Simon Fiquet, general manager for Southeast Asia and India at Brand Expedia, said the new service, called Expedia Add-on Advantage, was launched yesterday in Thailand. The service will guarantee travellers a discount from participating hotels in Thailand and other countries if they book flights or packages (flight plus hotel) from Expedia.co.th. "Our new service was created to give travellers more convenience and easier booking with more benefits," Mr Fiquet said. After launching the service, Expedia believes it will help boost online booking, which has been growing in Thailand in recent years. According to Mr Fiquet, many millennial tourists are using social media for booking hotels and airfare, signalling continued growth for the online booking business in the future.
August 08, 2018 00:38 UTC
The index for the direction of the business climate in the July-December period rose to 40, up four points from the first half of this year, for the sixth straight half-year improvement, according to a survey by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok. It was the highest positive figure since the latter half of 2012 when the index stood at 41. Business sentiment in textiles, general machinery, transport machinery, trading and retailers improved, while that in chemicals and construction fell. Hiroki Mitsumata, director of the economic research group at the chamber and head of the Japan External Trade Organization's Bangkok office, said: "Automobile sales in the domestic and overseas markets are recovering, bringing positive effects to other sectors." The chamber polled 1,749 member firms in May and June this year, of which 557 responded.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to see a new ministry overseeing R&D and innovation set up before the next election. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the creation of a new ministry overseeing R&D and innovation, to be established before the next election. R&D spending in 2017 was 102.5 billion baht. The government expects Thailand's overall spending on R&D and innovation will reach 1% of GDP over the next 1-2 years. The plan calls for the private sector to provide 80% of R&D spending by 2036 (up from 70%).
Overall inbound demand to Chiang Rai, Koh Lipe, Mae Hong Son, Trang and Trat on Expedia's travel platform grew by 30% during the period. Among the five destinations, Trat was the most popular, seizing almost half of overall demand, followed by Koh Lipe and Chiang Rai. The highest ADR growth was experienced by Koh Lipe, thanks to its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and lush tropical forests. Although the majority of inbound demand was from Swedish travellers, there was strong 40% growth in demand from American travellers. British travellers also proved valuable, as they alone contributed to 10% ADR growth in Koh Lipe.
(Photo by Patipat Janthong)The value of border trade between Thailand and Myanmar is expected to double to US$12 billion by 2026, says the assistant spokesman of the Prime Minister's Office. Another important development between the two countries to be discussed at the joint commission is the development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ). Once completed, the DSEZ will enhance connectivity and supply chains along the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) of Thailand and the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC). Both countries acknowledged in recent meetings that further discussion is needed to consider an appropriate trilateral inter-governmental mechanism aimed at closely coordinating between Myanmar, Thailand and Japan to implement the development of the DSEZ. Thailand's foreign affairs minister, Don Pramudwinai, and his Myanmar counterpart, U Kyaw Tin, will co-chair the Aug 14 event.
August 08, 2018 00:11 UTC
Hence, it is also known as the Huawei P20 Lite in many countries. And this Huawei Nova 3e follows suit. Too bad, however, that taking photos of low-light scenes will not live up to the P20 Pro's par. Also, amazingly, photo processing time, which usually happens right when taking photos, is pretty much zero here. The HUAWEI Kirin 659 CPU this phone runs on can adequately power trend games such as Garena RoV and Seven Knights.
August 08, 2018 00:06 UTC
I have heard a number stories of users having problems with Windows 10 who upgraded from Windows 7 without a clean install. It started a few updates back when rebooting took a long time, which was resolved with a subsequent update. A more recent issue has occurred for those who did not do a clean Windows 10 install, ie they directly upgraded from Windows 7 or 8, having problems ranging from slow to almost unusable speeds and even system lockdowns. If you find yourself having problems, backup your data and do a clean install directly from Windows 10. One description is a collection of endpoints interacting using the Internet Protocol or IP addresses.
BMW Group Thailand is ready to expand local assembly of electric vehicles (EVs) after the German carmaker was granted investment privileges by the Board of Investment (BoI) on July 25. The BoI said BMW applied for production of plug-in hybrid EVs worth 700 million baht at its facility in Rayong province run by wholly owned BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand. President Christian Wiedmann said the BoI-approved project is an expansion of BMW's existing assembly line at Amata City Industrial Estate for plug-in hybrid EVs. There are four plug-in hybrid models made locally: the 330e, the 530e, the X5 xDrive40e and the 740Le. Preecha Ninatkiattikul, general manager of Mini Thailand, said the Asean agreement with no tax barriers makes Mini's retail price more competitive and attractive for Thai buyers.
Burson, a leading Australian auto parts supplier, is to open its first store outside Australia in Bangkok, in partnership with the Sammitr Group. "Burson Auto Parts Thailand represents a new step in our international growth plans," said Darryl Abotomey, chief executive and managing director of parent firm Bapcor. "Our new store in Bang Bon in Bangkok provides Thai automotive trade and automotive consumers with a one-stop shop for everything they require in parts, accessories, tools and equipment." "No foreign company has managed to establish itself in the Thai auto parts market, which is composed mainly of small operators with one or two stores," said Darryl Gray, general manager of Burson Auto Parts Thailand. Having launched its first store in 1971, Burson steadily became Australia's leading supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment.
Banks have pledged to return money to clients within a day in the event of a mobile transaction screw-up. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILLThe Thai Bankers' Association (TBA) has agreed to shorten the period for unmatched fund transfer returns in the event of mobile app glitches to one day from a few days. The one-day fund returns were a result of a meeting between the Bank of Thailand and the TBA a few weeks ago, said TBA chairman Predee Daochai. Fund transfer transactions through mobile banking have dramatically surged after banks waived off transaction fees over digital channels in late March. Banks will also need to further expand capacity for mobile banking services to prepare for strong growth of the digital service.
August 07, 2018 23:15 UTC
Piya: Still mulling case acceptanceThe lower court ordered that 29 million baht be returned to the victims but the group of defrauded plaintiffs claim they have not received any money. Led by lawyer Anupong Wijitphan, the group submitted their petition to Pol Capt Piya Raksakul, director of the DSI's Bureau of Special Case Management. The victims lost a total of 30 million baht to the scam, the lawyer said. Pol Capt Piya said the DSI was still considering whether to accept the case. "First, the DSI would have to decide if this particular case of fraud fits into the category of a Ponzi scheme," he said.
August 07, 2018 23:13 UTC
In the latest close call regarding the Shinawatras, London has navigated its way past a Thai extradition request for Yingluck. Another foreign diplomat admitted some time ago that diplomatic slipperiness regarding Thaksin should be forgiven. Human rights afford a nice diplomatic basis, but lurking under the surface are powerful, non-ideological benefits. The European Union has been supporting the Shinawatras, but it will listen to what Washington and London have to say. So walking a diplomatic tightrope is more than a cliché when it comes to the West coping with Thailand.
The 21-year-old produced her award-winning short film “Invisible Murder” while she was a second-year student at the university’s Faculty of Communication Arts. Her reputation continued to grow after she won a Silver Award from the Women Filmmakers category at the New York Inter-national Film Festival earlier this year. Sirada said she was inspired to make “Invisible Murder” by her feelings at the time she entered Chulalongkorn University. In Sirada’s view, “Invisible Murder” is about exploring the feelings of a woman who feels invisible and wants to do something to make her presence felt. International films won’t accept a new face easily,” she said.
HHB’s disgusting letter shows his cult following of the lunatic in the White House. Repeating lies over and over again till doubts start to rise like the insane Trump supporters believing in the “witch hunt” by Mueller, who found 191 frauds and indicted many people. HHB, to write such heinous lies makes you for me one of the most despicable human beings I ever read, a lowlife without peer I even wouldn’t touch with tongs.
However, she still had tears of sorrow as the Court overturned the First Court’s ruling and sentenced her mother, Surang Duangchinda, to life in prison. The Court also ordered Jeerasak, Surang, Santi and Tawatchai to pay Bt2.5 million in compensation to Jakkrit’s parents. The court heard that the couple still visited one another, had sexual relations and Nithiwadee took her children to visit Jakkrit in prison. The court found Surang’s previous confession of having ordered the killing convincing. Meanwhile, Boonkid Panichpati-kum, 71, who is Jakkrit’s mother, said she respected the ruling of the Appeals Court but had not expected it to come out like this.