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Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the Thailand Plus application to better support foreign tourists. He has also invited the public to observe religious precepts and eat as vegetarians in the Chinese Vegetarian Festival for good health. He visited an exhibition to demonstrate the Thailand Plus application. The application was developed thanks to cooperative efforts by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the Department of Disease Control, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Transport, the Immigration Office, and the Digital Government Development Agency. The Prime Minister thanked all organizations for their work in developing the application. It will help to build confidence among tourists traveling to Thailand, which will lead to the stimulation of the economy. (12/10/2020)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha congratulates Thailand and ASEAN on their achievement in establishing the ASEAN Network for Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (AN-IUU). The AN-IUU will support effective exchange and use of information obtained from the monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) system, create a network for better communication between the law enforcement authorities and governmental authorities taking responsibility for combating IUU fishing, and enhance the capability of member countries through good practices. Thailand has also been assigned as coordinator for the AN IUU networking between ASEAN member countries and outside parties, and as the leading country to create an online interactive platform as the mechanism for the exchange of information. (12/10/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce is planning to take advantage of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) as a way to help the export sector. It is now working to retain existing markets while negotiating deals for new markets next year. The objective in the next year is for the conclusion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, between 10 ASEAN countries and six partner countries. Thailand currently has 13 FTAs with 18 countries, in all accounting for some 300 billion U.S. dollar trade value last year, and 62.8 percent of the countrys entire international trade value. (12/10/2020)
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Thailand will mark this years passing anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on October 13th, remembering the life and countless achievements of the late monarch. Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam said the event will organize a remembrance ritual at 7AM at the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground before giving alms to 89 monks. A wreath laying ceremony will also be held in the morning. A candle vigil will be held at 7PM at Sanam Luang with Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha presiding over the ceremony while similar events will be concurrently organized in each province . He noted that the event does not have a dress code, but attendees are welcome to wear Yellow, the birthday color of the late monarch. (12/10/2020)
The government has launched a co-payment campaign to help companies pay half the wages of new hirees, or up to 7,500 baht per person each month until September 30th next year. Companies in Phuket are encouraged to participate in the campaign to help new graduates find work. Businesses seeking to hire new employees can register their offers on the campaign's website. The government's co-payment campaign is applicable to new graduates with a bachelor's degree, vocational certificate, or a high school diploma for those no older than 25, with the exception of high school graduates for the classes of 2019 and 2020. (12/10/2020)
Thai Authorities have decided to postpone a visit by a group of 150 tourists from Guangzhou, China, who were scheduled to visit Phuket on October 8th to 25th, in order to preemptively protect Thai travelers who are expected to visit the island during the upcoming Vegetarian Festival which will take place from October 16th - 25th. Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC) General Natthapon Nakpanich explained that the move was necessary because the festival will likely attract large numbers of local travelers to the province. (12/10/2020)
The Department of Health has a policy to enhance the standard of street food in all provinces in Thailand by the end of the year 2021. Nowadays, Thai people tend to consume street food more than before, and Thai street food is also famous among foreign tourists. There will be a label with the Street Food Thailand symbol to show the hygiene and safety of the food. In addition, to develop the standard of street food innovations, all must be done under the "new normal" measures. (09/10/2020)
e Royal Irrigation Department has ordered all of its agencies to follow the water situation closely after expecting very heavy rain in the Northeast, East, and South, and in central Thailand. They are also preparing facilities to stand by in the flood risk areas. The medium-sized and large reservoirs are also being monitored and will control the water level to maintain a safe level and not affect the people who live nearby. (09/10/2020)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a Workation Thailand campaign to promote tourism product quality and services of business owners. This campaign, which is targeted at incentive travel groups, aims to build tourist trust and communicate Thailands image as a top-quality tourist spot. Moreover, this campaign will stimulate domestic travel and support the tourism entrepreneurs in the middle of this COVID-19 crisis. All interested organizations may register via the website (09/10/2020)
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The Government is promoting the "Kor Khor 43" variety of Thai rice, to expand the market and develop rice that is suitable for the climate. According to the Rice Department, which is cooperating with the Mahidol University, Kor Khor 43 rice has a lower glucose (sugar) index at 57.45. Therefore, the rice is good for people who would like to lose some weight and who have health concerns, especially persons at risk of diabetes. (09/10/2020)
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has stated that the Government and related agencies are still considering the most suitable ways to reopen the country to international tourists. In the first stage, only certain groups of foreign visitors are likely to be allowed to visit limited areas and must go through the COVID-19 prevention measures upon arrival, as well as going into quarantine for 14 days. Meanwhile, Thailand has been praised by international organizations for the way it has handled the spread of COVID-19. (08/10/2020)
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The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has forecast that Thailand will likely face heavy rains in several regions from October 7th-9th. According to the TMD, storm patterns are expected to make landfall in southern Vietnam, before moving through Cambodia into the Gulf of Thailand. Heavy to very heavy rains are expected in the lower northeastern, eastern, central, and southern regions during this period. The TMD recommends that villagers in affected areas prepare for possible flash floods while ships and small boats should be kept ashore. Residents in coastal areas should meanwhile relocate their belongings to higher ground. (08/10/2020)
The Cabinet has approved loans worth 10.63 billion baht to strengthen the economy and society at the sub-district level.The budget will be used to promote employment, restore economic and social activities, and address the grievances and needs of communities. Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri explained that the One Subdistrict, One University project will be supervised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, while adding that the campaign aims to assign universities to help develop sub-districts. (08/10/2020)
Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, stated that the Government plans to drive forward human resources development. He complimented the Ministry of Education on their plan to support vocational students. To develop the country, human resources is the most important thing for implementing the 20-year national strategy, as education is a significant tool to build a nation with stability and sustainability. (08/10/2020)
The President of Thai Hotels Association (THA) has mentioned that the number of tourists the Government will allow to visit Thailand, which is only 1,200 people per month, is not enough to increase the revenue from tourism. The president expects that a fast and convenient booking system, as well as the addition of more international flights and the expanding of tourist numbers per month, could increase Thailands tourism income in the future. (08/10/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that two of Thailands most charming destinations, which are Chiang Khan in Loei and Nan Old City in Nan, have been recognized internationally. Both beautiful tourist places have been listed among the 2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations. Being listed among the top sustainable destinations is testament to the tireless effort by the local communities, the visitors, and everyone involved in both Chiang Khan and Nan Old City to ensure sustainable tourism activities. The 2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations listing is arranged by Green Destinations, a non-profit foundation for sustainable destination development and recognition based in Leiden, Netherlands. For more information, visit (08/10/2020)
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Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the 4/2020 meeting of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee. He emphasized that the Government is determined to drive forward the EEC through promoting investment. Thailand has the potential and opportunity to become both an intra- and inter-regional logistics hub through transport connectivity, covering both land, air, and waterways. All related agencies are reminded to proceed according to related investment plans, taking into account transparency and the investment balance of Thai and foreign investment. (08/10/2020)
The Cabinet has approved a budget of 878 million baht to purchase seven cancer radiation therapy machines. The project, proposed by the Ministry of Public Health, aims to reduce the congestion and waiting time of patients, make their access to the treatment easier, and prevent the risk of spreading or getting infected with COVID-19. The machines will be installed at the National Cancer Institute, Bangkok, and six other hospitals nationwide. (07/10/2020)
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The Meteorological Department has issued a warning on the potential development of a low pressure system into a tropical depression over the Southern China Sea today. The storm is expected to make a landfall in southern Vietnam, before moving through Cambodia and into the Gulf of Thailand. Heavy to very heavy rainfalls are expected in the lower northeastern region, the eastern region, the central region, and the southern region on 7-9 October. (07/10/2020)
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Herbs have been considered highly valuable goods in Thailand for many years. The Government has long given precedence to growing herbs and the production of related products, as they are a group of high-value economic crops. Herbs are ingredients in many products, ranging from food, drinks, cosmetics, and supplements to medications. This keeps the herb market growing significantly, with little competition. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, exports are as high as during normal times, especially with orders from China, Vietnam, and the USA. The Government is ready to support all related organizations to help develop herbal products and to double sales, from 180 billion baht to 360 billion baht, by the end of 2021. By achieving this goal, Thailand would become No. 1 in ASEAN for herb exports. (07/10/2020)

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