Daily Highlights Week 43 (19-23 October 2020)

22 October 2020

‘To drive Thailand’s digital economy, the country needs to encourage technology firms to invest in the country, improve people’s digital skills and incubate local startups through the collaboration of state and private sectors, says the Digital Council of Thailand (DCT).’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2006139/dct-urges-digital-strategy-for-development

The Prime Minister announced the removal of the state of severe emergency measures in Bangkok. This declaration is valid since today noon.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/2006459/state-of-emergency-ends-in-bangkok


21 October 2020

‘The Thai Hotels Association (THA) is introducing a stimulus campaign targeting expatriates by offering a 1,000-baht discount on 5,000 room nights and urging the government to move an existing domestic campaign onto e-commerce platforms.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2005531/tha-touts-expat-discounts


20 October 2020

‘Thailand could get the first batch of a Covid-19 vaccine in June at the earliest, if the jab developed by AstraZeneca is approved for mass roll-out, according to the National Vaccine Institute.’

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2004823/vaccines-by-june-if-jab-gets-govt-nod

The president of the Tourism Council of Thailand hopes the government will open a dialogue with the protesters and avoid another coup which might worsen the economy.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2004791/tct-urges-dialogue-to-end-strife

The Treasury Department and the Public Health Ministry will push 4 billion baht on developing Phuket’s medical tourism industry into a world-class medical and wellness tourist destination. Premium and a full range of healthcare and rehabilitation services will be provided.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2004831/treasury-allots-b4bn-for-medical-hub

Economy faces severe shocks, slow recovery – BoT

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2005143/economy-faces-severe-shocks-slow-recovery-bot

Women’s role in the parliament is increasing, showing greater gender equality. However, the male-dominated political environment and a lack of female candidates remain obstacles.

Read more at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2004263/equality-improves-but-hurdles-remain

Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, EVA Air and KLM have started selling tickets to Thailand.

Read more at: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396488?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral


19 October 2020

What do the operators think about the plans to reduce quarantine time for incoming tourists?

Read the views of different stakeholders on re-opening up Thai tourism at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2004319/weighing-the-consequences

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