Years Eve by top artists, the highlight is a dazzling showcase of over 20,000 fireworks made from Thai sticky rice an eco-friendly innovation from Japan. These will light up the sky along the majestic Chao Phraya River and are expected to be seen by more than three million viewers within a five-kilometre radius of the venue. (23/11/2020)
The Prime Minister attended the 27th APEC Summit, held virtually through a video conference at Government House. He said that the APEC member countries issued a mutual statement on cooperation in all areas, especially digital cooperation and development, as well as approving APECs agenda for beyond 2020. In addition, the Government will move forward with the global community to allow the country to advance in a world full of changes, new technologies, and digital disruption. (23/11/2020)
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), in cooperation with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) held an event to state its performance on greenhouse gas reduction, following the goal of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), which transitioned to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) goal. This event announces the achievement of greenhouse gas reduction in Thailand and informs all sectors on ways that they may tackle the climate change issue. (23/11/2020)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved an extension of the emergency decree for another 45 days, covering the New Year's holiday and the period during which an international badminton tournament will be held in Thailand. The emergency decree has been extended from December 1st of this year to January 15th 2021 to facilitate the work of disease-control officials.More days have been added when compared to the previous extensions to cover the New Year's holiday and the HSBC BWF World Tour, an international badminton tournament taking place from January 12th until the end of the month. (22/11/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is planning to hold five major events on New Years Eve in all regions to help stimulate the tourism sector, with six million people expected to attend these events. TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn revealed that it will be holding New Year celebrations in the provinces of Krabi, Sukhothai, Roi Et, Ratchaburi, and Phetchabun as part of the effort to stimulate domestic tourism. According to the governor, these events, held in all regions of the country, are expected to draw 6.7 million visitors, despite having no international visitors due to this years border closures. (22/11/2020)
The Betong border crossing between Thailand and Malaysia in Yala province has maintained strict disease control measures to prevent the import of COVID-19 cases, while reminding villagers to take travel precautions. The province is still on high alert for COVID-19, as the pandemic situation in Malaysia remains worrisome. The border crossing is currently open for Thai nationals returning from Malaysia, with a maximum quota of 50 returnees per day. Travelers must have their returns approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon arrival, the returnees will be screened for flu-like symptoms and begin their quarantine at a facility provided by the province. Freight vehicles are allowed to enter Thailand, provided that they leave on the same day. Vehicles with up to two accompanying persons are allowed to be in Thailand for up to seven hours. (22/11/2020)
Thai Red Cross Society has invited people to donate blood during the long holiday at the National Blood Center on Henri Dunant Road in Bangkok. The Cabinet in September approved public holidays creating two long weekends in November and December this year. The first long weekend is from November 19th to 22nd.The second long weekend is from December 10th to 13th. It includes Constitution Day on December 10th and a substitution holiday on December 11th for National Fathers Day, which this year falls on Saturday, December 5th. The Thai Red Cross Society operates the National Blood Center along with other blood centers located at The Mall Bangkae, The Mall Bangkapi, The Mall NgamWongwan and 12 other locations across the country. (22/11/2020)

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