Apec, China reopening could boost growth to 4%Thailand's economy is expected to grow by 3-4% next year, growth supported by the tourism industry and as an outcome of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, a seminar was told. Mr Sanan said he regarded this year as a challenge for the economy as the country faced crises brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has hit economic growth across the board. However, Mr Sanan is confident GDP will grow 3-4%, while export growth will rise to 3-5% following news that China will reopen its country by the middle of next year. China's reopening will result in an increase in foreign tourists in Thailand, doubling the number from this year to 20 million tourists. The chamber will expedite planning for the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy model and foreign investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), to ensure the pace of growth is maintained.
November 27, 2022 05:31 UTC
Substitute Fernandez made sure of the three points when he curled a superb shot into the top corner in the 87th minute. The result restored order for the Argentines in Group C after their shock opening 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. Argentina, on three points, can guarantee progress with a win over Poland, top on four, in their final game on Wednesday. Mexico, who have now lost all four World Cup clashes with Argentina, have one point and must beat Saudi Arabia, on three, to have any chance of continuing their run of making the last 16 in the last seven World Cups, but even that might not be enough. With the prospect of an Argentina elimination, tensions were high on and off the ball in a scrappy first half but with the two sets of fans creating an electric atmosphere in the stadium.
November 27, 2022 03:02 UTC
Meanwhile, the success of the Apec summit early this month sparked hope of a perfect outcome for host Thailand. Video clips of world leaders showcasing Thai food and culture went viral around the globe. Meanwhile, Thais’ anxiety was rising over whether they would get free broadcasts of the Fifa World Cup. Another mess followed the deal when the broadcasters complained True Corp had dominated the World Cup broadcast allocation with 32 of the 64 matches. Amorn Wanichwiwatana, DPhil (Oxon), is a former member of the Constitution Drafting Commission and a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University.
November 26, 2022 19:01 UTC
PTT asked to help subsidise power chargesAn electric vehicle is recharged in Siam Square area of Bangkok. The government is trying to freeze power costs for small consumers as the price of natural gas used for electricity generation continues to force costs up. This would allow Egat to freeze its electricity charges for people who use no more than 500 units per month. The fund would also contribute alongside the proposed PTT contribution to freeze charges from January to April, he said. The country must import a large amount of expensive LNG for power generation because natural gas production in the Gulf of Thailand is declining.
November 26, 2022 14:18 UTC
Aerial footage shared on Saturday showed more than 40 wild elephants being guided across farms in Prachin Buri’s Wang Tha Chang district. The herd had reportedly made its way out of the sanctuary in neighbouring Chachoengsao province to hunt for food in Prachin Buri, which is rich with farms of sugarcane, cassava, mango and oil palm. Officials first used drones to survey the area and usher wandering elephants together before guiding them back to the sanctuary. This effort has helped minimise damage to crops and ensured the safety of villagers. A ranger explained that the herd was being ushered to Bo Krasob Forest in the heart of the sanctuary that spans 1,070 square kilometres and is home to several hundred wild elephants.
November 26, 2022 13:05 UTC
Bangkok, November 25, 2022 — Central Department Store, operated by Central Retail, has announced a festive-season surprise by unveiling “CENTRAL LADPRAO THE NEW LOOK.”The new all-around revamp will help the retailer transformed the Ladprao’s 40-year-old legendary mall into the “all-time landmark and complete lifestyle destination” under the “Boundless Playground” concept. A total area of 50,000 square meters include the area of Supersports, B2S and PowerBuy. The store is also organizing fun activities and special promotions during the grand reveal celebration. Mr. Olivier Bron, Chief Executive Officer — Central Department Store, under Central Retail, said “From the very first day, Central Department Store never stopped innovating and exploring new ways to create the best shopping experience for our valued customers. Central Ladprao has been the go-to shopping destination for not only people living in the Ladprao area but for all Bangkokians since 1983.
November 26, 2022 09:04 UTC
This new connection venture focuses on the principle of "win-win sharing income" partly through digital technology to revive the Thai tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected to boost Thailand's economy by 12 billion baht. For entrepreneurs who want to increase sales channels and reduce dependence on foreign OTAs, it is difficult to contact OTAs of Thai startups. At the same time, OTAs of Thai startups are growing slowly because of obstacles in terms of funding and credibility. It takes time to access and acquire the tour operators in the system.
November 25, 2022 20:03 UTC
Gracenote, a Nielsen company, today released its World Cup 2022 forecast which identifies Brazil and Argentina as the two favourites most likely to triumph in Qatar. Spotlight• According to Gracenote, Brazil is the favourite to win the 2022 World Cup with a 20% chance of lifting the trophy on December 18. Brazil is at the top of Gracenote's World Football Ranking after losing just three times in 50 matches since being eliminated from the 2018 World Cup by Belgium. Despite this, a World Cup final between Brazil and Argentina is currently the most likely match-up on December 18 according to Gracenote simulations. World Cup holders France are next according to Gracenote projections with a 5% chance of a repeat performance.
November 25, 2022 05:05 UTC
In an urgent notification to internet protocol TV (IPTV) operators, the telecom regulator said that under the “must carry” rule, the tournament must also be made available on IPTV platforms including 3BB TV, NT-TOT IPTV, and AIS Playbox. The notification effectively cancels True Corp’s exclusive broadcasting rights for half of this year’s World Cup matches via its IPTV and other online platforms. But from now on, fans in Thailand can also watch the matches via other IPTV platforms. The “must carry” rule dictates that major sports events like the World Cup must be broadcast for free across all platforms in Thailand. On Wednesday, Fifa threatened to revoke Thailand’s World Cup broadcasting rights after it found Thai broadcasts of matches were being watched in neighbouring countries.
November 25, 2022 03:13 UTC
“As head of the Apec 2022 Task Force, I am grateful for all the contributions to help create history by successfully hosting the Apec 2022,” said Thanatip, a former Thai ambassador. The QSNCC served more than 5,000 people, including delegates and media people from all 21 member economies, during the Apec 2022. Meanwhile, NCC executive vice president MR Swasdivudh Svasti-vatana credited contributions from everyone in Team Thailand, including chefs, food stylists, artisans and students who worked behind the scenes to ensure Apec 2022 went on smoothly. “This success would not have happened without those people, and not just QSNCC teams,” he said. The executive also said that another pride for QSNCC was that Thai soft power was presented through food made with ingredients from local communities.
November 24, 2022 16:08 UTC
Fifa’s warning prompted SAT to immediately notify the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, urging the telecom watchdog to ensure all parties involved in the broadcasting of the World Cup 2022 finals – being held in Qatar until December 18 – strictly abide by Fifa’s broadcasting transmission encryption standard. SAT governor Kongsak Yodmanee said on Wednesday that these parties are five multiplexer DTTs, Thaicom, and all companies providing set-top box (STB) services. Fifa has asked the broadcasters to strictly encrypt its over-the-air transmissions at least to the minimum standards of “Biss CA Director” or “Power/u”, said Kongsak. Furthermore, Thaicom and the providers of STB services cannot use the Biss 1 Simultcrypt as they are now doing, he added. “Failure to comply with these rules will result in Thailand’s broadcasting rights being forfeited,” Kongsak added.
November 24, 2022 11:21 UTC
Then, [we] came back to analyse and develop the system to reach the World Cup,” Witthaya said. Japan has now become a regular at the World Cup having qualified seven consecutive times. Twenty-one of Japan’s 26-man squad at the 2022 World Cup played in professional leagues in Europe. Currently, Japan have almost achieved all their short-term goals with only the top goal — the World Cup — still to be attained. However, considering their rapid rate of progress they might not have to wait until 2050 to hoist the World Cup.
November 24, 2022 11:03 UTC
The event, held from November 19 to 20 at the Happy and Healthy Bike Lane at Suvarnabhumi Airport, sought to promote exercise and strengthen family ties. The response exceeded expectations, with almost 2,000 children and their families attending. The Happy and Healthy Bike Lane at Suvarnabhumi Airport was inaugurated in 2015 thanks to a partnership between SCB and Airports of Thailand PCL. We kicked off the inaugural "Super Balance Thailand 2022" competition during November 19-20. Over 2,000 children and family members attended the event, highlighting the significance of young children's physical and mental development for skill-building, promotion of sportsmanship, and extracurricular learning.
November 24, 2022 08:04 UTC
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November 24, 2022 03:03 UTC
Saudi Arabia fans shouted, “where’s Messi” and “they can’t look us in the eye,” as they made their way out of the stadium and into the streets of the city of Lusail, immediately north of the capital Doha. Argentina fans, on the other hand, were in a state of disbelief as they turned their attention to the remaining matches in the group phase against Mexico and Poland. On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him, the 35-year-old Messi scored a 10th minute penalty in a dominant first half display where he and Lautaro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.
November 23, 2022 08:03 UTC