Daily Highlights Week 40 (28 September – 2 October 2020)

2 October 2020

‘The government is scheduled to begin construction of 2.3 billion baht worth of infrastructure for the Smart Park industrial estate project in Rayong in the first quarter next year as it speeds up work to build Thailand’s first high-tech industrial complex to serve 12 targeted S-curve industries.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1995191/smart-park-construction-scheduled-for-q1-of-next-year

Corona crisis spurs the online sales but leads to H&M shutting down 250 shops worldwide. H&M plans to invest more on the digital side to meet the growing online demand.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54369802

1 October 2020

Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) has increased by 4.8% from July to August, showing a slow recovery of industrial sectors.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1994515/manufacturing-ticks-up-again-in-august

Due to the impact of the lockdown period, 10% of companies in the tourism industry have shut down. Entertainment venues, hotels, and theme parks were the three most affected.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1994547/tct-says-10-of-firms-have-closed

Special flights to London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Taipei and Hong Kong will be provided in October by Thai Airways. The company targets people who wish to travel abroad in the upcoming month.

See more details at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395389

It’s official! Announced in the Royal Gazette, long-stay tourists are now able to visit Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme.

See more details at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395428?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral

As COVID-19 has spurred food delivery and created more plastic waste, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) together with the food delivery services have decided to cooperate to reduce single-use plastic and encourage eco-friendly food packaging.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1994495/deal-struck-to-reduce-plastics-use

30 September 2020

Phuket is preparing to receive foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme next week. 120 tourists from Guangzhou expect to arrive on 8 October and are required to do the 14-day state quarantine.

Read more at:https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1993755/phuket-ready-to-open-up

BoI secretary-general Duangjai AsawacThe Board of Investment (BoI) is planning to come up with several schemes to woo investors and help those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, BoI secretary-general Duangjai Asawachintachit said on Tuesday.

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30395331

29 September 2020

‘Thailand on Monday extended a grace period for visa renewals for foreigners stranded in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic until the end of October, as travel restrictions remain in place and new infections climb globally.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1993035/thailand-extends-grace-period-for-stranded-foreigners

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved 6 more foreign groups who are able to enter Thailand. The shortening of the quarantine period is currently being discussed in the government.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1993075/govt-beckons-further-arrivals

The Electrical Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) aims to provide more charging outlets for electric vehicles (EVs) to serve EV owners and help the government reach its goal to increase EV production to 30% of total automotive output in the country by 2030.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1993243/evat-aims-for-ev-outlet-ubiquity

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting ‘Expat Travel Bonus, The Healthy Journey’ on 10-11 October, from 10:00-22:00 at CentralWorld.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/pr/1993015/the-tourism-authority-of-thailand-tat-shines-the-spotlight-on-thailands-reputation

28 September 2020

‘Emergency decree extended for another month’

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395240?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral

‘The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved on Monday entry into the country for more groups of foreigners.’

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395255?utm_source=homepage_hilight&utm_medium=internal_referral


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